Creative Arts

In the 1940s the idea of using art in a therapeutic manner began to take hold in the US and across Europe. One of the first known people to identify the discipline of “Art Therapy” was Adrian Hill who used art while living in a sanatorium in England and who wrote the book, “Art versus Illness”.


Milkweed Connections uses the creative arts to help individuals identify their authentic self and create an alternative space for healing through creative expression. We promote mindful creative expression to help address feelings, identify moods, develop coping skills, heal emotional wounds, and provide alternative ways of interacting in a peer support situation. The creative arts allow individuals freedom to share thoughts and needs with others in a way that makes sense personally. Individuals benefit from using the creative process as a tool for healing because art is not “right” or “wrong”… it just “is”. We also promote a connection between art and nature by using nature in the creative process.


Milkweed Connections uses a ‘mobile art studio’ whereas we bring creative arts to people in their homes and/or community to make the process the most comfortable for the person. We also have spaces in Menomonie and Balsam Lake that we can use if the person prefers. We are committed to making the creative art process as individual as possible for each person we work with. We provide mindful creative expression to all ages and all ability levels.


Some of the interesting things we do include:

  • rock art

  • vision boards

  • water creations

  • life books

  • stenciling

  • planting/garden art

  • drawing/painting

  • journaling and creative writing

  • puppetry

  • clay and sculpture

  • music/dancing/acting

  • mosaics

  • collages

  • photography

  • knitting/crocheting/sewing

Many of our team members enjoy sharing the creative arts, including Shelley, Kate, Terra, Leah, Mary and Victoria. Rachel is available for guitar/music lessons.

© 2020 by Milkweed Connections 

PO Box 305 Menomonie, WI 54751

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