Learn About PeaceLove CREATORS

Delivering expressive arts to communities in need.

The CREATORS Program equips frontline professionals to deliver our expressive arts curriculum to their communities. Facilitators work directly with individuals, families, and groups throughout the country to help them achieve improved mental health and better quality of life through artistic expression. After receiving training, CREATORS deliver ongoing workshops consisting of visual arts, storytelling, sound, and movement with the purpose of providing new resources and skills to achieve mental wellness.

Become a CREATOR

The Workshops

Creative Calisthenics

Getting out of comfort zones through an exciting and unexpected exercise with paint

Dual Emotions

Exploring the relationship between different emotions experienced

Mandala Poetry

Learning to be present in the moment while becoming more conscious of inner thoughts and feelings

Rhythm and Color

Collaborating through a multimodal experience of musical creativity, artistic inspiration, and dynamic energy

Story Shoes

Expressing each person’s unique story and life journey using three-dimensional collage and stories

Transformation Collages

Inspiring transformation of unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns into a positive alternative path

Our Impact

108

PeaceLove CREATORS Trained

Improving mental health, one community at a time.

21

States with Ongoing Programs

Creating peace of mind across the U.S., Canada, and Jamaica.

59,518

Expressive Arts Experiences Delivered

Achieving mental wellness with new resources and skills.

TESTIMONIALS

It’s really awesome how much expressive arts can open the mind of students to different ideas.

Christina Getz, CREATOR (Caron – Wernersville, PA)

Expressive arts are such an amazing way to introduce people to art and new forms of self-care.

Becca Taylor, CREATOR (New Hampshire Hospital – Concord, NH)

I would call my project ‘Untold’ because it’s a part of my life I’ve never told anyone.

Participant (Family & Children’s Aid – Danbury, CT)

It was an absolute joy… it made me relieve a lot of pain.

Participant (HELP of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas, NV)

Meet the Creators

Our CREATORS are passionate, dedicated professionals who positively impact lives every day. They are a diverse group of teachers, social workers, child life specialists, recreational therapists, LMHC’s, etc. working with kids, teens and adults throughout the country. PeaceLove is possible because of these inspiring frontline professionals.

I have never considered myself capable of making art. I had not previously thought that I would be capable of helping others find the artist within themselves. Now I feel capable and equipped with all the tools necessary to help others on their journey of self-expression through art.

Abbie Stenberg

Anchor Recovery Community Center
Rhode Island

I felt thrilled because it went so well, and the patients seemed to love it.

Allison Guiliano

Eleanor Slater Hospital
Rhode Island

I'm excited to be a CREATOR because I know how much this process and the workshops can benefit others!

Amanda Malone

Howard County Public School System
Maryland

The feedback we received was incredible. We had tears of joy, happy dances, huge smiles and lots of air kisses and hugs.

Amara Riccio

Riccio Pick Me Ups
New Jersey

I was impressed with the reactions from each of the kids... from increased focus, to big smiles, expression of feelings during the workshop.

Amy Niezrecki

Nashua School District
New Hampshire

[After the training, I now have] better tools to handle and deal with certain situations with not only myself, but my participants as well.

Andrea Anzalone

City of LV - Parks & Recreation
Nevada

Everyone needs to take care of their mental health. You do not need to be diagnosed with something in order to get something out of [this program].

Andrea Barrett

Wareham Middle School
Massachusetts

Being able to be a part of the moment when a patient is able to freely create and express how they feel through their artwork is beyond rewarding. If it were up to me, I would have nothing but PeaceLove workshops going from 9-3 every day for every patient.

Andrea Durant

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Texas

I'm excited to bring a new form of expression towards a demographic that doesn't always have access.

Andrew Wolff

Boys Town New England
Rhode Island

The CREATORS Program will help me connect with some of our children who have experienced trauma and give them a way to express their feelings.

Angie Cain

Winchester Public Schools
Virginia

I'm excited to bring something new that people haven't seen before. I know this program can bring a lot of positivity to their lives.

Ashley Mazejko

Sojourner House
Rhode Island

Mental health isn't just about having a mental health disorder, but also how one improves or works on their mental wellness.

Ashley Quan

Boys and Girls Club Boston
Massachusetts

The CREATORS Program allows me to connect with participants in a different way, giving kids the time to immerse themselves in a creative experience and let them be who they are.

Becca Taylor

New Hampshire Hospital
New Hampshire

Expressive arts is a wonderful way to give children in my hospital a voice and an outlet for their feelings.

Belinda Thayn

Castleview Hospital
Utah

I am excited to [use the CREATORS Program to] bring more ways of communication to my population.

Bethany Diedrich

University of Michigan
Michigan

The curriculum never ceases to amaze me in results described by those who experience them.

Bob Robillard Jr.

Town of Coventry
Rhode Island

I'm excited to see others grow through expressive arts and for the potential to reach those I may not have been able to reach without the tools I've learned through the [training].

Brittany Hook

Recreational Therapist
Indiana

[As a CREATOR, I am most excited about] helping my patients express themselves.

Carla De Lemos

Kaiser Permanente
California

I'm excited [for the CREATORS Program to provide] support to my patients and their families.

Carmen Leung

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
California

I think the curriculum is great and will be really helpful to my patients, and the community.

Ceceley Chambers

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Massachusetts

My greatest success [as a CREATOR] is being able to inspire the students I work with to try some new ways of working through their problems.

Christina Getz

Caron Treatment Centers
Pennsylvania

I believe that there are all kinds of support and different ways to approach mental health, and to have [this new tool] gives me hope.

Christine Forsyth

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

I am inspired to bring my passion of using the arts to help patients heal and better cope with hospitalization.

Clarissa Byrd

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
California

I'm excited to be a CREATOR [to support] my students' mental wellness through creative arts.

Cole Robinson

The Met School
Rhode Island

I have had the privilege of watching participants transform through participation. Whether participants were engaging in a single workshop or my weekly series through the clinic, I have watched these workshops really deliver 1-2 hours of true peace of mind.

Dana Hillman

Family and Children's Aid
Connecticut

I was blown away by some really profound insights from some patients who had struggled in other groups.

David Leicht

Butler Hospital
Rhode Island

I'm really proud of the individuals who take the time to come [to the workshops].

Deidre Fraser

ALEX AND ANI
Rhode Island

Running these PeaceLove groups where individuals can express their feelings and emotions in such a safe and creative way while experiencing healing and self-exploration is such a powerful and beautiful process and is the reason I feel honored and blessed to now be a PeaceLove CREATOR.

Diane Dioguardi

Family and Children's Aid
Connecticut

PeaceLove is creative, accessible, and non-intimidating.

Ellice Park

Pathways Counseling Center
Ohio

I am looking forward to providing clients with an opportunity to experience mental health awareness with creativity and art.

Erin Albanese

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

The CREATORS Program will give my population the chance to express themselves and gain some insight into the areas they are hoping to work on.

Gayle Kanary

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation
Ohio

These workshops have been a wonderful complement to the services I provide for my clients and the care that they receive at Ontario Shores.

Grace Williamson

Ontario Shores
Ontario, Canada

Being a CREATOR allows me to teach [my patients] to better express themselves and process all they go through.

Hallie Filreis

Rady Children's Hospital
California

I have found being a CREATOR to be a huge teaching tool for me! I see the joy in the kids letting them be free to do what they want.

Janice Sanchez

Boys and Girls Club of East Providence
Rhode Island

I am excited to be a CREATOR because I feel like this is my chance to help others the way I was and wished I was helped.

Jelly Feliz

The Met School
Rhode Island

[This program gives us] creative ways to get people to open up - especially children.

Jenn Toutain

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

I'm looking forward to starting to help others work through their personal challenges in a creative and 'non traditional' way.

Jessica Raymond

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I am looking forward to providing new tools for expression and a way to build a stronger community where students can talk about mental health.

Jose Rosario

Rhode Island College
Rhode Island

[With the CREATORS Program], I hope to draw out more creative potential [in my participants] and build their confidence.

Julianne Johnson

Mystic River Residential Care
Connecticut

PeaceLove allows me to add so much more to the people's lives that I work with every day.

Julie Murray

Ontario Shores
Ontario, Canada

I am constantly reminded, especially when doing a workshop, just how fortunate I am to work with the population I work with.

Kara Ronayne

Slater Middle School
Rhode Island

I am most looking forward [to implementing the CREATORS Program] to help kids explore themselves openly and not look to the product of something as defining of themselves or their abilities.

Kate St. Onge

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I'm excited for this program to help bring creativity to my therapy, and encouraging others to use art more.

Katelin Trinidad

Northeast Health Services
Massachusetts

I am so excited to have a new tool in my toolbox in order to help others.

Katie Haidemenos

La Salle Academy
Rhode Island

I'm most looking forward to providing a positive, meaningful experience to youth who are suffering from trauma and mental health concerns.

Kellie Sheridan

Town of Manchester Youth Service Bureau
Connecticut

I was really proud that although they were nervous at first, the group was able to open up and share some of their vulnerabilities.

Kim Kelly-Walker

Friends Way
Rhode Island

I felt confident that I was trained appropriately and had the skills to run the workshop.

Kimberly Diorio-Rooney

The Met School
Rhode Island

I believe [this program] will help my patients learn more about themselves, aid their mental wellness, and help them work through any challenges and emotions.

Kyle Amsler

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Pennsylvania

The kids [at Bradley Hospital] often express how much they enjoy PeaceLove.

Kyri Allison

Bradley Hospital
Rhode Island

I am excited at the idea of sharing strategies for mental wellbeing that are creative, personal, adaptable, and applicable. I am excited to create a space of love, kindness and caring.

LA Harper

Ontario Shores
Ontario, Canada

I am excited to give kids and families another way to connect with one another and their emotional experience.

Laura Buss

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

I feel as though I have 6 great new activities that are going to allow me to have those 'break through' moments with each patient.

Lea Thompson

Child Life Specialist
Washington

These workshops will bring empathy, compassion and togetherness to the employees and help foster a positive environment. I truly believe these programs will make a difference in the culture.

Leigh Silveira

ALEX AND ANI
Rhode Island

[CREATORS] has helped me to better understand [my participants]… seeing their fears, hearing their struggles, and having them share their dreams.

Lisa Pease

Reach for the Stars Child Development Center
New Hampshire

[As a CREATOR], I hope that [my population] will gain greater emotional resilience, learn new modalities of coping, and begin to express and work through their own individual life traumas.

Lori Janik

Arizona Burn Foundation
Arizona

I really love [giving] the kids a tool to help them independently manage those [difficult] times on their own.

Lynn Michaelson

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I'm excited to give others who suffer from mental illness a way to express themselves in a positive way, where they can be comfortable to share or not share.

Marcela Lee

Natchaug Hospital Joshua Center
Connecticut

Mainly, I have found that being creative has given me an outlet in my own life. PeaceLove gives me a way to pass this on to my students in a way I would never be able to do on my own. I am most grateful for this opportunity.

Maria DiNobile

Central Falls High School
Rhode Island

I'm excited to bring creativity and expression into my school. Creative art is a great outlet and with the guidance of each workshop I know many students are going to benefit from them and get to know themselves a little better.

Marieli Hernandez

The Met School
Rhode Island

[Being a CREATOR] has opened me up to seeing the individuals I work with in a different light.

Marlena Davis

The Groden Center
Rhode Island

I know this program will reach some students that we are not reaching in other ways, and that it will reach all students in some way.

Mary Lil Moses

New Horizon's Regional Education Center
Virginia

[I'm excited to give] kids a way to express their feelings, a place where kids can be creative and connect with each other outside of their classrooms.

Megan Nason

Boston Public Schools
Massachusetts

I'm excited to make a change and help give people tools to deal with mental health issues.

Meredith Birch

Taunton Public Schools
Massachusetts

EVERYONE of all ages and situations can benefit from the PeaceLove experience. It's truly amazing and powerful and I'm so proud to now be a part of it!

Mia DeMarco

Bradley Hospital
Rhode Island

I am so excited [for the CREATORS Program] to bring a voice to the foster care community in a unique way!

Mindy Solomon

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

[This CREATORS Program is] so needed for my population.

Molly Perham

New Hampshire Hospital
New Hampshire

I'm excited to be a CREATOR [to help] my population create peace of mind.

Monika Larson

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

My population is very creative in general and I am pleasantly surprised at their ability to articulate when given the chance to express themselves.

Nancy Lyon

Compass School
Rhode Island

I'm excited to share my enthusiasm about using expressive arts to relieve anxiety.

Nicole Ingegneri

Fairfax County Public Schools
Virginia

There is a culture shift underway around the value of mindfulness, and this is the perfect time to bring expressive arts workshops to the young children I teach, as well as their classroom teachers.

Pam Atanasoff

Musical Journeys
Massachusetts

I am meant to be a part of this work... it is truly an extension of who I am and what my heart believes.

Pam McGrath

Amherst Middle School
New Hampshire

I am looking forward to the freedom that people can experience if they embrace [the CREATORS Program].

Patrice Palmer

Homeland Security & Justice Programs
Ohio

It's fun watching people take chances and get a little messy!

Paula Brinkman

SPARK After School Program
Connecticut

I think that I can use [this program] to get a deeper sense of how my patients are feeling.

Rachel Pedinoff

Rady Children's Hospital
California

I'm so excited to be able to be a part of this... to help get rid of all the stigma around [mental health]!

Rafaela Moraes

Family & Children's Aid
Connecticut

I'm most looking forward to the responses of my population and to be a key to help them find peace of mind in their projects.

Rose Gray

Portsmouth Regional Hospital
New Hampshire

[I am most excited] to see the positive impact [of the CREATORS Program] and to build relationships.

Sandra Nolan

Veazie Street Elementary School
Rhode Island

[I hope the CREATORS Program will help] them understand themselves more without the use of stigma.

Stephanie Lanzi

Eleanor Slater Hospital
Rhode Island

The individuals that I serve all have beautiful voices and strong stories.

Sunnie Ennis

Help Of Southern Nevada
Nevada

I have found that using creative arts helps me to deal more effectively with challenges I encounter in my work.

Tammy Lynn Woodruff

Kaiser Permanente
California

Some participants that I know struggle with self-expression were able to express themselves with ease.

Taylor Hooker

Veteran's Affairs
Minnesota

[I'm excited to use the CREATORS Program] to help people cope with their illness or feelings through art as a modality.

Traci Aoki-Tan

Kaiser Permanente
California

This is one of the best programs that I have been involved with in terms of impact on my participants.

Valerie Carter

Recreational Therapist
New Hampshire

I am excited to show [my participants] another way to heal.

Vanessa Cubellis

Family Services RI
Rhode Island

As a CREATOR I look forward to being able to provide an outlet for my clients and their families.

Viviana Zendejas

Family Service RI
Rhode Island

 

 

PeaceLove is not a licensed therapy provider. In the CREATORS training, participants learn how to utilize the arts as a way to inspire, motivate, build self-confidence, and improve lives through creative expression and a message of hope. While our programs are based on the belief that creating art is healing and life enhancing, we do not include psychotherapeutic theories or techniques in our process. We recognize that creative expression can be helpful in communicating issues, emotions, and conflicts; however, we do not evaluate, interpret, or diagnose individuals based on their work. Should serious emotional issues arise for any individual, we advise that the person seek additional support from appropriate doctors and therapists.

Becoming a PeaceLove CREATOR does not make a person a licensed therapist nor is the curriculum a substitute for therapy.