Arts & Dreams Co-founder Laura Baran:
"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.
ARTS & DREAMS IS AN ANTIDOTE TO HOPELESSNESS.
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 act of making art is healing. I believe every person has the ability to create."
Arts & Dreams published an illustrated book in 2016!
Rose's Summer of Arts & Dreams tells the story of an aspiring drummer named Rose who uses creativity to change the way she feels about herself and her dreams.
It's available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Balboa Press.
8.5" x 8.5" 30 pages, Perfect Bound Softcover, Balboa Press 2016
Arts & Dreams was co-founded in 2009 by Laura Baran and Patricia Geremia.
Laura Baran leads Arts & Dreams workshops.
Patricia Geremia resigned from Arts & Dreams in 2016 to fully focus on photography and travel.
Check out Patricia's beautiful work: www.patriciageremia.com!
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 private art teaching experience and served on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's New York City Chapter.
To take a look at Laura's work at www.laurabaran.com.