As a creative engagement facilitator, Katarina Thorsen uses restorative art-based practices to create safe a space in which inquiry can flourish and connections can deepen.
Within restorative art-based practice, safe and inclusive space is an act of collaboration– between the facilitators and the participants. We co-create the space by how the space set up, how well the facilitators read the room dynamics, by starting in circle, setting intentions, utilizing a flexible and dynamic framework and by coming back to circle for reflection and closing.
Katarina facilitates the use of mind mapping and gentle art instruction to engage the whole-brain of the participants in order to:
• increase engagement and collaboration,
• capture dialogue,
• gather data and
• to create art and have fun.
The process allows for all voices in the room to be heard and we discover together.
CONTACT KATARINA: Email
KATARINA THORSEN: CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT FACILITATOR
MISSION: to facilitate dialogue and creative expression through arts-based engagement
• THERAPEUTIC ART FACILITATION, ART LESSONS
• GRAPHIC RECORDING, VISUAL FACILITATION, VISUAL STORYTELLING
• CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT CONSULTATION
Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is an artist, a creative engagement facilitator and a craftivist passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections. Kat specializes in arts-based programming for all ages, in particular engaging vulnerable populations. The heart of her work is visual storytelling, whole brain engagement and facilitation. Her interactive art events and street art encourages participants to become part of the creative process. Kat’s own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe. She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, in 2013. Her next book is a true crime analysis in the form of a graphic novel. Kat resides in Vancouver, Canada.
Katarina Thorsen Curriculum Vitae PDF: available upon request
Woman of Worth Award 2014: Humanitarian of the Year
City of North Vancouver 2010 Civic Youth Award: Outstanding Supporter of Youth.
“Sarah, I think of you.” In memory of Sarah de Vries. Donated to Coquitlam RCMP detachment, 2002
Kat’s greatest joy is being mom to Anna and Julian.
Creative Engagement and Therapeutic Art Clients and Collaborators include:
School districts: North Vancouver, Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Sunshine Coast
Schools: Mountainside Secondary, Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary, Alpha Secondary, Byrne Creek Secondary, Strathcona Elementary, West Pointe Grey Academy, Roberts Creek Elementary, Elphinstone Secondary, Kwayhquitlum Middle School, Small Talk Preschool for Language Disorders, Bayview Community, SelfDesign Home Schooling, Rhodes Wellness College, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia
Youth Programs: HELP Street Youth, Granville Youth Health Clinic, Inner City Youth, Intensive Youth Outreach Services, Hollyburn Family Services, Frames Film Project, Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society, Burnaby Neighborhood House, Burnaby Youth Custody Centre, Pacific Community Resource Society, Passion to Lead, Strathcona Community Centre, YouthCO
Restorative Justice Programs: North Shore Restorative Justice, Punky Lake Wilderness Society, Shaking the Movers, Centre for Restorative Justice, Circles of Support and Accountability
As well as: City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, viaSPORT, NGU Consultants, Spruce Harbour Marina, Canucks Autism Network, Tapestry Retirement Living, Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities, Hawthorne Memory Care, Evergreen Extended Care, Concert Properties, Leisure Care Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health, Bayshore Home Health Care, Beauty Night Society, Friends for Life, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Operation Sock Monkey, DIVERSEcity, Place des Arts
You can connect with Katarina at the following sites:
CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT: katthorsen.com
DISCLAIMER: Katarina Thorsen, BSc (1984, University of British Columbia) is not a board-certified art therapist. Katarina has over 25+ years of frontline experience with special needs populations, facilitating artistic expression in one-on-one and group settings.