Georgia Freedman Harvey - Visual Artist
Georgia is leading one-on-one art sessions with teens that live with chronic illness at CHOC Hospital. Teens living with chronic conditions often feel isolated and cut off from their peer groups. Through this project, these teens have an opportunity to use art as a way to express their feelings, explore their creative sides, and use art for healing. Georgia also encourages her students to share their work with the community through exhibitions. The projects include lessons in book arts, writing, printmaking, fiber arts, and collage.
Having worked extensively with artists who live with disabilities and chronic health conditions, Georgia knows the value that art, as a vehicle for self-expression, can have in helping children and their families cope with their circumstances. She explains, "This series of art instruction and monthly workshops is dedicated to providing resources for teens that encourage and inspire them to keep going and never stop dreaming."
Georgia is a California native who has been involved in creating art since she was a teen. For the last 15 years she have been involved in projects – as an instructor, presenter, and curator – that are about breaking down barriers for individuals who live with some type of disability. Her arts involvement includes being a member of the Surface Art Association, the Jewish Artist Initiative, ArtTable, and the American Association of Museums. Georgia's previous professional activities include work as a presenter at the Very Special Arts Annual Festival in Orange County and a juror at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts.