Rehab Center Seeks Expressive Arts Therapists

Amend Treatment is a short-term residential treatment center in Malibu, CA for adults, 18 or over, struggling with mental health and co-occurring disorders. Amend is currently looking for expressive or creative arts facilitators to provide 90-minute art, dance, and/or music therapy sessions up to two times per week. These are onsite, in-person sessions with up to . . . Learn More

October 18, 2022

Seeking Expressive Arts Group Facilitators and Assistants

Do you live in the Los Angeles Area? Interested in working with veterans in transitional housing and/or with transitional-aged youth experiencing homelessness? We are currently recruiting Open Studio Project facilitators, creative arts therapy trainees, Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts alums, and UCLA students to deliver in-person expressive arts groups to these populations in West Los . . . Learn More

October 18, 2022

Seeking HOPE Series Proposals

Since the start of 2020, our HOPE series has reached a vast global community through experiential workshops that enhance the innate social emotional benefits of the arts. Each workshop offers a supportive space for connection, healing, and empowerment as we navigate the changes in our world.  We are eager to expand our offerings and are . . . Learn More

September 7, 2022

Apply for a NOAH International Arts in Health Award

The National Organization for Arts in Health recognizes individuals or organizations offering visual or performing arts programs supporting health care, educational and community needs. The programs must demonstrate measurable improvement in the health and well-being of the intended population.  Winners in each category receive a $500 award for their program and a free registration to . . . Learn More

July 21, 2022

Free Professional Development Workshops for LA Schools

Is your school interested in free staff trainings in “Hip Hop in Social Emotional Learning” or “Drumming for Resilience”?  Elementary and secondary schools are welcome to participate. Hip Hop in Social Emotional Learning  Looking for new ways to cultivate a positive classroom environment? Need fresh ideas on how to reach your students? Join music therapist . . . Learn More

July 21, 2022

Seeking Expressive Arts Therapists for Veterans Program

Interested in working with veterans living in transitional housing in West Los Angeles? The Whole Health at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellbeing Center, with assistance from the Creative Minds Project (CMP), are launching an expressive arts program, which includes a stipend as well as supplies for all facilitators. At . . . Learn More

July 20, 2022

Mindful Music Making Inaugural Launch

“I have seen students from K-12 close their eyes (still contributing to the music meditation) and zone out through the music being made. They have said, “Thank You, Ms. C….I feel so calm and can get through the day!” Mindful Music Making should start every student’s day!!! K-12!!!!” — Mindful Music Making Creator, Karen Calhoun . . . Learn More

May 5, 2022

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Julio Hanson

  Julio Hanson (he/him/his), SEA Alum – Fall 2020 Principal of Loyola Village Fine and Performing Arts Elementary School From forging his own artistic journey to empowering students around the globe, Julio Hanson shares how our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) has nurtured his process as a creator and educator. To what art . . . Learn More

May 4, 2022

Facebook Fundraiser Held by 54D to Benefit ALMA

We are pleased to announce a $25,000 donation received through a Facebook Fundraiser held by 54D to benefit ALMA, which operates in partnership with UCLArts & Healing.     ALMA sparks intergenerational connections that reduce loneliness and increase belonging through dance, music, and creativity.    ALMA’s one to three-hour virtual training programs prepare facilitators to support . . . Learn More

March 10, 2022

Supporting Teachers and Students through the Arts in a Post-COVID World

Watch a panel of experts discuss the social emotional challenges facing schools today and what can be done through the arts to support teacher and student needs. This presentation entitled, “Activating Student Learning in Post-COVID Schools through Social Emotional Learning and Arts Integration” was filmed for the 2022 National ESEA* Conference on February 16, 2022. *Elementary . . . Learn More

March 10, 2022

Harmony through the Arts by Ping Ho

Givat Haviva International School is an innovative high school in Israel where students from conflict ridden nations learn to care about one another and learn conflict management skills. Jewish Israelis, Arab Israelis, and students from other parts of the world live and learn together on a need-blind admission basis. They are intentionally placed in the . . . Learn More

March 10, 2022

We're Hiring: Part-Time Program Administrative Assistant

We are currently looking for a part-time program administrative assistant to join our team! UCLArts & Healing transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. Our experiential education programs are designed to serve all ages and populations, particularly those living with . . . Learn More

March 1, 2022

New Treatment Center Seeking Arts Therapist

A new, six-bed adult residential treatment center opening in Malibu, CA is searching for a therapist to provide 90-minute, in-person art therapy sessions using a strength-based approach to mental health and healing. Additional opportunities are possible in the future, as the center grows Interested art therapists, expressive arts therapists, or other creative arts therapists with relevant experience, . . . Learn More

February 1, 2022

The 12 Eco-Days of Christmas

 In the fall of 1996, I held a brainstorming session with students from kindergarten to second grade at Santa Monica Alternative School House about their concerns for the world. Thus came to be “The 12 Eco-Days of Christmas:” On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, towering redwoods, safe spotted . . . Learn More

December 9, 2021

Social-Emotional Learning through the Arts Makes Headlines

New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to provide a formal roadmap to educators on how to weave social emotional learning into their arts curriculum. Read more about this monumental milestone in N.J. Warren’s article here. In related news, we are a partner on a five-year, $3.3-miliion-dollar grant awarded by the US . . . Learn More

October 12, 2021

Facilitators Needed for Addressing Loneliness through Dancing with Dementia

In partnership with UCLArts & Healing, ALMA (Addressing Loneliness with Movement & Art) seeks to transform lives by creating intergenerational relationships with underserved seniors through movement, music, and art activities. ALMA offers education, training, direct creative arts programming, and advocacy. ALMA is offering a paid opportunity for individuals to deliver its virtual programs to older adults . . . Learn More

August 24, 2021

Back to School Resource Toolkit

Educators, caregivers, parents, and kids face many unknowns in the transition back to in-person school. With the weight of the last 17+ months ever present, it is vital to continue to support one another and our children’s social-emotional needs. Here are a few resources we’ve come across as we head into fall. Great Good Magazine . . . Learn More

August 24, 2021

Your Nose is Like a Banana Except it Isn’t Yellow

That was it. That was the line that sent 32 second graders into a fit of laughter—and changed a college professor’s life trajectory. “Children’s poems take my breath away. Give me goosebumps. To be with children writing poetry is the most magical thing I know,” writes Perie Longo, PhD, LMFT, a founding faculty member of . . . Learn More

August 24, 2021

Looking for a Digital Media Manager to Join Our Team!

UCLArts & Healing transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. Our experiential education programs are designed to serve all ages and populations, particularly those living with challenges of trauma, illness, special needs, or social isolation. Our sustainable strategy for meeting . . . Learn More

August 19, 2021

Love Music—and Between 13 and 21 Years Old?

Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP), in collaboration with the Songs of Love Foundation, is conducting a study about how music helps young people living with chronic pain. If you are between the ages of 13 and 21, and living with chronic pain, you are eligible to be in a study. Participants will take . . . Learn More

June 3, 2021

Social Cohesion & Well-Being: A New Report

WE-Making: How Art + Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being, is a newly published, multi-faceted report—created in collaboration with Metris Arts Consulting, PolicyLink, the Center for Arts in Medicine (CAM)—that synthesizes research from different areas of study along with on-the-ground experiences of artists and researchers, practitioners in community development, and advocates for health . . . Learn More

June 2, 2021

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Jennifer Kuo

Jennifer Kuo, SEA Alum – Summer 2019 & BTO Alum – Winter 2020 Programs Manager, Master of Public Health Candidate Jennifer Kuo, who joined our team as Programs Manager in 2020, shares what she learned from our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) as well as a handful of additional tools she gained over the . . . Learn More

May 28, 2021

National Poetry Month

As National Poetry Month comes to an end, we welcome you to explore poetry as a tool for social emotional awareness! Have you found that your feelings often defy your ability to describe them? This enjoyable and creatively freeing activity enables us to give feelings personality characteristics that reflect our experience yet remain comfortably outside . . . Learn More

April 29, 2021

#SELDay​: Social Emotional Learning and the Arts with Ping Ho

On March 26 we celebrated International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day! Watch a conversation with our founder and director Ping Ho, who shares a quick activity integrating several art forms for social emotional benefit. Learn how you can help spread the word about what SEL is and why it’s so critical in our communities!

April 29, 2021

Alive Together: Student to Senior Program

In partnership with UCLArts & Healing, ALMA (Addressing Loneliness with Movement & Art) is a volunteer-run organization that seeks to transform lives by creating intergenerational relationships between volunteers and underserved seniors through movement, music, and art activities. ALMA offers education, training, direct creative arts programming, and advocacy. ALMA is currently seeking interested older adults and . . . Learn More

April 7, 2021

Healing for All through the Arts

Healing is needed now more than ever. The arts, available to all, offer powerful tools for sustaining us as we navigate the challenges of life during this pandemic. Join Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, as she gives us a roadmap for how to harness the arts for our well-being. She . . . Learn More

March 1, 2021

American Rhythms: Watch for Free

For the first time since its release in 2008, the American Rhythms documentary is now available to the public (and for free!). The film takes us into a classroom of fifth graders that struggle with poverty and gang violence. Through our Beat the Odds® drumming program, they are seen, heard, connected, and better equipped to handle the stressors in . . . Learn More

November 24, 2020

Simple Life Tricks for Awe & Gratitude

By Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT How do we retrain our eyes to see beauty when we are bombarded by stress and have a negativity bias? This bias is hardwired in us and how we have survived – like being attuned to signs of danger in our environment, such as seeking safety from a dangerous animal. . . . Learn More

November 12, 2020

Music-Making Grant Awarded

We are excited to share that we have been awarded a grant from The NAMM Foundation for the 2020-2021 academic year. The grant serves the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. About the Project: The award will enable us to teach approximately ten teachers (from a variety . . . Learn More

September 29, 2020

Help Older Adults Combat Loneliness

In partnership with UCLArts & Healing, ALMA is a volunteer-run organization that seeks to transform lives by creating intergenerational relationships between volunteers and underserved seniors through movement, music, and art activities. ALMA offers education, training, direct creative arts programming, and advocacy. Recently, as a result of COVID-19, ALMA created Alive Together, a virtual program geared . . . Learn More

August 6, 2020

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Vanessa Daou

Vanessa Daou, SEA Alumni – Summer 2017 Art Practitioner Based in New York, Vanessa Daou believes social emotional arts is a “multiverse, a new way of simultaneously sensing, perceiving, discerning, and speaking” and is exploring the intersection of art and health with older adults.     To what art form do you feel most connected? How did you . . . Learn More

August 4, 2020

Black Lives Matter Resources

To honor the Black experience, and to support the global racial awakening, we have compiled a list of resources on race and equity, and will be offering a series of new, free sessions as part of our HOPE Series.   Learning Resources NPR, featuring the research of Stanford social psychologist Claude M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: and Other Clues . . . Learn More

June 15, 2020

Mental Health Month: Comfort Place

May is Mental Health month and we are excited to share accessible resources that use creative expression to foster mental health. Be sure to read our previous posts from this series on self-care zines and playlists for well-being to learn more. Comfort Place Your own imagination can be a wonderful tool when resources are limited. . . . Learn More

May 29, 2020

Mental Health Month: Playlists for Well-Being

May is Mental Health month and we are excited to share accessible resources that use creative expression to foster mental health. Check back throughout the month for more inspirational activities and read our blog post on self-care zines.   Playlists for Well-Being This week, try making a playlist for different feelings. Feeling overwhelmed? Curate songs that . . . Learn More

May 28, 2020

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Lydia Glenn-Murray

Lydia Glenn-Murray, SEA Alumni – Summer 2017 Nonprofit director, arts educator Lydia Glenn-Murray, Director of Berkeley based 2727 California, shares how she believes “creativity and curiosity are for all people” and how training in social-emotional arts has guided her decision making for intergenerational arts programming.  To what art form do you feel most connected? How . . . Learn More

May 20, 2020

Mental Health Month: Self-Care Zine

May is Mental Health Month and we are excited to share accessible resources that use creative expression to foster mental health. Check back throughout the month for more inspirational activities.  Zines To kick off Mental Health Month, try making a personalized self-care zine. Fold an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper into 8 sections. Cut . . . Learn More

May 12, 2020

Creative Resources for Connecting

With limited human interaction due to the current pandemic, we are relying on digital platforms to help us connect more than ever.  Below is a collection of creative expression resources to help you navigate this challenging time categorized under Families, All Ages, Adults, COVID-19 Resources and Instagram Accounts. We encourage you to revisit this page as we continue . . . Learn More

March 31, 2020

Sound Meditation to the Rescue

Sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, may reduce feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increase spiritual well-being according to an observational study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. Article: “Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study” by Tamara L. Goldsby, PhD, Michael E. Goldsby, . . . Learn More

February 6, 2020

Join Our Demo Session for Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring Training

On Thursday, February 20th, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, we will be offering a free, abbreviated training to showcase some activities from our Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring curriculum. There is space available for a few additional community members to participate. Priority will be given to individuals who represent schools or organizations that may be . . . Learn More

February 6, 2020

UCLArts & Healing Heads East

Always been interested in our programming, but live on the east coast? Ping Ho, our Founder and Director, and Erica Curtis, board-certified art therapist, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, from May 28 – May 31st, in Arlington, Virginia, and are available to teach customizable community workshops on the East Coast in . . . Learn More

January 15, 2020

New Year, New Opportunity to Give Back

Looking for a volunteer opportunity in the new year?  We work with several community organizations in Los Angeles county that are always in need of help. One particular program that is need of immediate assistance is the Creative Minds Project (CMP), which integrates the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with mental health practices at . . . Learn More

January 14, 2020

When Talking to Kids Doesn't Work

Is your toddler afraid of the dark? Is your child anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed? Is your teen upset and refusing to speak to you? Learn some quick art-therapy-inspired tips for addressing these scenarios from this brief article and below video interview for L.A. Mom Magazine with Erica Curtis and our Founder and Director, Ping Ho, . . . Learn More

October 8, 2019

LMU Faculty Talk: Art & Clinical Practice

Attend a free faculty talk on Thursday, Ocotber 17th, from noon to 1 pm, featuring Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, as he discusses his personal art practice and how it cross-informs his clinical work. Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University Department of Marital and Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Art Therapy. Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, . . . Learn More

October 8, 2019

Beat the Odds® Spotlight: Brian Semsem

Brian K Semsem, BTO Alumni – May 2017 Program Director at Every Neighborhood Partnership Driven by a passion to build community and help students learn social-emotional skills, Brian Semsen shares how he began his Beat the Odds® journey with no musical background, and now facilitates newsworthy and grant-awarding drumming programs in Fresno, California.  With what . . . Learn More

September 10, 2019

Music Making Grant Awarded

UCLArts & Healing has been awarded a grant from The NAMM Foundation. The grant serves the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. As one of 28 recipients, the award will enable us to implement our Beat the Odd® drumming program to the entire 6th grade at Willard Intermediate School, . . . Learn More

September 9, 2019

Music Therapy Funding Opportunity: The Music Man Foundation

The Music Man Foundation is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations delivering music therapy services to individuals in Southern California. Grants will be awarded to organizations with a demonstrated commitment to delivering music therapy to their constituents and a thoughtful plan for expansion of and/or innovation based on their existing programs To Be Eligible, . . . Learn More

August 7, 2019

New Studies Show the Power of Music for the Brain

From strengthening neural networks of premature infants through a Punji flute to the impact of singing on spoken language in the hearing impaired—these two new studies support the abundance of research demonstrating the remarkable benefits of music in our development.Music Helps to Build the Brains of Very Premature Babies Despite the stressful environment of intensive . . . Learn More

July 9, 2019

Call for Proposals: Aging in America Conference

The Aging in America Conference is now accepting proposals through July 15th on creative aging, lifelong learning, arts in aging, positive aging, creative arts therapies, and more for their 2020 conference which will focus on issues of social justice impacting our increasingly diverse and multicultural older adult population. For more information and submission instructions, visit . . . Learn More

July 9, 2019

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Ashley Blakeney

Ashley Blakeney, SEA Alumni – Summer 2015 Photographer, Senior Manager of National Programs at The Pablove Foundation, Mentor With a combined passion for photography, creative writing, and supporting youth – Ashley Blakeney has fostered tools learned from our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts to develop impactful healing arts programming across the country. To what art form do . . . Learn More

July 8, 2019

Open Call for Proposals for our Annual Conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing! Deadline: July 31st

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, we are offering an open call for proposals to teach at our 4th annual conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing. This extraordinary continuing education event, which we co-sponsor with Expressive Media, incorporates sessions on the entire range of the creative arts in therapy and . . . Learn More

July 2, 2019

I Am More Than My Disability

On Friday, May 17th, 2019 Disability Community Resource Center, a non-profit in Venice, CA hosted I Am More Than My Disability in celebration of mental health awareness. The event included live poetry, performances, a resource fair, self-esteem boosting activities, and we contributed instruments to create an experiential drum circle for all attendees. Drum circle facilitator . . . Learn More

June 27, 2019

Grants Awarded for Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art Program!

With funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority, we have been providing four Los Angeles-based groups in education and mental health with our newest program, Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art. Here’s a brief overview of each: LA’s Best: Trainers and supervisors from LA’s BEST, which provides safe and supervised after school education, . . . Learn More

June 5, 2019

Beat the Odds® in the News!

Read about how sixth graders in the Fresno Unified School District are learning the importance of connection, presence, and “being in tune with your own rhythm” through Beat the Odds® as well as how an Indianapolis teacher received a Fund for Teachers grant not only to receive training as a BTO facilitator, but also to . . . Learn More

June 5, 2019

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Tiffani Sierra

Tiffani Sierra, SEA Alumni – Fall 2016 Founder of Improv It Up, CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer), Master Facilitator From forging her personal journey to empowering others to overcome obstacles through improv, Tiffani Sierra, Master Facilitator and Founder of Improv It Up, shares how our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts gave her tangible tools to increase the impact . . . Learn More

June 3, 2019

Cardboard Cities: What Social Emotional Arts Can Teach Us About Building Community

I see brightly-colored construction paper and a rainbow of markers neatly laid out in front of parents and children who are chatting about their days, while a toddler delightedly heads for some recycled shoeboxes. Each family enters the gymnasium with something to share—cakes, clementines, juice boxes, gummy bears—piling them up on the edge of the . . . Learn More

May 1, 2019

Earth Day 2019: Creative Nature Appreciation

In celebration of Earth Day, we’re sharing six activities that combine creative expression with nature appreciation that are appropriate for a range of ages and abilities. In addition to being fun, each activity has different social, emotional and cognitive benefits which are identified following each description. Movement Yoga Tree Pose, from Flow & Grow Kids . . . Learn More

April 19, 2019

Join Us at the 2019 Play Therapy Conference!

Live on the east coast? Join us in Virginia to experience three of our experiential programs at the 7th annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute. Thurs., 06/27 – Sun., 06/30. Keynote || Creative Expression at Home: Helping Parents Unlock Art’s Potential to Connect & Heal  Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30 am Erica Curtis, . . . Learn More

March 28, 2019

Now Partnering with TimeSlips!

We’ve been chosen, through our partnership with Addressing Loneliness through Movement and Art (ALMA), as a one of ten organizations to receive training in spontaneous creative engagement through storytelling, to be facilitated by students with elders. about timeslips & the nextgen project: TimeSlips, in partnership with LeadingAge, is bringing their online training to ten higher . . . Learn More

March 28, 2019

Women's History Month: March 2019

Happy Women’s History Month! Women have been seminal in the development of creative expression and the creative arts therapies. Highlighted are the historical influence of leaders across multiple disciplines who illuminated the power of the arts as a tool for healing and helped paved the way for organizations such as ours to serve the community . . . Learn More

March 27, 2019

RSVP ASAP for Free Presentations

We are applying this week for a CalMHSA grant to cover the cost of public education events for mental health in LA County. We need to identify potential community partners by Thursday, April 4. We would like to offer art-therapy informed sessions on working with children and teens (1 – 2 hours in length) based . . . Learn More

March 26, 2019

Reflections on Our 2018 Conference by Ping Ho, Co-Chair

At our annual conference, we offer 150+ multidisciplinary, hands-on sessions to explore, laugh, and cry together in service of learning how to transform lives through creative expression—to heal others, as well as ourselves, in the process. Last year, many close colleagues remarked on how amazing their time at the conference was. I believe that the . . . Learn More

March 20, 2019

Spotlight: Plenaries & Lunch Talks at Our 3rd Annual Conference

From learning about the neuroscience of creative activity to the healing power of sound, there’s no shortage of extraordinary experiences at this year’s conference. KEYNOTE || The Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices, Rituals, and Trance States: Implications for Clinicians Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 4:45 to 5:45 pm Andrew B. Newberg, MD What happens in the . . . Learn More

March 18, 2019

Teaching Artists Needed!

Urban Voices Project seeks candidates for teacher training to bring the healing power of music directly to individuals living in the condition of homelessness, to help them transcend their current circumstances and participate in a creative program of positive change. Click here to download the official job posting. about urban voices project: Urban Voices Project brings . . . Learn More

March 7, 2019

Spotlight: Workshop Highlights at our 3rd Annual Conference

From uniting diverse voices in our community to expressive art techniques for managing big feelings in our kids—our 150+ hands-on arts workshops this year offer something for everyone! Take a look at these featured sessions below, including a partial scholarship opportunity for Recovery Coach Academy® certificate training, a four-day intensive on working with all types . . . Learn More

March 7, 2019

Spotlight: Our Programs at the Conference

Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for one of the below experiential workshops developed by our team! Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring for Individuals & Groups in Any Setting (also known as our Medical Social Emotional Arts Training Program) Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm . . . Learn More

February 21, 2019

How a Scorpion Lit Up the Room: MedSEA in Action

A group of four Therapeutic Arts Group volunteers knock on a hospital room door in the Neurology and Neurosurgery Unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We’re here to offer some therapeutic arts—would you be interested?” “Sure. Come on in,” the patient replies, greeting them with a curious smile. Second-year medical student, Methma, begins: . . . Learn More

February 4, 2019

Traditional African Medicine Gains New Traction

Former UN ambassador, congressman, and civil rights leader Andrew Young is now serving as ambassador and advocate for PROMETRA International, an organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of African traditional medicine, which includes the use of the creative arts—specifically singing, dancing, and drumming John Weeks (writer, organizer, and linchpin in the movement for integrative . . . Learn More

January 31, 2019

Prescribing the Arts: An International Initiative

The arts will be the next major healing practice to be adopted by the public, according to our Founding Director Ping Ho. Click here to see why, if you missed our year-end newsletter.  And to this point, the United Kingdom has launched a national initiative for social prescribing of the arts and other activities for . . . Learn More

December 13, 2018

Arts & Healing: The Next New Movement

The arts are going to be the next major healing practice adopted by the public. Why? Because the arts are uniquely capable of building connection, giving voice to what is within, and evoking positive emotions. As such, they are capable of addressing challenging or intractable conditions such as trauma, grief, chronic pain, social isolation, and . . . Learn More

December 13, 2018

Venue Needed in Exchange for Training

We are seeking a venue to hold our Beat the Odds (Sat., 1/26) and Dance for All (Sat., 2/2) training programs, from roughly 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on both dates. The space needs to enable up to 25 people to sit in chairs, in a circle, with some additional room for movement activities. The number . . . Learn More

November 1, 2018

Social Emotional Arts Spotlight: Sarah Boehmke

Creating Art in a Chaotic World: Healing Arts with Homeless Youth As Healing Arts Program Manager for Safe Place for Youth (SPY), Sarah Boehmke has eyes everywhere—even as we converse. Whether it is locating hydrocortisone for a member’s surfing wound or brainstorming solutions to an interpersonal conflict in one of their programs, she works through . . . Learn More

November 1, 2018

Teaching Self-Regulation in the Early Grades

This brief Edutopia article by Lori Desautels, offers several practical suggestions for helping young students regulate their behavior and prepare for learning through rhythm, sound and movement to engage their senses and calm their nervous system. To read the article in it’s entirety, click here. Dr. Lori Desautels is an assistant professor at both the . . . Learn More

November 1, 2018

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Seeks Consultant

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is seeking a consultant to implement a new, national, one-year grant program called Fund for Creative Entrepreneurs with Spinal Cord Injuries (i.e., the Artist-Innovator SCI Fund). This person would be helping in a grantmaking process supporting those at the intersection of artists and creatives, spinal cord injury, and entrepreneurship. . . . Learn More

October 31, 2018

Volunteers Needed: Safe Place for Youth

Safe Place for Youth (SPY) provides a caring connection and access to critical resources for young people, ages 12-25, experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The Healing Arts Program at Safe Place for Youth (SPY) provides members with a nurturing environment for creative expression. Homeless youth come from a wide variety of traumatic experiences and when . . . Learn More

October 31, 2018

Creative Arts Interventions for Stress Relief

In the recent article, “Creative Arts Interventions for Stress Management and Prevention—A Systematic Review” in Behavioral Sciences, 37 studies reviewed showcases the effectiveness of creative arts interventions in the management and prevention of stress. The study found that stress was significantly reduced in 30 out of 37 studies overall (81.1%). A breakdown of the results . . . Learn More

October 3, 2018

Interview Spotlight: PlantPals

Over the summer, we had the great pleasure of observing and participating in a PlantPals (now known as ALMA) program at Good Shepherd Health Care in Santa Monica. PlantPals transform lives by creating inter-generational relationships with volunteers and underserved seniors living in long-term care. Click here to read about our wonderful afternoon listening to Benny . . . Learn More

October 3, 2018

PlantPals: Heroes, Succulents, and Love

It’s a quintessential California summer afternoon at Good Shepherd Health Care Center, an unassuming nursing facility in Santa Monica, which hosts two PlantPals programs (now known as ALMA), for its residents every month. I take an open seat amidst a small group of residents sitting around the perimeter of a modest community room. Muriel, one . . . Learn More

September 13, 2018

Music Therapy Grants Available

The Music Man Foundation is pleased to release its 2018 application for music therapy funding. This application is open to non-profit organizations delivering music therapy services to individuals in their communities. Grants will be awarded to organizations with a demonstrated commitment to delivering music therapy to their constituents and a thoughtful plan for expansion of . . . Learn More

August 20, 2018

Urban Voices Choir on Dateline NBC

The Urban Voices choir, who participated in our 2018 ETSLA conference, was featured as part of NBC News’ Dateline segment, City of Angels, that covered the Urban Voices Project alongside their sister organization Street Symphony, and it’s founder, Vijay Gupta. To watch the full episode, click here. City of Angels is the result of a . . . Learn More

August 20, 2018

Creative Minds Project (CMP) Seeks Volunteers

The Creative Minds Project (CMP) is a UCLArts & Healing program. We integrate the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with mental health practices at local community agencies in West LA, Venice, and Santa Monica that serve transitional aged youth, adults and veterans living homeless. At this time, we are particularly in need of ​volunteer ​SEA . . . Learn More

August 20, 2018

New Study Demonstrates the Healing Power of Art Therapy

Featured in the February 2018 volume of The Arts in Psychotherapy, “Art therapy improves mood, and reduces pain and anxiety when offered at bedside during acute hospital treatment,” by Tamara A.Shella, the study followed 195 patients that were hospitalized for a variety of conditions. The study found that a typical 50-minute art therapy session significantly . . . Learn More

August 16, 2018

DrumBus®: How a Mobile Classroom is Transforming the Oxnard School District

by Hanako Justice Imagine you’re in fifth grade. It’s the period after lunch, and your mind is everywhere but in the classroom. You’re tempted to pull your phone out of your pocket, when you’re distracted by the roar of a school bus. Your teacher says: “You’re all in for a treat.” You walk outside. The . . . Learn More

August 16, 2018

Now Hiring

UCLArts & Healing is entering a new phase of expansion that requires expertise in the following areas: Social Media (e.g., development and implementation of broader strategy) Targeted Community Outreach (e.g., phone calls and emails to relevant agencies) Online Education (e.g., managing platforms for making this happen) Project Coordination (e.g., scheduling personnel, arranging locations, making sure . . . Learn More

June 5, 2018

Cumulative Trauma and the Creative Experience

Childhood Adversity and the Creative Experience in Adult Professional Performing Artists, a 2018 study, published in Frontiers in Psychology by doctors Paula Thomson and Victoria Jaque, studied 234 performing artists: dancers, opera singers, actors, directors, musicians. 18% of them reported 4+ adverse childhood experiences and greater negative psychological factors. Those with greater histories of childhood . . . Learn More

June 5, 2018

Tell Us Your Stories

We welcome submissions of inspirational stories about transformational experiences related to the creative arts process.  These insights or “AH Moments” can be personal or professional. In addition, we welcome content related to innovative projects, invaluable resources, and specific activities that are effective and easily implemented in community settings. Criteria for inspirational stories:  Present Tense: Please . . . Learn More

June 5, 2018

Insights into Art Therapy

See art therapy in action! Learn how art therapists have been helping both hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, while discovering the importance of activity and choice in working with these populations. The below articles are reprinted from the American Art Therapy Association’s Art Therapy Today Newsletter: Puerto Rico and . . . Learn More

May 30, 2018

Growing Recognition for Creative Arts Therapies

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has sponsored a roundtable to explore research on creative arts therapies at the 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, followed by a symposium on “Music, the Brain, and Chronic Pain” to review the state of the art in research on pain, music, and music therapies, . . . Learn More

May 10, 2018

Music Enhances Recovery from Cancer Surgery in Older Adults

A systematic review of research suggests that music enhances the recovery of older patients after cancer surgery. Varied types of music interventions reduce pain and anxiety, and increase relaxation, cognitive functioning, and patient satisfaction—without negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical interventions. To read the study abstract, click here.  

May 9, 2018

Older Adults Needed for Pilot Program Development

We’re seeking older adults to participate in activities being considered for a new curriculum involving the use of rhythm and movement for self-expression, mood elevation, mobility, memory enhancement, stress reduction, engagement, social connection, and balance. These activities can also offer relief for caregivers as well as ways to strengthen relationships with those for whom they . . . Learn More

May 9, 2018

Program Supervisor Needed for SSG/HOPICS H.E.A.L Resiliently Project

Job Opportunity: Employer: Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) Position: Program Supervisor HOPICS is dedicated to providing the highest quality innovative social service to South Los Angeles with an emphasis on behavioral health and housing stability. The Program Supervisor will oversee the operation of SSG/HOPICS H.E.A.L Resiliently Project and coordinate with SSG/HOPICS Trauma Recovery . . . Learn More

April 10, 2018

Therapeutic Job Opportunities with Special Needs Children

Perfect for SEA graduates and those interested in therapeutic work with children with developmental disabilities. Employer: Real Connections Position: Developmental Specialists Real Connections provides social-emotional based developmental services to children with special needs. Our mission is to provide hope to families of children with special needs through development of intentional relationships in families and communities. Developmental Specialists . . . Learn More

April 10, 2018

Training Exchange Opportunity

Get certificate program training in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) this summer in exchange for venue use in Los Angeles. We are seeking open spaces, where chairs can be arranged in a circular fashion, to hold our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts—particularly this summer, from Thursday July 19 through Sunday July 29 (nine sessions total). . . . Learn More

April 10, 2018

Holiday Art Activities for Healing Trauma

Holiday Trauma Triggers: Art Activities for Healing By Erica Curtis LMFT, ATR-BC Holiday traditions. Smells and tastes. Sights and sounds. Familiar sensory input paves a superhighway to the past, ushering in a host of memories and associated emotions – whether joyous, taxing, or dreadful. For those who have experienced loss, illness, conflict, abuse, or other . . . Learn More

December 14, 2017

This is Your Brain on Music

Don’t miss this free special lecture by neuroscientist, musician and author Daniel Levitin, PhD, MSc.

October 3, 2017

Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing

This one-day training will help anyone start a full Pongo Model project to help distressed teens understand and express their issues and feelings through poetry. 10/14 • Seattle, Washington. Find dozens of free writing prompts on the Pongo website as well.

October 3, 2017

Free Weekly Racial Justice Dialogue Series

Sponsored by the North American Drama Therapy Association, these calls are open to fellow creative arts therapists and mental health professionals from diverse disciplines. Click here for more information, and to register.

October 3, 2017

Trauma Recovery through the Arts

From community violence to hurricane devastation, we are reminded of the need to address trauma. However, trauma is far more prevalent than we may realize; for example, current statistics suggest that 15-27% of our population has experienced trauma in the form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse (Chiu et al, 2013). And nearly 2/3 of . . . Learn More

September 1, 2017

The Dancing Brain

Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain — an area that controls memory, learning and balance. A new study, comparing different forms of exercise — dancing and endurance training — undertaken by elderly volunteers for eighteen months, shows that both can have an anti-aging effect on the brain, but . . . Learn More

August 31, 2017

UCLA Medical Students Bring Therapeutic Arts to Patients

“As first and second year medical students, we rarely have the opportunity to interact with patients outside of the clinical setting. Being a part of TAG allowed us a space to develop our rapport building skills and provide a dual therapeutic benefit for both the patient and the students.” — UCLA Medical Student “I felt free to . . . Learn More

August 31, 2017

Call for Proposals: Stanford International Health Humanities Consortium Conference

Stanford’s International Health Humanities Consortium Conference seeks proposals by 11/1 for their annual conference. The conference is part of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse program, which is the home for the arts and humanities at Stanford Medical School, with programs that integrate the arts and humanities into medical education, scholarly endeavors, and the practice of . . . Learn More

August 30, 2017

Creative Solutions for Students AND Teachers

A report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools documents the value of social-emotional learning for students and teachers.  Students show improved behavior and academic achievement. Teachers show increased productivity and well-being. In addition, teachers who use mindfulness practices gain both personal and professional benefits. . . . Learn More

August 30, 2017

Call for Proposals: International Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health

The 2018 International Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health—to be held in Baltimore, MD on May 8-11, 2017—is accepting proposals through 10/11, and welcomes arts-based submissions. This year’s theme is “Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy.” For more information, visit: Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S., of UCLA is one . . . Learn More

August 24, 2017

Music Therapy Grants Available!

The Music Man Foundation (The Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable Foundation) is pleased to release an open application for non-profit organizations delivering music therapy* services to individuals in their communities. Grants will support organizations with a demonstrated commitment to delivering music therapy to their constituents and a thoughtful plan for expansion of and/or innovation based . . . Learn More

August 24, 2017

Make Creative Arts Therapies Accessible to All

Apply to participate in a national effort to provide healing for all through integrative medicine. Integrative Medicine Access is recruiting practitioners across the nation to provide healing for all via a new web exchange. “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really . . . Learn More

August 23, 2017

Art Break Ideas: Make Art with the World

Try one of these ideas on Art Break Day, Sept 1. Or host a free art making event for your community. Art Break Day ( takes place annually on the FIRST FRIDAY in September. Art Sites are set up in cities around the world and everyone is invited to sit down, take a break, and . . . Learn More

August 15, 2017

Save the Dates for Our 2nd Annual Conference!

Learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma at our second annual experiential training conference on the theme of “Creativity & the Arts in Healing.” This year features four amazing plenaries—kicking-off with Dan Siegel, MD (4/26), followed by Robert Duke, PhD (4/27); . . . Learn More

August 11, 2017

Storytellers Wanted!

SHINE Storytelling seeks submissions from storytellers, actors, and writers for their events. We have partnered with SHINE for over four years to bring Los Angeles audiences inspiring true stories. Shine is now reaching out to the UCLArts & Healing community to personally invite you to tell your stories at SHINE! If you have a story . . . Learn More

August 11, 2017

Inspirational Videos: Poetry as Therapy

From the Middle East to medical school, watch the power of poetry to reveal and release what is within. Poetry in Medical School Doctor and poet Rafael Campo of Harvard Medical School thinks medical school distances doctor and patient at the cost of human understanding. A possible cure? He uses poetry to help close the . . . Learn More

August 11, 2017

Inspirational Videos: Drama Therapy

Get inspired for our inaugural experiential conference! This month’s feature: drama therapy video clips. Witness the inspiring enactments of stories from San Quentin State Prison, offered by the drama therapy program of Marin Shakespeare Company, which engages inmates in a half year of Shakespearean studies, followed by a half year of developing their own “parallel . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Inspirational Videos: Dance/Movement Therapy

Get inspired by remarkable clips showing how the arts are used in healing. The American Dance Therapy Association has produced a series of ADTA Talks on various applications of dance/movement therapy.  In this video, Nana Koch, EdD gives a good basic introduction to dance/movement therapy: An Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy Watch dance/movement therapy in action . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Inspirational Video Clips: Music Therapy

Get inspired by remarkable clips showing how the arts are used in healing. The Healing Power of Music In this video created by PBS NewsHour, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the versatility of music and music therapy in a medical setting.  Click on the title above to view the it. The Rhythm Tree Music therapist . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Inspirational Video Clips: Art Therapy

Get inspired by remarkable clips showing how the arts are used in healing. Art Therapy Has Many Faces With images of clinicians from all over the world serving a wide variety of people, the film shows what art therapists do to help people to create and reflect and some of the reasons art therapy has . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Empathy Training for Teachers Reduces Suspensions

A Stanford study shows that empathy training for teachers cuts suspension rates in half. In a study conducted by Okonofua et al, published in 2016, teachers were given empathy training as an alternative to traditionally accepted methods of discipline. The training largely consisted of learning to understand: the psychobiological conditions affecting student lives, student needs . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

The Unloneliness Project

In response to the growing public health concern of social isolation and loneliness, the Foundation for Art and Healing is pleased to launch the UnLoneliness Project. The goal of this signature initiative is to broaden public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of life conditions . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Journaling Tips and Writing Prompts

The Center for Journal Therapy, founded by Kay Adams, LPC, offers suggestions on how to get started. Click here to view 14 writing techniques for your journal. Click here to view 3 poems of the month and therapeutic journal writing prompts. Click here to view 7 refrigerator mini-prompts. Click here for more resources for personal benefit or professional development, including . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

How Poetry Literally Saved a Life Behind Bars

Read the inspiring story of award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca’s journey from using books for physical self-protection behind bars to winning the Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award and serving as judge for an annual poetry contest for youth in juvenile correctional centers. Click here to read the NPR story. Click here to read poems by . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Free Writing Prompts for Teens

The Pongo Teen Writing Project, in Seattle, Washington, inspires incarcerated youth and offers guidelines on working with them. Founded by Richard Gold, the Project offers support through poetry for youth in detention centers, to help them articulate their emotions and instill hope.  The website offers numerous free writing prompts for teens with some guidelines for . . . Learn More

August 10, 2017

Visual Narrative Activity for Traumatized Youth

Leading art therapist researcher Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC shares a technique that she finds increasingly valuable in art therapy with children and teens with a history of developmental or complex trauma. It requires very little media, space, and can be worked on at the child’s pace of comfort. Autobiographical Life Narrative Creating an autobiographical life . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

Finding Meaning through Music at the End of Life

In this heartfelt and impassioned TED Talk, entitled, “When Meds Fail: The Case for Music Therapy,” board certified music therapist Tim Ringgold shares how he got to be the musical transformation for his young daughter’s passage into and out of this world. Tim says: “When meds fail, the docs prescribe music.” In describing his work with patients:  “I . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

A Dying Child and His Parents: a Moving Connection

The creative arts can enable meaningful communication and connection at significant transitional moments in life, when there is no other way to communicate. The following touching vignette, based on true events, was written by licensed clinical psychologist and board certified dance/movement therapist, Lori Baudino. “Patient Brad is approaching end-of-life, a fact that he and his . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

Arts in Palliative Care: Federal Grant Opportunity

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has issued a request for proposals on the topic of “arts in palliative care”. Click here for details. Applications being accepted starting September 5, 2014. Deadline for submission is according to  standard due dates on the National Institutes of Health website. UCLArts and Healing obtained the power point presentation from . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

A Gift For You and How You Can Help

Deepen the meaning of the holidays with our gifts to you. Gifts from the Heart – Art Activity 2014.pdf Gifts from the Heart – Writing Activity 2014.pdf Select us on AmazonSmile and receive 20% off your next UCLArts and Healing purchase.* Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon, only on this site Amazon will donate .5% of . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

Support Us By Shopping On Amazon Smile

Help us transform lives through creative expression for self-discovery, connection and empowerment. Register the Arts and Healing Initiative* on AmazonSmile, and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to our non-profit. Simply: Log onto AmazonSmile using your existing Amazon account. Enter “Arts and Healing Initiative” when prompted to select the charitable organization to support. You only have to make this . . . Learn More

January 6, 2015

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January 6, 2015

Improvisation Sparks Communication

Life is an improvisation. No one hands you a script at the start of your day. Dan Klein is an expert in improvisational communication and creative problem solving.  In this video, Going Beyond “Hello,” he explores the improvisational principle of “yes-and,” or accepting the offers of others, and how it applies to our daily lives. He describes . . . Learn More

July 8, 2014

Dance/Movement Therapy for Hospitalized Kids

Lori Baudino, PsyD, BC-DMT is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified dance/movement therapist who brought the first dance/movement therapy programs to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through funding by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation (for Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy programming). Click here to view a TED-style talk by Dr. Baudino describing the . . . Learn More

July 8, 2014

Music Improves Behavior and Memory in Alzheimer’s Patients

The UCLA Tunes for Alzheimer’s Patients program provides music to residents of nursing homes to improve memory and behavior, such as depression, apathy, agitation frustration, poor eating, and difficulty sleeping.   This program is a collaboration between the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA and a national nonprofit organization, Music & . . . Learn More

July 8, 2014

Movement and Music Therapies for Autism

The American Dance Therapy Association is building a Youtube channel that will include TED-type talks about dance/movement therapy with different populations. The first of the videos was posted in honor of Autism Awareness Month: a 12-minute talk about dance/movement therapy and autism by Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC, who eloquently describes the capacity . . . Learn More

July 8, 2014

  Rhythm for Relaxation and Renewal by Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC We are incubated in rhythm. Our mother’s heartbeat is the soundtrack of our first concert in the womb. Rhythm is everyone’s homeland. Perhaps these inner rhythms are why we can be driven by rhythm in two primary directions: to energize and revitalize or to center . . . Learn More

May 29, 2014

The State of the Art and Science in Creative Arts Therapies—with a Focus on Treatment of Trauma

View the panel presentation on “The State of the Art and Science in Creative Arts Therapies—with a Focus on Treatment of Trauma” orchestrated by UCLArts and Healing for the major International Research Conference on Integrative Medicine and Health in 2012: Click here to view the video. This panel discussion, which took place at the 2012 . . . Learn More

April 1, 2014

View Creativity Conference Videos from Spring 2013

Click on the link below to view footage in 18 labeled segments from our April 7, 2013 conference entitled, “On the Edge of Chaos: Finding Flow and Resilience through Creativity & the Arts”. On the Edge of Chaos: Finding Flow and Resilience through Creativity and the Arts

February 21, 2014

Connect to Your Heart Daily Through Song

Renowned music therapist Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA offers us a simple way to connect to our heart daily through song. HeartStrings – A Guided Practice for Self-Care and Healing through Song – Christine Stevens.pdf Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA holds masters degrees in both social work and music therapy. She is author of Music Medicine, The Healing . . . Learn More

February 21, 2014

Doctor Dances in Operating Room Right Before Her Own Double Mastectomy

San Francisco gynecologist Deborah Cohan gets her entire surgical team dancing with her to the music of Beyonce at UCSF Hospital before her double mastectomy, and asks others to submit videos of themselves dancing to Beyonce for her to view during recovery.  Cohan specializes in treatment of pregnant women with HIV. From the article: “I was . . . Learn More

January 26, 2014

Experience Your New Year Intentions as Reality

Experience your new year intentions as reality through this self-guided activity on your metaphorical home.  This activity is offered by Mimi Savage, Registered Drama Therapist and Doctoral student in Expressive Therapies. Click on the link below to view the activity. Gifts from the Heart – New Year Narradrama Activity – January 2014.pdf

January 9, 2014

Gifts from the Heart: Self-Guided Arts Activities

As our holiday gift to you, three creative arts therapists have provided activities centered on the topic of giving that can be done individually, or with family and friends. These self-guided activities are intended to help deepen the meaning of the holidays and reduce stress.  They also demonstrate how the process of creative expression can be used . . . Learn More

December 17, 2013

Inspirational Video on Creative Leadership

Benjamin Zander uses his experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic since 1979 to illustrate our responsibility as leaders: to awaken the sense of possibility in others – which empowers them to be their best – and to give them the “shining eyes” that mark that sense of possibility.  And he leaves us with a very . . . Learn More

December 17, 2013

Wesleyan Student Wins Award at College National Poetry Slam and Bears Witness to Societal Repression of Women

Lily Myers, a student at Wesleyan University, performed “Shrinking Women” at the 2013 College National Poetry Slam Invitational at Barnard College and was awarded with Best Love Poem at the competition.  Her poem, which has gone viral,  passionately and movingly articulates in three minutes the societal repression of women and the power of spoken word . . . Learn More

October 23, 2013

Founder of Invisible People Captures Stories of the Homeless for Social Change, Using Only Social Media and iphone

Caution: Some content may be offensive. Our hope is you’ll get mad enough to do something. Mark Horvath refers to himself as “Invisible People Founder, Chief Evangelistic Officer, Do-Gooder and Loud Mouth”.  Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share . . . Learn More

October 23, 2013

Violence Prevention Through Movement for Kids

Disarming the Playground: Violence Prevention through Movement teaches protective and proactive behaviors tailored for aggressors, targets, and witnesses of aggression through interactive movement games.  This is a comprehensive curriculum that engages body and mind as equal partners in developing skills for creating a safe world. Author Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL is a dance-movement therapist with unique expertise in developing . . . Learn More

October 10, 2013

Laughter Through Improvisational Games with Brief Instructional Videos

In Anatomy of an Illness, UCLA professor Norman Cousins (author, medical humanitarian and bearer of over 70 honorary medical degrees) documented his remarkable recovery from the incurable connective tissue disease called ankylosing spondylitis, using laughter and massive injections of vitamin C.  Before he passed away in 1990, he used to say that laughter was a metaphor . . . Learn More

October 10, 2013

Insight and Inspiration on Writing from Your Deep Coice

Inspirational remarks by Robert Carroll, MD, from his workshops on The Wisdom of Your Deep Voice through Writing: Turning Your Inside Out, August 2013. Smell is our most primitive and most finely tuned sensory modality.  Remembering smells evokes memories and images of our early lives like the smell of cooking in our family’s kitchen or the . . . Learn More

September 10, 2013

Free Audio Archive for Creative Arts Therapies

The audio archive for creative arts therapies, sponsored by the Expressive Therapies Summit & Expressive Media’s Institute of the Arts in Healing, gives voice to creative arts therapists and inspiration to students and consumers. Creative arts therapists may upload up to 2-minutes and 30 seconds of an inspiring story about what they do. Students and . . . Learn More

September 5, 2013

Four Air Force Captains Empower Afghani and Other Women by Creating a Nonprofit to Bring Their Artisan Handiwork to America

Artisan handiwork can change not only the lives of artists but also the people trying to help them. Four US Air Force captains, inspired by artisan widows in Afghanistan, have created the nonprofit, Flying Scarves, to empower women throughout the world. “In order to rebuild these communities, we’re going to have to empower people…And the people who . . . Learn More

September 5, 2013

If We Could See Inside People's Hearts

This is an absolutely touching video from the Cleveland Clinic entitled, “If We Could See Inside People’s Hearts.”   We each have important stories to tell, and knowing those stories fills us with empathy and compassion.  The creative arts can enable us to see inside people’s hearts, even without words. Click here to view the . . . Learn More

August 8, 2013

How Dance Therapists Work with Addiction

Photo credit: Kurt van Aert Moving Toward Recovery:  Dance/Movement Therapy is a brief and informative interview with two leading dance/movement therapists – Donna Newman-Bluestein, MEd, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC and Emma Barton, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, E-RYT – that describes how they help those suffering from addiction find their unique path to wellness.  We learn how body-based processes . . . Learn More

August 8, 2013

Creative Arts Therapies in a Nutshell: Video Clips of Experiential Demonstrations of Art, Dance/Movement, Drama, Music, and Poetry Therapies

At the 2013 UCLA Integrative Medicine Conference, UCLArts and Healing presented a panel of leading clinician/scholars from five creative arts therapy disciplines (in art, dance/movement, drama, music, and poetry), who each offered an experiential demonstration of the principles of their work, as well as explained the nature of their discipline and training requirements. Creative arts . . . Learn More

July 11, 2013

Dance for All joins UCLArts and Healing

Dance For All offers dance, yoga and performance opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities to build a community that cultivates self-esteem and empowers individuals to find vision, voice and leadership.  Dance for All is now an official program within UCLArts and Healing. Dance for All teaches: Yoga Breathing and Movement – to help . . . Learn More

July 11, 2013

TED Talk on How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

TED talk on how your body language shapes who you are This TED talk not only offers a well investigated, simple, and effective method for changing self-perceptions and perceptions of you by others, but also it offers an inspiring personal story of how Dr. Cuddy overcame her own life challenge.  Ping Ho, MA, MPH, UCLArts . . . Learn More

July 11, 2013

Acting, Body Language, and Authentic Self-Expression

By Stephanie Nash, MFA – Acting Teacher, Body Language Expert & Mindfulness Meditation Coach I’ve always been interested in body language – especially when I first encountered other cultures in my teens.   I was interacting with people who moved and related to each other physically in ways that were quite foreign to my WASP upbringing. . . . Learn More

May 28, 2013

An Inspiration from Boston: Making Sense of the Constantly Changing Scenery of Life

An Inspiration from Boston: Making Sense of the Constantly Changing Scenery of Life Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing, eloquently distills the essence of a heartwarming video of a marine’s visit with two marathon bombing victims and makes clear the role of art and telling our stories . . . Learn More

May 14, 2013

Is it Art Yet?

Registered Somatic Movement Educator Marilyn McLaughlin, and creator of All Bodies Dance!, shares how freedom from perfection brings joy of creative expression. All Bodies Dance! is a simple accessible approach to teaching dance and body awareness that celebrates individual differences while also promoting creativity and personal expression. It is a synthesis of all that I . . . Learn More

May 14, 2013

Silent Drum: Tips for Rhythmic Meditation

Silent Drum: Tips for Rhythmic Meditation According to board certified music therapist, Christine Stevens, “Drumming may be the oldest form of active meditation known to humanity.” In this article, Christine explores the parallels between meditation and drumming, and shares her perspective on the added value of drumming.  She also offers tips on how to use . . . Learn More

April 12, 2013

Getting Out of the Way: Music for Special Needs

The creative arts therapies offer nonverbal strategies for motivating engagement in special needs populations.  Board certified music therapist Summer Mencher, offers insights on the use of music and music therapy with special needs children. The more training I get, the more songs I learn, the more instruments I acquire and the more interventions I put . . . Learn More

April 12, 2013

Music and Rhythm Boosts Empathy in Children

Music and rhythm boosts empathy in children by Ping Ho, MA, MPH – Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing Tal-Chen Rabinowitch and colleagues from University of Cambridge found that children ages 8-11 who were randomly assigned to participate in interactive games involving music and rhythm significantly increased in empathy compared to a control group that participated . . . Learn More

March 2, 2013

Writing in Medicine

Writing in Medicine This Wall Street Journal article describes how medical students use writing to reflect on their own experiences with such significant events as their first encounters with death or dealing with difficult patients, and also to understand the experience of the patient. Excerpt:  Instructor Hedy Wald, clinical assistant professor of family medicine at . . . Learn More

March 2, 2013

Spontaneous Enactment is Profoundly Empowering

Adam Blatner, MD, Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Certified Trainer of Psychodrama, explores the value of arts experiences that require spontaneous enactment, or improvisation, and rely on the self as the source of creativity. Recent efforts to present ways the arts can be therapeutic or health-promoting may be part of a trend . . . Learn More

February 8, 2013

Finding Poetry in Cancer

Finding Poetry in Cancer The bare bones of poetry help patients get to the core of how they are feeling. This short and powerful article includes examples of poetry by cancer patients and talks about Dr. Rafael Campo, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, who incorporates poetry into therapy groups and educational materials for . . . Learn More

February 8, 2013

Healthy Aging at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony

Healthy Aging at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony The Burbank Senior Artists Colony offers a vision for our future as older adults.  It is a mix of upscale hotel-looking market-rate and low-income apartments that offers all its residents an opportunity to have a longer and healthier life through art studios, a video editing room, a . . . Learn More

February 8, 2013

Music Therapy Sets the Tempo for Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellness

Music therapy sets the tempo for physical, mental and emotional wellness This article gives an excellent simple overview of the field of music therapy – the techniques, benefits, and how it works.

February 8, 2013

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Battles Obesity in the Inner City Through Grassroots Dance

At the heart of its anti-obesity campaign in the nation’s urban centers, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is increasing physical activity in inner city neighborhoods through grassroots dance, such as hip hop, salsa, and Appalachian “talking dance”. Click here for details reported in the Los Angeles Times 10-9-12.

January 9, 2013

UCLA Student Brings Creative Arts Therapies to Those Affected by Mental Illness

Fifth year UCLA undergraduate, Kendra Knudsen, spearheaded the UCLA Creative Minds Project that has brought art therapy, drama therapy, expressive poetry and drumming to persons affected by mental illness at Step Up on Second, a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica. This sustainable program is served by art and drama therapy graduate students and UCLA undergraduate . . . Learn More

January 9, 2013

Out of the Box: Positive Development and Social Change through the Arts

“Out of the Box: Positive Development and Social Change through the Arts” has been published online by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, as part of its as part of its Kinder and Braver World Series.  The piece, written for the lay public by Ping Ho, talks about UCLArts and Healing’s flagship . . . Learn More

December 21, 2012

Landfill Harmonic - No Limits to Making Music

This piece about a Paraguayan orchestra assembled from recycled materials is an incredible demonstration of limitless possibilities for creativity and well-being.

December 11, 2012

Arts Participation Predicts Educational Achievement and Social Responsibility

New research by Dr. James Catterall and colleagues shows that arts involvement is associated with greater academic performance, educational attainment, civic participation, and volunteerism.  And a new study by Dr. Kelly LeRoux and colleagues shows that participation in the arts – even as a spectator ‒ is linked to social responsibility as defined by civic . . . Learn More

September 10, 2012

Alive Inside: Music Beats Meds - New Documentary Trailer on the Effect of Music on Alzheimer's Patients

A new documentary, “Alive Inside”, shows the powerful effects of ipod music on the memories of Alzheimer patients. Click here to view an older adult reacting to music from his era.

April 21, 2012

NEA Research Report Shows that Arts Education for At-Risk Youth Leads to Better Academic Results, Workforce Opportunities and Civic Engagement

The National Endowment for the Arts study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status. Click here for the full report.

April 5, 2012

Music Therapy Enhances the Healing Benefits of Medicine

Music is becoming a more integral part of integrative medicine.  This article describes how music practitioners work with medical professionals to relieve pain, bring peace, stimulate movement, elicit speech, facilitate cognition, and offer self expression when words are not enough.  Improved treatment outcomes lead to cost savings. Click here to view the article.

March 27, 2012

Helping Kids Cope - One Drumbeat at a Time

UCLArts and Healing’s Beat the Odds drumming program was the featured article on the front page of UCLA Today, faculty and staff news, for a week beginning January 26, 2012.  The article received top billing by UCLA Media Coverage for the first report of the New Year. Click here to view the article.

January 29, 2012

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Federal Interagency Task Force to Promote Research on the Arts and Human Development

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a new federal interagency task force to promote research on the arts and human development. The Department of Health & Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Education are among 13 federal agencies and departments seeking to advance research on the arts and . . . Learn More

January 16, 2012

Drumming Out Fat in the New Year

A CNN article takes a closer look at a fitness program that combines aerobic exercise with drumming. The article includes quotes from Ping Ho, our Founder and Director, on the research-based benefits of drumming as well as an introduction to our Beat the Odds® program. Click here to read the article.

January 8, 2012

So You Think You Can't Dance

by Ping Ho, MA, MPH – Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing You’re thinking too much. The words of my longtime jazz-modern dance teacher, Reggie Brown, popped into my head as I tried to figure out the steps in a random Zumba class at the gym for the first time ‒ at times with two left . . . Learn More

February 27, 2011

UCLA Total Wellness Magazine features: "Healing the Mind through the Arts"

The Winter 2011 (volume 11, number 2) issue of UCLA Total Wellness Magazine, a student publication, focuses on integrative medicine and features an article entitled, “Healing the Mind through the Arts”.  The article (on page 31) offers an overview of creative arts therapies as a field as well as a synopsis of the specific realms . . . Learn More

February 10, 2011

UCLArts and Healing in TIME Magazine - December 9, 2010

“How Group Drumming May Improve Low-Income Student Behavior” by Meredith Melnick in TIME Magazine online – December 9, 2010

December 9, 2010

The Writer’s Inner Journey - an interview with Rachel Ballon, PhD, MFT

UCLArts and Healing instructor, Rachel Ballon, PhD, MFT, shares her perspectives on the writer’s inner journey in this brief transcribed interview: Writers Inner Journey Interview.

September 8, 2010

FiddleHeadFern Productions Films BEAT THE ODDS Intervention, Co-Developed by UCLArts and Healing

In 2007, UCLArts and Healing activities caught the attention of an independent film production company, FiddleHeadFern Productions, which sought to produce a film with positive social value in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine. They chose to capture the experience of fifth grade students participating in the drumming intervention aimed at social and emotional . . . Learn More

November 12, 2008

Personal Reflections on Writing to Heal from the Director of UCLArts and Healing

Personal Reflections on Writing to Heal from Ping Ho, Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing After sitting in on 4 or 5 expressive writing workshops and 4 or 5 poetry workshops, I am starting to get it. The very first time I did stream of consciousness writing with Dr. Rachel Ballon, the ideas were . . . Learn More

September 6, 2007

Participant Reflects on How Writing Heals

When I was going through a crisis, at about four years sober, my friend, quazi sponsor, told me to write a journal. I don’t remember if it was her idea or mine but I decided to write to God. So, every night I would get into bed and start, “Dear God.” At first it was . . . Learn More

September 4, 2007

Elementary School Literacy Coach Responds to Drumming Experience

To build support for the drumming study at Napa Street Elementary School, we held a luncheon and drumming experience for the entire staff of the school at Remo Recreation Center in North Hollywood. Karen Stafford, Literacy Coach at Napa Street Elementary School, responded with the following feedback: I wanted to tell you how wonderful the . . . Learn More

May 4, 2007

Tai chi Benefits Headaches

A UCLA study citing the benefits of tai chi for those who suffer from tension headaches was highlighted April 28 by the Hindustan Times (India) and April 27 by United Press International. Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, was quoted in the UPI story. “Tai Chi Helps with Tension Headaches” . . . Learn More

May 4, 2007

Art Therapy Helps Patients Cope with Cancer

Channel 7 Spotlights Art Therapy Group KABC-Channel 7 aired a May 2 story on the Healing Through Art Therapy group at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center. An exhibit will feature the works of 16 cancer patients and survivors who took part in the group, which is offered as part of the integrative oncology program at the . . . Learn More

May 4, 2007

Statement by Karen Timko, Coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District Program Improvement Primary Intervention, On the Power of Drumming as a Tool for School Counselors

Karen Timko, Coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Program Improvement Primary Intervention views drumming as a way to reach greater numbers of kids. She writes: “As a supervisor of a counseling program in the LAUSD, I am always looking for ways to motivate, support, and rejuvenate my staff who are deployed in . . . Learn More

December 26, 2006

UCLA Pediatric Pain Program Teams Up with Los Angeles Unified School District and Remo, Inc. on Pilot Study of Drumming with 5th Grade Students

Ping Ho, MA, MPH Principal Investigator Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Jennie Tsao, PhD, Jeffrey Gornbein, PhD, Lian Bloch, MA Co-Investigators The UCLArts and Healing and the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program are collaborating with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Remo, Inc. on a pilot study of a cost-effective drumming program for fifth graders aimed . . . Learn More

December 26, 2006

Results of a One-Day Program for School Counselors in the Use of Drumming as a Therapeutic Tool - Counselor Perceptions of the Benefits of Drumming, the Likelihood of Implementing a Drumming Program on Campus, and Perceived Barriers to Implementation

In academic year 2004-2005, with support from the Salamander Fund, I initiated a free, monthly educational program in Arts and Healing at UCLA to explore ways in which various art forms can enhance emotional and physical health. The program on drumming was attended by 80 people despite one of the worst storms in L.A. history. . . . Learn More

December 21, 2006