I am an expressive arts facilitator, co-founder and core faculty at Expressive Arts Florida Institute.
Intermodal Expressive Arts including painting, drawing, movement, writing, music/sound, and drama.
Expressive Arts Facilitator with people with Parkinson’s at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital 2007
Expressive Arts Facilitator on special project to create a healing environment outside NICU at Jackson Memorial in Miami, FL 2008-2009
“Building Friendships” 10 week project with children with Autism – grant funded for a school in Sarasota County. 2008-2009
Designed and implemented weekly expressive arts sessions for people who are homeless “I am Home” at Resurrection House, Sarasota 2008-2009
One-on-one Touch Drawing sessions with child with Cerebral Palsy over a span of 4 years
*Certificate Training Program in Intermodal Expressive Arts
*One-on-one in home Art & Wellness sessions
*Small group Creative Life Enrichment classes
Certificate in Art & Healing
Certified Art Teacher
Core Faculty and Co-owner of Expressive Arts Florida Institute
Certified Art K-12
Certificate in Art & Healing
Professional Member of International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Certificate Training in Expressive Arts, Art as a Healing Practice Workshops, Mandala-making, REAT supervision, individual sessions,CEU trainings for mental health practitoners.
I am a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, co-founder and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute
Cathy has always known that “playing” with her clay and art materials has helped her feel better and stay positive. Even as a child, her intuition told this truth. In essence, Cathy’s ability to write, create art and share with others led her to study Art and Education with a BA and MS in both. She has taught in both public and private schools and volunteered in the community. She was awarded the Pennsylvania State Teachers Award after completing her undergraduate work at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. While raising a family, she pursued Interior Design Consulting Certification and started Liott Interiors & Mia’s Designs in 1990. For 25 years she has practiced and served many clients in Sarasota, creating beautiful yet functional designs. She presently continues Liott Interiors & Mia’s Designs on a consultation basis only.
Life’s twists and turns always brought Cathy back to expressing and healing herself through the arts. She considers creativity a birthright and after receiving a Certificate in Expressive Arts Facilitating at Expressive Arts Florida Institute, she hopes to share the healing practice with others. After an internship at Girls, Inc. last summer, Women in Search…Healing Through the Arts was born!! The work with the girls validated her childhood practice of “going in” to discover and explore creative solutions for life skills! All the modalities such as dance, movement, music, sounding, visual arts, journaling, meditation are all layered in different ways to allow for freedom of expression in a very non- judgmental way.
Cathy continues to gain new perspectives on life through her own expressive arts practice of working with clay/pottery/sculpture and multi media art. “Playshops” are designed to create a safe container for those attending to witness one another and trust the process of creating for the sake of creating! She also enjoys traveling, journaling, walking the beach, gardening and playing with her grandson.
Patrice is a professional book illustrator, poet, writer, art educator and art & healing practitioner. She holds a BFA degree in Illustration and a Certificate in Art & Healing from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. For nearly 30 years Patrice has worked in the field of illustration and art education. She is a Fine Art Specialist K-12 at Oak Park School, Sarasota County’s center school for the mentally, physically and emotionally challenged.
As an art educator she has been a faculty member of the Continuing Studies programs at Ringling College of Art & Design, Booker VPA, Art Center Sarasota, Venice Art Center, MacMurray College as well as an Artist-in-Residence at Girl Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs. Patrice has been a collaborating art educator with VSA teaching artists, her students and fellow teachers on Building Bridges in the Community funded by grants from the Kennedy Center and Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. This work earned her the prestigious C/SPA Distinguished Arts Educator Award for Leadership in Arts Education 2012 for Sarasota County. She has also been a teaching fellow at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, Maine College of Art in Portland and most recently at Moore College in Philadelphia. Presently she is completing her book, Feather Mountain which is soon to be published.
Patrice’s life has been greatly enriched by her studies in the healing arts, and has led her to develop programs to enrich the lives of others. She feels the intermodal foundations of expressive arts allows for a more holistic approach to accessing our creative spirit. Our search to connect with our authentic art spirit provides a motivation to attain balance and wellness. This promotes a genuine sense of happiness and fulfillment as we travel on our life path.
Providing Creativity, and Healing through Expressive Arts. Using Visual Arts, Writing , Movement, Sound, & Drama to encourage personal insights, positive changes & community connections.
If you are interested in improving the health of yourself, your organization, your business, or your community in an uplifting non-traditional “out of the box” electrifying manner, then contacting Hedda Matza- Haughton, LCSW, President of “For The Health of it” Consultation Services is the answer. Ms. Matza- Haughton integrates improvisational interactive drama, laughter, fun and play in her education/ prevention training programs to achieve health and wellness of individuals, businesses, and organizations, which have physiological, psychological, and organizational outcomes and health benefits. For example, her work facilitates an increase in problem solving and creative thinking skills in dealing with a variety of personal life, business, management and organizational situations.
The Assistant Director of The SOURCE and director of our teen program, Amanda Schlachter is a professional actress and director. Amanda, who recently graduated from The University of Florida with her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, is a former SOURCE member herself and comes to the SOURCE with a great passion and commitment for the program. While at UF, Amanda worked with The Center for Arts in Medicine at Shands with a focus on Arts and Healing and worked with many diverse populations to bring theatre to help educate and enlighten different groups. Amanda has been a professional actress, director and teacher for the last 20 years working with such companies as Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Asolo Rep, The Players Theatre, The Sarasota Film Festival and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Elizabeth provides counseling and arts based programming for patients and their loved ones dealing with the many challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer and other chronic illnesses in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Elizabeth practices counseling, coaching and consulting with a holistic view as she believes when mind, body, emotions and spirit are all working as one there is great opportunity for insight and growth. She utilizes mind-body skills and the expressive arts to help individuals and loved ones cope with illness and other life challenges, promote healing and achieve an overall sense of well being.