We might have started this alone, but we are certainly not doing it by ourselves. Here are some important players of Art Power! and Casa de la Creatividad.
Originally from Mexico City, Brenda Hernandez, is our Studio Coordinator. She is a one-in-a-million find for us as a certified Art Therapist from the Mexican Institute of Art Psychotherapy and her degree in Social Work from the National School of Social Work of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Before coming to Casa, she worked for more than 6 years with various groups in vulnerable situations such as: girls, boys, adolescents, women and people with disabilities, developing and implementing models and projects on Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, Sexuality and Gender. She was a producer of social, artistic and cultural activities and events at Casa Refugio Citlaltepelt (2017-2018), headquarters of the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City, contributing to the development of topics such as refuge, migration, human rights, and freedom expression. She is also the founder of Tribu Arte, a creative laboratory in which she creates and implements art workshops based on imagination, play, creative thinking and narrative, aimed at children, adolescents and young people. Brenda loves connecting with people and says her biggest reward is “watching you discover your own wisdom through your art”.
Beatriz Casteñeda, we call her Betty, started out as a volunteer, and we asked her to join our team when we realized what a good fit she is! She comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Master's Degree in Education from the Inter-American University for Development. She is currently completing her degree in Pedagogy from the International University of La Rioja (UNIR). Betty says, “I love learning about different subjects and being in contact with children who are my main teachers. I enjoy being a part of Casa de la Creatividad and I look forward to making a positive impact in the Cozumel community that I love so much.”
Anita Yeh Norrie, MA-Art Therapy. I am the Founder and Director of Art Power and Casa de la Creatividad. This labor of love and compassion started as an idea in 2017 after spending several seasons volunteering at the orphanage in Cozumel. It turns out that this is a beautiful culmination of everything I had ever accomplished in my career as an art therapist, business owner, and creative artist. I find excitement in the challenge of developing programs that meet the needs of a community. I find value and happiness in empowering kids, supporting parents, and most of all helping people to thrive and grow through art, creativity, art therapy, and free expression.