How the Arts Can Help Us Heal and Overcome Difficult Times
We have art so we shall not die of reality, said the famous German philosopher Frederich Nietzche. Many of us have turned to the arts during these ongoing difficult times for comfort, distraction, centering, to reinforce and reaffirm our values, and to build connections with other people. Perhaps even unconsciously, we find ourselves seeking solace and connection through the arts.
Throughout human history and all over the world, people have come together through art, storytelling, poetry, and dance --to learn together, laugh together, and share common values.
Please join our discussion about how the arts can heal us and help us overcome difficult times.
Maria is a mouth painting artist. She became a quadriplegic in 2000 when a windstorm caused a tree to fall on the roof of her minivan while her husband Mike was driving. Her passion for painting started when her mother gave her a paint-by-numbers kit, and further expanded when she showed her cards from the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Most of her inspiration comes from the beautiful garden and pond in her backyard where she has added goldfish and koi. Daily visits from the squirrels and birds bring the backyard to life. Before the accident she enjoyed being out in the yard and gardening. Now flowers grow on her canvas. Watching the flowers, koi and goldfish has not only provided peaceful therapy but also color and movement which inspire her to re-create with paint.
Rev. Maya Andrea Y. Grillo Massar
Alternative Healing Facilitator and a Shamanic & Fine Artist, Maya Massar has been sharing her offerings in the areas of Creativity, Healing and Awakening for over four decades. Mayas lectures, workshops, meditations & presentations, using crystal, sound, movement and art as sacred gateways, are experiential in nature and facilitate participants in discovering new levels of energy, passion, peace and awareness in the present moment. Maya is also an actor, dancer and poet. In 2019, Maya graduated from Unitarian Universalist Seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, joint program with The Chaplaincy Institute. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister and certified Spiritual Director. She currently works as a Hospice Chaplain, Interfaith Spiritual Director, Artist, Workshop Leader and Actress. She welcomes your inquiries.
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The Creative Impact Workshop Series is produced through a partnership between Tualatin Valley Creates, the City of Beaverton Arts Program, and the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.
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