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Arts 4 Change

Who is a Cultural Creative?  Most expressive arts practitioners are, but what does that mean? Cultural creatives are not floating along with the mainstream. In some important ways they are making lives that divert from the standard values and attitudes of middle America, although they may also share many ideas, ethics and standards with their neighbors. This

Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D. Founding Director, Expressive Arts Institute As summer warms here in Southern California the institute faculty would normally be returning from European Graduate School, after teaching summer school with our colleagues to students from around the globe. Instead we held EGS online for the second time, and though I missed the Alps, I am thrilled by

After a summer of unprecedented heat, fall is right around the corner in Southern California, and the institute is breaking new ground. We are gearing up to welcome a face-to-face class before the end of September! We have survived a year of isolation, zoom classes and a complete transformation as institution into the hybrid program we now

Spring enters with her 10,000 shades of green, and sweeps away the winter chill and  last summer's browns. Photo Wes Chester BY:Judith Greer Essex Ph.D. LMFT, ADTR, REAT Founding Director, Expressive Arts Institute The Green Goes Over and Over It is irrepressible. The daffodils come springing out, green shoots and leaf buds appear overnight. I want to forestall spring and

January 1st, 2021 As I look back across the nearly six decades of my life, I can never remember a time when I felt so circumspect about wishing everyone “Happy” New Year’s. It seems almost wrong. I don't want to put pressure on people right now to feel "happy." So many are grieving the loss of jobs, homes, family

I can’t blame you. For 40 years I have had the best seat in the house. I witness people unfold, come alive again, heal and grow through the arts. It’s the most satisfying job in the world. Helping people by making art and making a difference, what could be better than that? What is Expressive Arts Therapy? Expressive Arts