Innovating Through Artistry

I Can

In WEBSITES & BLOGS on February 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

OK, so I keep talking about transforming the arts and finding new ways to change the way we think about who we are and what we can do. Well, thanks to a recent email I received from a new reader, I stumbled into a great example of the kind of innovative ideas I keep telling you art can embrace.

Flourish Studios™ describes themselves as a multi-faceted learning gallery “ which motivates and prepared adults, teenagers and children to bring about significant, self-selected life changes.”

This unique art gallery integrates professional guidance ( therapy) inspirational resources ( found in art and their boutique) and a great environment to encourage individuals to flourish. How cool is that? I love their slogan too. It’s Live. Learn. Love.

Flourish Studios™ also offers Change-Positive events which they describe as “carefully selected events providing opportunities for learning and stimulating social interaction”.

juliaIronically, this wonderful idea was developed not by an artist, but by a psychologist.

Founder Julia M. Rahn, Ph. D. is a Clinical Psychologist with more than ten years experience helping people meet their individual and family goals. Her expertise lies in health and rehabilitation issues such as overcoming eating disorders and adjusting to chronic illness. Dr. Julia also has a solid record assisting both adults and children with patterns of depression and anxiety, and she takes a special interest in working with families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Dr. Julia’s success is a result of her insistence on addressing each person as a whole and using creative interventions to promote change. To that end, she has frequently ventured outside her therapy offices to research and present ancillary support in the form of resources and products for her clients. Over time it became clear to Dr. Julia that the best way for her to serve the interests of her clients was to integrate all her therapeutic efforts under one roof.

Check out this innovative place at They also have a newsletter worth a look.

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