creative LEAPS, LLC is a new company based in Riverview, Florida whose mission is to provide access to the arts to those in the community who can benefit from it and might have little to no access to such programs.
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creative LEAPS, LLC is a new company whose mission is to provide access to the arts to those in the community who can benefit from it and might have little to no access to such programs.
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creative LEAPS was founded by passionate people who have experienced significant changes in their lives in great part due to the arts. We have also had many opportunities to involve others in the arts, and help shape their paths. We believe in providing services that are unique, personalized, challenging, engaging, and overall unforgettable. We create programming emphasizing quality over quantity, and with this exceptional work, we aim to strengthen our relationships with our clients and students.
Our mission is to provide therapeutic and enrichment programming using the power of music and the expressive arts as the driving forces toward self-discovery, self-expression, the acquisition of skills in the visual and performing arts, and the development of skills required for success in life.
Our vision is to provide access to the transformative power of the arts to EVERYONE in the community.
Marion is a Music Therapist – Board Certified, and a Fellow of the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University, and is a mezzo-soprano who also plays the guitar, violin, piano, viola, bass, percussion, various world instruments, and dulcimer.
Marion is a Music Therapist – Board Certified, and a Fellow of the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University, and is a mezzo-soprano who also plays the guitar, violin, piano, viola, bass, percussion, various world instruments, and dulcimer. She has extensive knowledge in music composition, theory and history and is skilled in improvisation, arrangement, teaching and conducting. Her clinical experiences have taken place in Minnesota, Florida, Texas, and Colorado, working with a broad range of populations including older populations, adult rehabilitation, integrated classrooms, and individuals with disabilities. Her research has involved investigating the effects of rhythmic arm-swing exercise on the gait parameters of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Venezuela, Marion is fluent in Spanish and English, and has learned French at the conversational level. She has extensive training, education and experience developing programming that maximizes the benefits of the arts in all areas of learning and development, engaging children and adults, of all levels of abilities, taking into account individual differences and unleashing the creative being within everyone with whom she comes into contact.
Nathan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where he trained in various art media and styles. He has worked as a freelance photographer since 2003, with experience in many genres of fine art and commercial photography. He has a passion for creativity in all forms and loves to see people of all ages grow, learn, and create. He enjoys living and working in a place where art and creativity can be the principle forms of expression and communication.
Chris was born in New Jersey, but has been living in the Tampa Bay area since his arrival at the University of South Florida in 2004. Going to USF for Premed, Chris could not give up on his passion for music and received his bachelors and masters of music in vocal performance, focusing on Opera and Classical Cross-over for the past 7 years. Chris has had the opportunity to perform all over the world as well as right here in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. He is also an active voice teacher in the community and performs regularly for the St. Petersburg Opera Company and St. Mary Lady of Grace Church. Being introduced to the organization Creative Clay in St. Pete, Chris was very fortunate to work an entire year at All Children’s Hospital creating musical activities for the children. This experience opened his eyes to the world of music therapy, seeking out the equivalency program at St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana to put all his musical knowledge to good use.
Monica G. Velandia is an aspiring Art Therapist. She has an Associate of Arts in Art from Hillsborough Community College. She has volunteered with many organizations in the Tampa Bay community, including Metropolitan Ministries, TherAbilities Performing Arts Center, Autism Walk, PFLAG Tampa, and Tabernaculo de Dios Church. She currently works as a counselor at the Sulphur Springs YMCA’s after school program and will continue as a Specialty Class Coordinator for the YMCA Summer Program at Springhill Community Center. After many years in Corporate America, Monica reevaluated her life and realized that her passion has always been painting and working with children and the elders. She made the decision to pursue her dream and decided to go back to school and is driven to achieve her goal of becoming an Art Therapist. She would like to continue having a positive effect on the lives of children and adults within the Autism Spectrum as well as individuals diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. Monica loves seeing the smiles on children’s faces and the parents’ proud reaction upon seeing the joy making art brings to their day.
Melissa is a vital pillar at creativeLEAPS as a key decision-maker and supporter of its mission. She embodies compassion and understanding in her everyday life, and carries that over in every endeavor she takes on. She has influenced the lives of many children by providing them with an enriching, challenging, and loving environment as a caregiver, as a friend, and as a family member, and continues to do so every day.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.