History proves that art has the power to change civilizations. Transformative art purposefully cultivates the unique capacity of art to heal, awaken and transform.
If you’re a creator, we know you believe in the transformative power of art. Our guest, Dana Lynne Andersen, shares her journey from artist to academician and back to artist.
Dana’s magnificent paintings have been featured on the covers of books, magazines and calendars, newspapers, radio and television. She has taught and exhibited on three continents, and hosts an annual art academy in Assisi, Italy.
In 1986 Dana founded her first “Transformative Arts Studio” in Berkeley, California – a nexus for the pioneering integration of Art and Spirituality.
In 2002 she founded “Awakening Arts”, an international network of artists committed to the creation of art that is uplifting and transformative.
In 2009 Dana began teaching in Italy and India, establishing The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness and developing a certification program in the approach. The Academy has two centers; near Assisi, Italy and Portland, Oregon.
Her incredible art
The Awakening Arts Academy
Classes for artists
Transformative Art Certifications
The transformative power of art
The creative process is actually one of the most powerful things we can possibly do to help the world.
"Art is something that triggers creativity. We have it backwards, we think that in order to do art you have to be a creative person, and that certain people are creative people and certain people aren't, and that's just absolutely false. It's not true at all."
"The creative life is a vital life, a courageous life, a fulfilled life. The person is flowing forth the sap of life force in their body and being when they're creating. And if you cut that off, you create withered human beings, or at least part of their body-psyche-soul is atrophied.
"It's disempowering to a human being not to be creative, and perhaps the most important of all, it cuts off that aperture to the soul. When you are creative you are opening up a direct link with the divine inside of you."