Expressive Arts Florida Institute is founded on the firm belief in the positive power of creativity, in every person and in the world. Through Certificate Training and Life Enrichment programs we teach and facilitate the expressive arts for personal, professional and social change.
“I believe that the expression of our authentic creativity is a positive force for healing and peace, in individuals and in our world. Looking deep within to discover our inner visions, and learning the skills to bring these into form can be a profound experience for both artist and viewer. As an artist, teacher, therapist, and facilitator, my commitment is to stay honest in my own creative expression, and to assist others to do the same. This is a journey that can move us through our resistances, fears, and wounded places; a discovery process that allows our unique creative wisdom to be unearthed, honored, and witnessed. When we share ourselves from our most authentic creative place, we offer to the world our unique sacred vision.” Read Kathleen’s full bio here
“I believe in the profound power of the arts process to bring healing, wellness, and transformation to people of all ages and life circumstances. Expressive arts is a path that allows me to integrate my love for art my life’s desire to help others.” Read Victoria’s full bio here
“Expressive Arts is a way of life for me. Through the arts, I connect deeply with my inner knowing that guides me through life’s challenges and is with me in times of joy. Expressive arts is a personal practice for me, a way to contain my life, reflect on it, and bring to consciousness what is needed to make change both personally and in community. It is aligned with my soul’s purpose to be engaged in the arts and to share it with others.” Read Tamara’s full bio here
Patricia Manning RN, BSN is a Childbirth Education Specialist, a Board Certified Holistic Nurse/Baccalaureate Level and is a multi-state licensee through the Florida Board of Nursing/Nursing Compact States. She is also a graduate of the Art and Healing Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. Patricia provides Pregnancy Health and Wellness classes for at risk mothers-to-be in Sarasota, incorporating expressive arts into her practice. In the role of Nurse Planner at EAFI, Patricia is accountable for the oversight of all aspects of planning, implementation and evaluation of the Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) sessions. Patricia co-facilitates Art as a Healing Practice with Kathleen Horne.
Donna has had a varied career as an Art Teacher, Ordained Minister, Expressive Arts Facilitator and Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach. Donna holds a B.A. in Art Education from Westminster College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, a Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts from Expressive Arts Florida Institute, and a Certificate from The Color of Woman School. She brings a love of creativity, teaching and self-expression to her work. Her fondest wish is to see others awaken to their Deep Wisdom.
Maureen O’Reilly has had a varied career and life experience in the healing arts for the past 44yrs, as an OB-Gyn and Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner, and as a Raphaelite Work practitioner, One to One Processing Facilitator, and Healing Minister through the Sufi Healing Order. She came to Expressive Arts 7 years ago, in order to balance the challenges of life, work, and relationships, through a personal practice in connecting to the Divine Source of Creativity. She loves facilitating others through Expressive Arts and alignment with the cycles of Nature, for greater Self awareness and Self realization.
Deborah McKeever has a M.A. in Psychology, and Certificate in Art and Healing. She is an LMHC and expressive arts therapist. She owns Still Life in G Gallery in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida.She is a Public Art Advisory Board member appointed by the DDA in Bradenton. In the past she worked for the Arts in Medicine Program at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL as an artist-in-residence. Deborah is currently doing expressive arts with outpatient groups and with individual clients at Centerstone in Manatee County, FL. She also does an annual client art show for Centerstone.
Terry Edgerton, RN, is a graduate of the Art and Healing Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. She is a Registered Nurse. Terry is a regular participant in Expressive Arts workshops and classes. and she has designed and created a unique box-making process that includes painting, origami folding, and embellishing.
Laura Bohn, MAAT, is an artist, an art educator, and an art therapist who teaches painting classes, workshops, children’s classes, and private lessons. As a professional artist for over 20 years she has enjoyed branching out into becoming a teaching artist for adults and children. She also hold a masters degree in art therapy and now brings art and wellness workshops to the community at Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She is presently teaching various classes and expressive arts and wellness at Casa Montessori School in Deland, Florida. She can be found on her website at www.lauraknapikbohn.com
Julie Burch is a lifelong teacher and artist, who enjoys sharing her passion for meditation and art with people of all ages. She is a trained coach in the Unified Mindfulness system of mindfulness training. Julie has a masters degree in education, is a certified health educator and art teacher,a certified Zentangle teacher, and an expressive arts facilitator trained at Ringling college of Art and Design. After many years of teaching in the public school system, Julie now facilitates individuals and groups in mindfulness, Zentangle, and a variety of art experiences. She is the creator of The Florida Wildlife Coloring Book, published by Pineapple Press and available through Amazon or at Art and Frame in Sarasota. Follow Julie on her Facebook page.
Mirella Martinelli is an award-winning Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer and editor, who now lives in Florida, where she’s known as Mica. Her feature-length documentary Land of the Sea was funded by the Rockefeller, McArthur and Lampadia Foundations. Mirella received the 2017 John Ringling Towers Performing Artist award to produce her new documentary, Frenemies. Mica taught film at the college level in Brazil and in the United States at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Tampa. She also taught film basics for kids and teens at Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project.
Liz Pascoe-Broome currently works in the Sarasota area as a free-lance actor, singer, teaching artist, and expressive arts facilitator. Recently Liz has taught acting classes and performed at The Venice Theatre, and teaches Theatre, Language Arts, Movement, and Expressive arts at the Mangrove School and Saltmeadow School of Sarasota. In the past she has toured the country teaching performing and visual arts, and is passionate about creating performance projects that invite other’s to explore and expand their creative potential. Liz Pascoe – Broome’s workshop offerings as well as contact information can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lizpascoeexpressiveartist/