Over the many years we have been working creating art with unique communities, we always thought it would be a great idea to have a therapy dog join us in our workshops.

The POSTCARDS to the OUTSIDE project was started as a in-cell project during COVID-19 restrictions. The project was completed by juveniles in detention at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as part of our grant and with the women at California Institution for Women. The participants were given the following this prompt:

The Human Element project is  proud to announce a new partnership with La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization that collects testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Guatemalan Genocide. The Human Element Project has been invited to help create this memorial through a series of workshops where participants will express their stories through painting and collage.

Holocaust Memory ReconstructionProject

Day three of this painting project.

Type your paragraph here.

Please reach out if you would like your organization to participate in in this project. We would be happy to schedule a workshop.


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120" x 48 Acrylic on canvas. This piece was completed by senior residents at The Village at Northridge and is installed in their main lobby.

Women Listening workshop - California Institution for Women

The Human Element Project's new THERAPY DOG!

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ONE. CREATING UNITY THROUGH ART is the HuProject’s new art initiative based on creating unity and oneness around the theme of the American flag. In an effort to unite instead of divide, The Human Element Project has decided to embark on a year-long non-political collaboration that asks individuals and communities throughout the United States to create their personal and heart-felt interpretation of the American flag. 

The Human Element Project provides commissioned art workshops and art installations CURATED by us and CREATED by our partners and their communities. The Human Element Project is an interactive and creative opportunity to develop thought-provoking art installations that make powerful social statements about the connection between art, science and the human experience. Our goal is to create an on-going dialog about difficult topics with under-served or marginalized communities by Transforming Life into Art with our organizations and participants.

In November 2020, we had the joy of adopting Emma. She was rescued from a Korean meat market and brought to the U.S. by L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue. Emma is a mix of many breeds, but we think she is mostly a beagle and retriever. She is 30lbs of cuteness and freckles. She loves to be petted, eat treats or just sit along side of you looking cute!

The Syria civil war, now in its sixth year, is “a slaughterhouse, a complete meltdown of humanity. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced more than 11 million from their homes. In many cases, children caught up in this crisis have fared the worst, losing parents or friends to the violence, suffering physical and psychological trauma, or falling years behind in school.

Healing through art - Thought provoking art and creative writing workshops

The use of the arts as rehabilitation for those that are incarcerated works towards a model of incarceration as a rehabilitative rather than punitive practice. Evidence has shown that arts programs within prisons are excellent outlets for self-expression and personal achievement as well as provide therapeutic and healing benefits.

Expressive Art Workshops offer inmates and opportunity to be seen as emotionally available and creative human beings capable of change and empathy despite their crimes. 


Jewish Museum of Maryland

96" x 48 Acrylic on canvas. This piece was completed by senior residents at The Commons in Woodland Hills and is installed in their main lobby.

To maintain anonymity, each signature is represented by the artist's initials and age.



A Human Element Project collaboration with the American University of Paris

If you could create a window into your soul, what would you want the world to see about your healed self?

Explain your image in the form of a letter and address it to someone you want to hear your story.

Workshops continue at the 

Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Permanent Exhibition scheduled for 2019

Serving Time Workshop


The Human Element Project’s facilitated collaborative Painting workshops bring people together to explore new methods of COMMUNICATION, REFLECTION and HEALING through this creative process. Our workshops promote team building experiences and training that help build new networks, develop communication skills and celebrate a shared experience of creating unique works of art.

Partnerships with museums in the United States and Australia 

Participants: Health Wagon, Wise, Virginia, The People Concern, Santa Monica, Ventura County office of Education, Ventura County,

California Institution for Women, Chino, Wise Correctional Unit, Wise, VA, Rachael's Haven, Pound, VA, The Village Senior Community, Northridge, The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles

Emma has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen award, and she is a registered therapy dog with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and is insured while visiting. Let us know if you you want us to bring Emma along to your next workshop or just stop by your facility for a few pets.

Children and young adults with special needs engage in Expressive Art Workshops to create Soulful Collages, Peace Poles and a Collage Rainbow.

A special thanks to Golden, Fredrix and BLICK for their wonderful products and their generous support that help make our work possible.

Introducing EMMA!

Originally at the Museum of Tolerance,

now on permanent display at the

​Beverly Hills Synagogue