Monday Night Program: The Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Speaker Heather Martin

Monday, January 15 @ 7 pm

Heather Martin is the founder and director of the Youth Arts Alliance, a non- profit organization she launched in 2013.  It is a five-county art collaborative in Southeast Michigan, which serves youth between the ages of 11 and 17 who are detained in residential treatment at the Jackson County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County Youth Centers, and at the Livingston County Juvenile Court.

Each week for 36 weeks a year, about 180 youth express themselves in visual arts, creative writing, and theater.  Ninety two per cent of them plan to participate in more creative arts activities upon returning to their communities.  Youth Arts Alliance is built on the foundation that every young adult has the ability to excel if given the proper opportunity, platforms, and audience.

With the support of community artists and dedicated volunteers the Alliance has grown steadily, supported by public funds, private contributions, and grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Heather will present her ideas on the subject of inter-sectional needs of youth in the juvenile justice system and how artistic experiences offer a vehicle for healing.  Join Us!

Ann Arbor Women Artists Hdqrs
4844 Jackson Road
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Open and Free to the Public


Monday Night Program

Donna Hiner Speaker

Monday, Nov 20 @ 7 pm

Donna will discuss her work including her most recently created “Contained Adjustments: The Cicadian Years” art installation from her prior work with County Jail Inmates. It garnered Top 10 Juried, and Top 5 People’s Choice Awards in the ArtWalk Central Competition.

Donna lives in Mt Pleasant and has earned undergraduate degrees in Biology, History and Sculpture/Computer Graphics; and holds two Master degrees in History/Art History and Sculpture/Installation. She thinks “Art can be an effective tool in Activism,” as well as a positive outlet towards healing emotional/psychological traumas. Donna’s past works have explored introspection, self-actualization, societal issues, feminism, and authenticity in an inauthentic environment.

She’s participated in numerous National/International Art Competitions, created Performance Art, held Solo exhibitions, delved into Spiritual Art, and developed a Healing Masks Art Program for County Jail Inmates, which led to a mentoring position for U of M’s Prison Creative Arts Program (PCAP, 2003-2012).

While in Graduate school, Donna developed and led free art workshops for women who were victims of Domestic Violence. In the summer of 2007, Donna was chosen to be the Art Director for a VSA-CMU research-based Camp for children with Autism, developing the Art Program and leading Mentors through the creative process. She’s also taught History as an Adjunct Instructor.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Hdqrs
4844 Jackson Road
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Open and Free to the Public



"New Perspective" by Brein Harpster

1st Place


Visit the Exhibit thru Nov 28th

Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Open Hours:
Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m


Juror: Bruce Winslow

Bruce Winslow earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (1988) in painting and art history and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (1980) in painting from Central Michigan University. He is recently retired in his 29th year as Director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts. His prolific curatorial work developing thematic exhibitions for the Museum has left a long history of dynamic exhibitions while uniting the holdings of museum collections, art collectors and contemporary artists.

A large scale abstract painter, academically trained figurative artist, and surrealist, Winslow has also studied printmaking and has exhibited widely across Michigan and beyond over the last 40 years in galleries and museums. He is also a practicing singer/songwriter and musician.


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