Juanita Ayson – Writer, Multi-Media Artist, Performance Artist, Expressive Art Therapist
Beginning in her teen years, Juanita Ayson experienced art as a healing force that plays an important part in our day-to-day survival. Throughout her life, painting provided an emotional release and a means to express how she was experiencing her world. Juanita has recently felt a sense of urgency to make art more a part of her life and to share her experience of art as a healing force with others. She is collaborating with the
Indian Health Council (IHC) to implement a therapeutic arts program that features a variety of arts projects including journal making, story writing, painting, music, performance and movement. By providing a sampling of art mediums for exploration, Juanita hopes participants will discover an art form that they like as a means of self-expression, self-awareness, improved self-esteem and meaningful community activity. The Indian Health Council, a consortium of nine tribes, provides a full spectrum of services in rural Rincon Valley. However, many people who seek services at IHC do not qualify for programs or are isolated and do not take advantage of programs. Juanita’s Artist Outreach Project will provide IHC a means to engage more individuals who will benefit from arts programming and will extend the clinic's reach into the local community. Juanita is a Writer, Multi-media Artist, Performance Artist, Expressive Art Therapist, and Licensed Acupuncturist. She was educated at Chouinard Art Institute, earned a BA in Visual Art, and a Masters in Jungian Psychology.