Arts & Dreams Co-founder Laura Baran:
ARTS & DREAMS IS AN ANTIDOTE TO HOPELESSNESS.
"We make art that encourages us to feel enthusiastic about our worthiness of dreaming big. We change the way we think and feel about ourselves with art and self-loving practices.
I have personal experience with depression and thoughts of suicide. I lost my 20-year-old brother Jeff to suicide in 2000. In the note he left, Jeff wrote it wasn’t the depression that he couldn't take, it was the hopelessness.
While I began the process of healing myself, I started using loving statements - affirmations - in the art I was making. I would hang these canvases around my apartment so that every time I looked around, I was surrounded by kind, comforting words that made me feel so good. This changed me.
My life's mission is to empower people to celebrate the hopefulness that can prevent suicide; to help myself and others feel inspired with art and self-love.
The very act of making art is healing. I believe every person has the ability to create."
Laura Baran is an award-winning professional artist who earned a BFA with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Laura has years of art teaching experience and served on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's New York City Chapter from 2012-13.
To learn more about Laura's artwork visit
Arts & Dreams published an illustrated book!
Rose's Summer of Arts & Dreams tells the story of an aspiring drummer named Rose who uses creativity to change her the way she feels about herself and her dreams.
It is available for purchase at the Arts & Dreams online shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Balboa Press.
Rose's Summer of Arts & Dreams by Laura Baran and Patricia Geremia.
Illustrations by Laura Baran based on photographs by Patricia Geremia.
8.5" x 8.5" 30 pages, Perfect Bound Softcover, Balboa Press 2016
Recommended ages 7-12
Arts & Dreams was co-founded in 2009 by Laura Baran and Patricia Geremia.
Laura Baran leads Arts & Dreams workshops.
In 2016 Patricia Geremia resigned from Arts & Dreams to focus on photography and travel.