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Our Communities 

Well Arts Institute is a nonprofit, arts organization that explores the health of our community and its members through the reflective lens of the arts.

Actor Andrea White, Voices of Our Elders

The cast of The Unexpected Guest

Cast of The Unexpected Guest



A Warm Farewell

CIMG5320After an adventurous and impactful four years as Well Arts’ Executive Director, I have made the bittersweet decision to resign and transition to new roles in new arenas.

As Artistic/Executive Director of Well Arts, I’ve been honored by the generosity of the participants who have opened their experiences and thoughts with me to create beautiful art. I’ve been lucky to work with amazing actors, helping them collaborate with people with amazing stories.

I’ve been humbled by the enthusiasm I encounter when I tell people what we do, and the passion with which so many people have shared expertise, time, money, and resources to make sure that ordinary people’s stories get on stage. I have loved working with the participants, the actors, and so many supporters—it’s changed my life.

The Well Arts board will continue to steward the organization and are in the midst of building a new plan to move the organization forward. I have every confidence they will make Well Arts stronger than ever. The board would love to hear feedback from those of you who’ve been involved with Well Arts in the past, or who are interested in getting involved.

If you have questions about programming, organizational vision, donations or anything else, our new board chair Julie Mae Muiderman will be happy to get in touch with you. Click here to email Julie Mae now.

Soon a number of volunteer opportunities will be made available, so please contact board member Charmian Creagle if you’re interested in helping out. Click here to email Charmian now.

Well Arts’ commitment to knitting together community through the arts is thriving. We’re so excited to be offering the following projects as we head into 2015:

“Stories from p:ear” written and performed by homeless youth through a partnership with p:ear, performing during the Fertile Ground Festival in January 2015.

▪ “Fierce Love”, stories written by mothers caregiving for children with Cerebral Palsy, through a partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington, workshops starting November 2014 and performing in March 2015.

“The Enemy Within“ written by veterans surviving military sexual assault, with Returning Veterans Project and Wise Counsel and Comfort, workshops starting January 2015, performing in May 2015.

“Reunion Writers” stories written by Well Arts Participants from 2000–2010, performing in June 2015.

“My Body, My Heart” transcripts of interviews with women with Intellectual Disabilities talking about their sexuality, in partnership with Portland State University Special Education Department, performing in September 2015.

Stay with us. It’s about to get even more awesome! And thank you for letting me be a part of your world.


Katy Liljeholm, Outgoing Artistic/Executive Director


Cast of Just Like You

Maryanne Glazebrook, David Loftus

Actors Maryanne Glazebrook, David Loftus, A Touch of Well Arts


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