Exhale Compassion

Transforming Community Through the Arts

This multi media workshop, originally created by Dr. Louise Montello, shares the power of the arts to address issues affecting communities and to be a source of healing. Through gathering reflections from youth, elders, and members of a community or center, we have dialogue to discover the issues at hand and create to shine awareness of the message at heart. Creating a mural, song, play, dance from sharing stories and giving people a voice, brings people together to heal, grow appreciation of one another, be respectful of other cultures and perspectives, and shine their truth, heart, and strength. 

Ridhima is grateful to have been featured in this video sharing her insights on the Creative Arts and Health program at The New School and to Cecilia Rodhe for sharing this program with her. Unfortunately, it no longer exists, but she continues to grow the vision that this program helped her believe was possible in honor of its incredible creator, director, and pioneer in the field of expressive arts therapy, the late Dr. Louise Montello.