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Our Vision

We envision a world in which all young people lead creative, purposeful lives.

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our values

Our Model

The Creative Empowerment Model combines EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, GROUP FACILITATION and ARTS-BASED PRACTICE into a framework for designing and leading transformative programs for youth and adults. Participants develop self-confidence, motivation, social and emotional competence, and leadership – proven predictors of well-being.

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People thrive in arts-rich environments. Easy-to-lead activities drawn from art forms like poetry, visual arts, music, and theater to boost bonding and creativity, build motivation, and bring joy into learning.


We achieve exponential impact by working with individuals and organizations that work directly with youth. We develop partnerships with local organizations and schools who adapt and spread the Creative Empowerment Model in their own work. This leads to a multiplier effect that increases impact.

multiplier effect

Our People

Deepa Narayan
Board Chair, Goa, India, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
Ian Watson
London, England
Gwyn Wansbrough
Executive Director
Nadia Chaney
Director of Training
Helena Hennighausen
US Director
Peggy Taylor
Co-Founder and Creative Director
Peggy Taylor
Seattle, WA
Nadia Chaney
Montreal, QC
Nilisha Mohapatra
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
Hanan Mohammed
Luxor, Egypt
Connie Chung
Boston, Massachusetts
David Kafambe
Kampala, Uganda
Aaron Nigel Smith
Lake Oswego, OR, USA
Ed Wade-Martins
Lewes, UK
Stavroula (Voula) Samara
Athens, Greece
Hanif Fazal
Portland, Oregon
Julia Pond
London, UK
Kelly Terbasket
Syilx (Okanagan) Territory, Penticton, BC, Canada
Ibanda Grace Flavia
Kampala, Uganda
Claire Gemmill
Cape Town, South Africa
Donna Parsell
Administrative Assistant
Gani Naylor
Lewes, UK
Marta Drummond
London, England
Rupinder (Rup) Sidhu
Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Charles D. Terry, JD
Langley, Washington
Lynne Twist
San Francisco, California, USA
Mutya Macatumpag
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nick Weeks
London, England
Sara Kendall
Havana, Cuba
Wayne Silby
Kansas City, MO
Chungliang Al Huang
Gold Beach, OR
Andrew Nalani
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Soasis Sukuweh
Toronto, ON, Canada
Themis Gkion
Athens, Greece
Kathy Ellwand
Lewes, UK
Peter Mortifee
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cecilia Zanotti
São Paulo, Brazil
Ibanda Mary Frances
Kampala, Uganda
Bira Azevedo
São Paulo, Brazil
Victoria Watson
London, UK
Stephanie Turner
London, UK
Bagonza Herman
Kampala, Uganda
Devon Little
Seattle, WA, USA
Nancy Mortifee
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Thandile Giyama
Cape Town, South Africa
Ella Cooper
Toronto, ON, Canada
Vishal Talreja
Bangalore, India
Hatem El Wakeel
Luxor, Egypt
Larry Black
Barcelona, Spain
Xoli Fulyani
Cape Town, South Africa
Xola Yoyo
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Alan Wong
Seattle, WA, USA
Melanie Schambach
London, ON, Canada
Maurits Schouten
London, England
Khari McClelland
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sarah Downey
Victoria, BC, Canada
Mona Ahmed
Luxor, Egypt
Mark Cheng
London, England
Silvia Giovannoni
London, UK
Adam Rosendahl
San Francisco, CA, USA
Ruth Barry
Operations Manager
Nawtej “Nuff” Dosanjh
London, England
Abdullah Gohar
Luxor, Egypt
Thomas Arndt
Kirkland, WA, USA
Peter Evans
Pacific Northwest Native
Madhu Shukla
Bangalore, India
Gail Davenport
Cabin John, MD
Rebekka Goldsmith
Seattle, WA, USA
Claudia Pineda
Seattle, WA, USA
Reid Kuennen
Seattle, WA, USA
Devin Majkut
Seattle, WA, USA
Susan Janow
US Program Manager
Brigid Tierney
Toronto, ON, Canada

Our Partners

Collaboration lies at the heart of our work.

Our partners include schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses who share a commitment to unleashing the potential of youth. Our partners adapt the Creative Empowerment Model for maximum impact in their communities.

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