Touching Hearts 1 By 1, LLC

H.E.A.R.T.S. (Healing thru Expressive Arts and Recreational Therapy Services): A program to help improve well-being and build relationships, all while having fun. Programs are theme based, with a mixture of music, creative arts and movement. The benefits of play can occur at any age. When we play we will see the results of expanded self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Through creative play we can alleviate feelings of stress and boredom and will allow connectedness to people in a positive way.

Ageless Grace R: A unique movement program. The exercises, based on everyday movements focus on the healthy longevity of the body and the brain, based on the science of neuroplasticity. Engagement Training: Having conducted hundreds of “HEARTS” programs, she has created a training program for Activity professionals and others looking to learn engagement techniques with people of all ages and abilities. Team Building: Using similar techniques and skills programs are designed to recruit, train and retrain the best teams. By using cooperative play, organizations can strengthen communication, trust and cooperation. It is said that “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation” Let us spend an hour with you

"For The Health Of It" Consultation Services

“For The Health of It” Consultation Services promotes the health of organizations, businesses, and individuals in an electrifying, non-traditional manner. “For the Health of it” Consultation Services is a health promotion consulting company for the community, businesses and individuals using the arts.

It utilizes interactive improvisational drama to tap into the participant’s creative abilities in a fun, playful, and inspiring atmosphere, as an essential component in providing educational programming for organizations and individuals of all ages. These programs help to enhance community education on health promotion for youth and adults, and improve employee-management performance, customer services, etc.

Two Outstanding Programs:
“Words Not Spoken:” an interactive improvisational drama education and prevention program that deals with such issues as youth bullying, cancer survivorship, employee-management relationships, challenges of youth and aging, and other life experiences, etc.
“Laugh For The Health Of It:’ nationally acclaimed workshop dealing with the emotional and physiological benefits of laughter and demonstrates how you can incorporate these benefits into your life.

Hedda Matza-Haughton, LCSW, founder and President of “For The Health Of It,” is a social worker, health educator, drama teaching artist, and a specialist in creativity through laughter. She brings this expertise to all of her company’s programming , including her excellent coordination, administration and communication andr relationship skills, and has presented across the country and appeared on local/national TV and in various newspapers.
She is the current co-chair of Arts For Health Sarasota- Manatee.

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Expressive Arts Florida Institute is founded on the firm belief in the positive power of creativity, in every person and in the world. Through Certificate Training and Life Enrichment programs we teach and facilitate the expressive arts for personal, professional and social change.

SOURCE Productions

SOURCE Productions is an exciting, educational touring theatre and video production company for young adults (ages 14-30) that has been based in Sarasota, Florida for over thirty years. Created and produced in 1981, The SOURCE is a vital educational resource for both the local and national community. The SOURCE creates innovative theatre, film and videos that directly respond to the needs of youth and young adults. Students, educators and administrators consistently evaluate The SOURCE as one of the most effective prevention programs in the nation.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, an 819-bed regional medical center, is among the largest public health systems in Florida. With about 4,000 staff, over 800 physicians and 1,000 volunteers, it is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers. A community hospital founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial is governed by the nine-member elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board. It is a full-service health system, with specialized expertise in heart, vascular, cancer, and neuroscience services, as well as a network of outpatient centers, long-term care and rehabilitation among its many programs. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital providing obstetrical services, pediatrics and Level III neonatal intensive care in Sarasota Count

Women in Search....Healing Through the Arts

We are Women in Search — Expressive Art facilitators who promote healing of the mind, body, soul and spirit through art and meditation. Using the layering of art forms such as painting, music, storytelling, sculpting, dance, yoga, and journaling, we evoke inner exploration, healing and peace. We create a non-judgmental atmosphere where you can relax and explore your inner self. Our goal is to create a place where you can create positive change in your life.

The process of expressive arts is found in ancient civilizations where religious and secular societies explore their awareness through ceremonies and customs. These ancient processes are powerful and can be utilized through art. We believe that creativity is a birthright and we can relearn ways to go inside ourselves to add to our life skills.

Our facilitators are trained in the field of expressive arts, and place the emphasis on the experience of our participants. We gently “push”, or make available, the opportunities to explore inner truths and the authentic self through the activities of our playshops. Join us on our journey of self-exploration and discovery. You’ll be surprised by the sense of peace and fulfillment you’ll experience.

Parkinson Cafe

I created the Parkinson Café in 2009 to provide social, cultural and intellectual interaction for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

My husband Brad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 when he was in his forties.

Brad was a type-A corporate executive who became unable to work. It was a major adjustment. We asked ourselves, “now what?”

We attended traditional support groups and educational symposiums sponsored by the local NPF chapter to learn everything we could about Parkinson’s. Brad and I both volunteered to be on the NPF chapter executive committee.

We started recreating our lives and finding activities that we “can do.” Less became more. Stress-free became a major goal. (Stress literally makes Brad freeze, unable to move.)

In 2008 I started searching for a program to meet Brad’s needs and couldn’t find anything that was right, so I decided to create something new. That’s how the Parkinson Cafe concept was born.

By arranging fun events and helping others facing similar challenges, Brad and I became able to feel happy and maintain a positive attitude.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance


The mission of Sarasota Contemporary Dance is to bring cutting edge dance of the highest caliber to the community through performance, education, and collaboration.


Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Rachael Inman began working together in Florida State University’s graduate program in 2000. Not only did the two share an Arabic heritage, most importantly, they shared a vision to collaborate, create and celebrate through life experiences. They both spent time developing programming for the FSUdanceSARASOTA initiative, and in 2002 Bolaños Wilmott and Inman founded Fuzión Dance, the first professional contemporary dance company in Sarasota. In 2006, they formed Fuzión Dance Artists as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. After a decade of establishing its presence under the continued Artistic Direction of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Fuzión Dance Artists became Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The organization felt it was time for a change, and under this new name have become a mainstay arts organization in the region.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is recognized for its extraordinary level of high-energy, contemporary dance and collaborative performances with artists of various genres. In addition to a variety of community collaborations and performances at local venues, SCD has also been presented at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance, John F. Kennedy Center, Merce Cunningham Studio Theatre, and the Ailey Citygroup Theatre. The company presents a combination of works by the Artistic Director and Guest Choreographers. Recent Guest Choreographers include Jennifer Archibald, Michael Foley, Adele Myers, Gerri Houlihan, and Larry Keigwin. 2016-2017 marks the company’s 11th season. Additionally, the company offers a variety of physically integrated dance and movement modalities to people in different stages of their lives and abilities, inc

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