Creative Hub Partnership
Strengthening Families and Raising Resilience
Saturday, June 4, 2022
9:30am to 2:00pm
About the Session
The HeartWell Institute has partnered with Creative Hub to introduce Strengthening Family and Raising Resilience
The mission of the Strengthening Families and Raising Resilience Program is to use creative arts to explore the values of mindfulness practices and compassionate communication, promoting family unity, and greater awareness of the power of remaining in the present moment to help strengthen the bond and mutual understanding and compassion between family members.
Goal of the Program
The Strengthening Families and Raising Resilience Program is the product of a partnership effort between The HeartWell Institute and Creative Hub Worcester, specifically aimed to support youth and families of color in the city of Worcester.
The Strengthening Families and Raising Resilience Program is possible with the support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
About the Instructors
Laura Marotta is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Creative Hub Worcester, a non-profit focused on using art as a vehicle for healing and social change. Ms. Marotta was an art educator in several different school systems for over seven years. She previously worked at both Diamond Newman Fine Arts as well as Newbury Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts as a fine arts sales consultant. She is currently the Past-President of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and is a practicing artist working mainly in watercolor and pen and ink. Currently Ms. Marotta oversees all programming for Creative Hub, including childcare, youth arts classes, adult workshops, gallery exhibitions, events, and more. She currently serves on the board for Love Your Labels, an LGBTQ+ youth focused advocacy organization.
Stacy Lord is the co-founder of the hugely successful non-profit arts festival, stART on the Street, and has taught in the Worcester Public Schools for over 15 years. Fourteen years later, she is still fully immersed with stART as Co-Director, allowing for a greater collaboration between the community and her students. Stacy is an active member of the NAEA, having presented over the past several years at the national conventions and just ended her 4-year term as the Eastern Region Director for the Middle Level. Stacy is co-founder of and co-runs Creative Hub Worcester, leading public art projects and many other art-focused community initiatives.
Zayda Vallejo is originally from Colombia, South America. She completed a BS in Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's Degree in Political Economy at Oxford University. She is an adjunct faculty member and mindfulness trainer at Harvard University CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Brown University Mindfulness Center. In 2013 she and her husband co-founded The HeartWell Institute, an urban, non-profit retreat and community wellness center in Central Massachusetts.
Zayda has been practicing meditation, yoga, and mindfulness since 1978, as a way of cultivating her own clarity, equanimity, and self-compassion. Since 2003 she has been teaching mindfulness classes, leading retreats, and mentoring professionals with great joy and passion in an effort to give back in a small way all that she has received. She holds a 20o-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga.
Click on the photos and video below to see what happened on our November13 & December 11 event!
Stacy and Laura
mom and child
laura and mom
billie and children
mom and child hugging
mom and child 2