We are honored to present the following keynote speakers for our 2019 IEATA’s Rise Up: the Evolution and Revolution of Expressive Arts: 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Opening keynote: Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founding Director, UCLArts & Healing / Arts, and Healing Initiative

Diversity in the Expressive Arts Movement

UCLArts & Healing maintains a strong commitment to increasing diversity in order to build equity in access to mental health care.  Ping will discuss the organization’s strategy for achieving this goal – not only amongst practitioners but also amongst those being served.  She proposes that this is a unique window of opportunity to lay the groundwork for equity in what she projects to be the next wave of healing practices to be broadly adopted by the public.  She will also make the case for the importance of collaboration and evaluation in generating momentum for the movement.  Finally, she will address the breadth of practitioners in the field and the unique role of expressive arts therapists within it.



Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a steering committee member and was founding administrator. She has a B.A. in psychology with honors from Stanford, an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health, and an extensive background in the performing arts.  Ping is on the Council of Advisers for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health and is Associate Editor for the Creative Arts Therapy Section of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. She developed the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and Medical SEA Program. She also co-developed and was principal investigator for the evidence-based curriculum, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming. Ping is co-author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art (Ohio University/Swallow Press, March 2019).

Evening keynote: InterPlay Co-founders Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter



InterPlay Co-founders Cynthia Winton-Henry & Phil Porter began developing the InterPlay practice and philosophy in 1989. They have shared it around the world ever since as co-directors of Body Wisdom, Inc. based in Oakland, California. Their active creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body is experienced in the  InterPlay Life Practice Program. Certification occurs in the  Leader Training Program. Their books include Move: What the Body Wants; Having it All!: Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit Together Again at Last; The Slightly Mad Rantings of a Body Intellectual Part One and Dance: The Sacred Art.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Evening keynote: Bonface Beti, MA



Bonface Beti, MA is a passionate storyteller, theatre-maker, peace-builder, trainer and researcher with international experience. He has spent almost a decade utilizing different artistic approaches including playback theatre, as a tool and space for peace-building with communities in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, US, and Canada. His work and use of theatre for conflict transformation and youth violence prevention in Africa is featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where he is recognized as one of leading global human rights campaigners. His work in Kenya specifically has included rescuing and rehabilitating street children through performative theatre arts. As a member of the renowned, Amani Peoples’ Theatre, Bonface Beti uses playback theatre, forum theatre and theatre of witness among other art forms with individuals and communities caught within cycles of violence to reflect on and transform issues of identity, victimhood/perpetrator, peace and violence in an artistic, non-violent way towards holistic healing, improving relationships, reducing stereotypes and increasing understanding. He has completed his graduate studies in peace-building at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where he focused on the use of the arts in community building and creating linkages across social movements. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Keynote and Closing Ceremony: Maria Gonzalez-Blue, REAT, Therapist and Consultant/Educator



Maria Gonzalez-Blue is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Consultant/Educator. As a board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, she co-authored the first international registration procedures for Expressive Arts Consultant/Educators, desiring to expand the reach of the arts. She worked alongside Natalie Rogers at the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for 12 years and has been teaching Person-Centered Expressive Arts in various venues since 1992. With roots in Mexico, she is bilingual and has taught in Mexico, Guatemala, and Argentina. A 30-year relationship with Huichol shamans from Mexico has influenced her work and her commitment to the arts as a doorway to spiritual exploration.