Kris Bella, Amy Henderson, Marylhurst University AlumniKris Bella ’97, art therapy faculty, and Amy Henderson ’09, M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, are featured speakers at the 2016 Creativity and Wellness Conference.

Kris Bella conducts a workshop on Creativity and Social Change, engaging participants in a creative group process leading to a deeper understanding of art’s catalytic power for community bonding, creative placemaking and social advocacy. When working with disenfranchised populations, this process has the power to unite individuals and create positive lasting change for the individuals themselves or for the community as a whole.

Amy Henderson leads a workshop titled Creativity and Intergenerational Relationships. Amy is the founder and executive director of The Geezer Gallery and the lead gerontologist for the Age Wise Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine. At The Geezer Gallery, Amy has implemented therapeutic arts programs and published two innovative arts curriculums, Capturing Time and Vibrant Elders. These programs are being used in research trials funded by Oregon Health and Sciences University to document the efficacy for seniors both with and without cognitive impairment as it pertains to socialization, cognition, anxiety, depression and self-mastery.

The second annual Creativity and Wellness Conference will be held on October 30, 2016 at Oregon Health Science University. The conference is designed for educators, counselors, therapists, health care providers and parents, to explore one’s own connection to creativity and wellness and become more present for one’s students, clients and children.

Kris Bella, ATR-BC supervises M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling practicum students at Marylhurst University. She is the founder of Free Arts NW, a community-based nonprofit providing free arts programming to underserved youth. She earned her M.A. in Art Therapy from Marylhurst in 1997.

Amy Henderson earned her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in gerontology from Marylhurst University in 2009. She also earned her B.S. in Business & Leadership from Marylhurst in 2006.