Melissa Diaz is an artist and a licensed, registered, board-certified art therapist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Painting from The University of Central Florida and an MPS in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. In 2010, Diaz founded Open House BK, a community arts initiative that provides free/affordable pop-up art events, exhibitions and therapeutic arts workshops. As a Creative Arts Therapist, Diaz has experience utilizing art therapy, play therapy and mindfulness practices with adults, children and families. She has worked as a therapist and teaching artist in shelters, schools, museums, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Diaz has presented widely on the topic of art therapy application, at institutions including Pratt Institute, University of Central Florida, University of Wisconsin, Health Magazine and Blick Art Materials. In her artwork, Diaz creates interactive installation art as a source of community engagement. In 2015, she was awarded a residency at the Marble House Project, where she explored the integration of installation art, art therapy and environment. Diaz has exhibited widely throughout NYC and nationally, in galleries and alternative spaces. In all her work, she considers space, relationships, and holding environment.
Diaz's organization Open House BK was the recent recipient of a space fund grant, provided by This Open Space. With this opportunity, Open House BK is holding a benefit exhibition with the proceeds from sales of work going to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. This event will take place the evening of December 9, 2017, at Chinatown Soup Gallery.
To schedule an appointment to view Growth Spurts, or for further information about the exhibition or Melissa's other projects, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org She can also be followed on Facebook and Instagram.