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Our Students in the Community

Since 1998, students of the Expressive Arts Institute have contributed a minimum of 600 hours each of educational and therapeutic services to diverse populations throughout San Diego County and across the county and the world. Commuting students from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia, to Hungary, Israel and Germany have carried our internship program to their home communities.

At the institute, we are proud of our tradition of service to the community of San Diego. In 2004 we reached a landmark moment: the Expressive Arts Institute received a formal commendation from the mayor and city council in recognition of significant contribution to the cultural and civic life of San Diego, having achieved 15,000 hours of arts based volunteer work.  By the time the current class graduates, that number will exceed 60,000 hours, working with some of the most underserved populations in San Diego County.

An incomplete but representative list of where sites student interns have worked:


Abraxas High School- Balboa Secondary School – Braille Institute – Bonita Country Day School – Horton Elementary Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities San Diego – High Tech Middle Media Arts – Liberty School with Alba School Students- Mark Twain High School – Monarch School – Mt. Carmel High School –  Park Dale Lane Elementary School –  Young Audiences of San Diego –  Zamarano Fine Arts Academy – Rescue Social Change Group-Hearing students and D/deaf or H/hard-of-hearing-Toussaint Academy of Arts and Sciences -School for Homeless Youth -Spencer Valley School, Wynola, CA – Morning Sky School – Sunset High School- La Jolla Playhouse

Adult Education 

Alliant International University San Diego- Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest, Hungary – Kheiron Center for Transpersonal -Psychology in Budapest, Hungary – El Camino College in Los Angeles – San Diego University for Integrative Studies-UC San Marcos

Health Care and Wellness

The Wellness Center (cancer survivors and families) – Bayview Hospital- Sharp Children’s Hospital- Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County  – -The Music Therapy Center – The Golden Door Spa – Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn –  Oceanside Women’s Resource Center -Sharp Memorial Hospital – Nursing Home, Cologne, Germany

Addiction/Eating Disorder Recovery

Casa Palmera – Montecatini Residential Treatment Center, La Costa -Healthy Within Foundation-Rancho L’Abri – UCSD Eating Disorder Program – Harmony Grove Program- Scripps Ranch Eating Disorder Treatment Team – Eating Disorder Center of San Diego, Solana Beach – Veteran’s Village of San Diego

Mental Health Care

 Jary Barreto Treatment Center – Casa de Paz – St. Madeline Sophie’s Center – Survivors of Suicide Loss – Survivors of Torture, Int. – East County Community Services – Tri City Medical – Outpatient Behavioral Health Center – Camp Pendleton Wounded Warrior – Camp Pendleton –  Naval Hospital -Mental Health Systems – Mariposa Clubhouse- Oak Knoll Family Therapy Center

Children, Youth and Young Adult Programs

Community Resource Center in Encinitas – Oasis Clubhouse for Young Adults – San Diego Youth and Community Services – Orange County Children’s Services – Big Sisters League of San Diego – San Diego Youth Community Services – A Reason to Survive (ARTS) – Cornerstone, After School Clinic – City Moves! – San Diego Youth Services – Teen Option Program – Store Front Shelter – Warner Springs Resource Center – VVSD Family Community Services

Residential Programs

The Bridge – Fraternity House: residential home for the chronically ill AIDS patients – Nazareth House – Shakti Rising – St. Clare’s – Providence Place – The Cloisters Retirement Home – The Turning Point Home – The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation – Veteran’s Village of San Diego – Promising Futures, Inc. – Casa Palmera Care Center – Soroptomist House of Hope – Seacrest Retirement Community