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How it All Started
The PeaceLove Story
“I painted. It made me feel better. I thought it would help others.”
PeaceLove began in 2009 when cousins Matt and Jeff set out to create a movement the mental health community could rally behind. A movement that encouraged creativity, self expression, community, and storytelling.
SEEKING PEACE OF MIND
Jeff began painting at the suggestion of a friend after completing exposure response therapy. Despite having no formal training, Jeff found painting relieved the symptoms of his OCD and granted him a sense of control. It became a way for him to express himself.
In early 2009, Jeff and his cousin Matt purchased a bunch of art supplies and headed to a children’s intensive treatment unit at the local psychiatric hospital. Jeff shared his story and struggles and challenged the kids to paint what gave them peace of mind. The kids not only had fun but were able to communicate through their art in ways that they couldn’t in words. This experience inspired the creation of PeaceLove.
With nothing but a cart full of art supplies and belief in the expressive arts, Matt and Jeff created PeaceLove to share the power of creativity with others.
THE CREATORS PROGRAM
In 2015, PeaceLove launched their CREATORS Program, training professionals to use the PeaceLove workshops with their populations. Since then, PeaceLove has impacted more than 65,000 lives.
Artist and Co-Founder
CEO and Co-Founder
Special Events Director
CREATORS Coordinator & Lead Trainer
CREATORS Program Director
CREATORS Coordinator & Trainer
CREATORS Trainer, West Coast
Director of Resource Development
Victoria Nadine Rose
Storytelling & Blog Curator
Marketing & Design Coordinator
Our board members are committed to making a difference in the world of mental health. With their love, support, and guidance, together we are changing people’s lives and making communities stronger.
Viewpoint Sales & Marketing
Boston Consulting Group
Family & Children's Aid