Reflect. Release. Restore.
We teach individuals to use art to explore themes in their lives that need to be explored in order to promote self-empowerment and healing.
We visit trauma-impacted communities.
We travel to youth detention facilities and elderly assisted living facilities to share the experience of healing through art.
We create exhibitions of artists' work to promote self-empowerment for those who are working to rebuild their lives.
We advocate for mental health and educate about the needs of troubled youth.
Our Core Values
Everyone is an artist.
Everyone experiences pain.
Everyone has the ability to heal.
Cynthia Gahan is an artist, a teacher, a mother of three, a volunteer, a mental health advocate, and a certified life coach. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1998. Cynthia has been teaching for 14 years, and has become a strong mental health advocate. She currently serves on the Psychiatry Family Advisory Board for the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and she is a certified instructor for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Basics Class for parents of children with mental illness. Cynthia teaches art classes to incarcerated youth at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett, elderly residents at The Cannon House in Seattle, and incarcerated youth at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie. Her classes are infused with Dialectical Behavior Therapy concepts that allow for self-reflection and self-expression.
Cynthia Gahan believes in the healing power of art and aims to spread the practice to larger communities to promote empowerment, education, and healing for all.
Cynthia Gahan is a Certified First Aid Arts Responder & Group Facilitator.
First Aid Arts equips trauma care providers with arts-based tools and training. They serve survivors of abuse, violence and disaster.