Resilience + Art Therapy

People face traumas and crises every day, but it builds their resilience.

To reduce stress in Ferguson, professionals needed to find a way to creatively have those who were affected express those feelings.  The community stopped by and told their story through a sandbox and figures to convey their feelings about the event.  One looked like this:


Interesting, huh?  What I believe is that once your inner creative side is released, you feel better mentally and, sometimes, even physically.  The power of art is used in therapy as an alternative and cheap way to pass the time and heal the soul.  It’s fun and it’s proven to work!  Just check out some articles I found while researching about the topic:  http://beeanartist.weebly.com/research.html

Although art will not cure a disease, or prevent what happened at Ferguson, but it is “a strategic effort to support and instill resilience, a requisite to any successful reparation and recovery process.” It’s like going to a therapist: you get to tell your story (through art) and you can receive feedback (as others can look art and comment on).  Art helps accelerate post-traumatic growth and eventually builds your resilience.

More trauma (informed practice)-art therapy: http://www.trauma-informedpractice.com/

Link for the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201411/expressive-arts-and-resilience-hope-ferguson


New shopping cart + new website!

There’s a new design for the website! It’s super cool! http://beeanartist.weebly.com/

There’s also a new shopping cart/store! Buy your copy of Dancing between the Wind today!  http://beeanartist.bigcartel.com/

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Art Show Fundraiser!

My art teacher of 11 years is having her annual art show this Saturday!  She is asking for donations of either food or unopened toiletries, so please bring whatever you have.  Anything helps!  The Art Center is located in Fountain Valley, CA, next to Coco’s and across the street from Full Moon, Mimi’s Cafe, and Ralphs.  There will be CAKE and CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES, so you must go!

Art Center's Fundraiser




South Coast Plaza: Festival of Children


Today, I will be at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA by the carousel reading my book, Dancing between the Wind, along with a few more of my friends reading their stories!  (At 1P.M.) Afterwards, I will be selling my book and 50% of the profits will go towards CHOC Hospital.  My friends will also be giving out flyers/selling their stories and/or books!  I hope you are able to make it today!

See you there!


P.S. There will be balloons and face painting!  Every kids’ dream! I might even get my face painted! 🙂



Calling all Wordpress Experts!


I am having a very difficult time trying to add a shopping cart to my website.  I was wondering if there was anyone out there or if you know anyone that can assist me in adding one to my *new* website ahopeandart.com.  I need all the help I can get and I can pay you hourly if you would like! Please help me on my mission to create a shopping cart!  It’s been 4 weeks and counting since I have tried to successfully put one on my website and I fail utterly. 😦


In the Riviera Magazine!!


In January 2013, I hosted a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and in the June 2013 edition of Riviera Magazine, I was featured in one of the pages!! This is super awesome and I hope you find my page if you ever look through the June edition!  Oh and to add to the excitment, my mother is in one of the pictures!  Way to go Michelle!!