Van Wezel Foundation Underwrites Program to Bring Therapeutic Arts Practices to Adults Experiencing Trauma and Loss

Resilient Retreat

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Foundation recently collaborated with Resilient Retreat, a not-for-profit organization utilizing innovative arts-based approaches to help those impacted by trauma.

“Resilient Retreat believes in utilizing trauma-informed expressive art therapy (the integrative use of art, music/sound, dance/movement etc.) as a form of body-based treatment to help participants in their recovery journey,” said Lisa Intagliata, executive director of Resilient Retreat. “Collaborating with an organization like the Van Wezel was a natural fit for us and gave us access to the highest caliber of arts instructors and curriculum to benefit our participants.” 

Through this collaboration, Van Wezel teaching artists, who are professionally trained in therapeutic arts practices and arts-based intervention, alongside Resilient Retreat’s licensed therapists, lead first responders and helping professionals in the creative process to address trauma, as well as secondary trauma.

“My experience in partnering with Van Wezel teaching artists has been phenomenal,” said Dr. Joyce Carter, director of wellness at Resilient Retreat. “Their facilitation of our programs has exceeded our expectations. These artists have been an integral part of opening our participants up to the healing process using the power of creativity and the arts.”

Utilizing creative exploration and self-expression, these professionals, who have experienced trauma in the workplace, are empowered and given tools that will assist them in coping with and beginning to heal from trauma, abuse and loss.

“This workshop was amazing,” said a Resilient Retreat participant. “Deep level healing. Very safe and gentle environment to explore ourselves. The approach was so unique and every participant got a lot out of it.”

Recently, one workshop – No Rules Art Journaling – provided first responders and helping professionals an opportunity to explore and express themselves through a variety of art mediums. Art journaling holds a focus of process, rather than end product, and may help reduce stress, boost mood, help memory, and bring joy.

It is because of the generosity of the Foundation’s donors that we can fund mission critical programs developed by our community partners, like Resilient Retreat. Together, using the power of the arts, we are having a deep and meaningful impact on our community. To learn more about how your gift to the Van Wezel Foundation can make an impact, please visit

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