For over 15 years Angie has had a passion for art therapy/expressive art and healing. Angie was the recipient of the 2012 Honorary Award from the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, for her work in using art as a therapeutic tool with at risk youth. She personally and professionally has studied and practiced art therapy/expressive arts that enhances self- discovery, hope, healing and health. She has witnessed over the years the power art has in positively creating changes in people’s self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness, behavior modification and enhancing communication.
Angie has been an Art Educator employed by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District for 13 years at the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center. She has extensive experience working with special education populations and trauma informed care. A four time Art Prize participating artist, which includes earning a top ten ranking for time based entries in 2014. Being a member of the Art Prize Educational Committee shows Angie's dedication to the infusion of art as a communication aide and healing tool.
Angie uses Expressive Healing Art as a tool for self discovery, meditation, encouraging creativity, emotional expression/release, embracing and accepting imperfection and to encourage communication. Expressive Healing Art is not used to treat or to diagnose. Angie views it as is a practice, similar to exercising or meditating, to enhance overall well being. She has facilitated Expressive Healing Art with adults and children in various backgrounds. (i.e. anxiety, amputation, loss, depression, drug addictions, anger management, and many behavioral issues.)
Angie is available to speak on Healing Art topics to various groups, in various capacities: Keynote presentations, break out sessions, holistic retreats, community/board presentations, staff meetings and TV interviews . Here is a list of a few presentations, yet presentations can be curtailed to meet your individual groups needs or theme.
Selah Art Studio is the working studio of Angie Briggs Johnson. Selah: meaning to pause and reflect; was chosen as the name of the studio in the hopes that it would be a place where people could Create, Pause and Reflect. It is open by appointment, for individual and groups sessions, lessons, art parties and canvas painting parties. It is located at 2412 Port Sheldon St. Jenison, MI 49426.