The Creative Edge Facilitators
Linda Pedrazzini Hevern is an artist-educator who turned from the corporate world to re-focus her attention on arts as healing when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. Having been an artist since childhood, this was a return to her roots. As a lifelong seeker of that which is true and essential, she found it important to remember that healing is movement toward wholeness and Art promotes wholeness. In fact, art making is experience in its integrity.
As a certified expressive therapist who studied with premier practitioners in the emerging field of creative arts therapy/expressive therapy in the 1970's & '80's, Linda had access to state-of-the-art best practices. Beginning immediately with her cancer diagnosis, she used creative arts practices to not only help herself, but also to help family, friends, and others on the cancer journey negotiate the way. While her medical team implemented a 12-month treatment plan of surgeries, radiation and chemo, she created an art based Inner Treatment Plan to face the void and cope with fear by integrating herself and the experience for healing. She has continued on this path developing "arts as healing" through practice, exhibitions, research, as well as teaching, and learning, from those with whom she works.
With the arts as a primary vehicle of healing in mind, Linda co-founded the Breast Cancer Action Group (BCAG) in 1997. Her arts as healing educational outreach programs for breast cancer patients held at Hospice House in Monterey were the first of this kind in the area. She organized arts as healing presentations, workshops and exhibitions for BCAG from its beginning and, more recently, created an external focus group, the Arts as Healing Affinity Group as a forum for artists who consciously use art as healing in their own lives. Since 2006 she has been a Professional Artist in the Schools for the Arts Council for Monterey County and has provided a variety of arts based healing and development experiences through projects sponsored by the Arts Council.
Linda has a Masters in Creative Arts Education and BA in Psychology obtained through the Center for Institutional Change and the Alternative Psychology Program at San Francisco State University. She has created many leading-edge programs, the first of which was an outcome of her internship at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. This program, Creativity through Movement and Art, was sponsored by the Center for Health Studies as a center of innovation to revitalize seniors and those with physical disabilities.
In her post-graduate work, Linda continued to focus on arts as healing and development, for which she received certification from both the National Expressive Therapy Association and the Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute.
For seniors and those dealing with aging, illness, loss or grief
Art is an experience of wholeness and the perennial means of integrating human experience for development as well as mobilizing the healing response. The simple practice of art making can open the way to transformation and recovery.
The Creative Edge, The Breast Cancer Assistance Group & The Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County.
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