California Stories Grant Application

Through Expressive Arts we have many languages to tell our story: visual art, poetry and writing, music, movement and drama. The arts give us a container to hold our story, tell it in a new way and even change the story as an artist works with the materials they have been given and creates something new. Each story demands it’s own voice and the Expressive Arts offer many voices


 Images Speak Louder Than Words

Finding a medium to tell the Story through Expressive Arts Therapy and Exhibition of the Work

Sherri Raum had no words. One day while working with Tish McAllise Sjoberg, Expressive Arts Therapist, she found an image that expressed a part of her story in a way that she had never been able to before. Her search for images began and the stories began to unfold.

“Images are my voice. They help me make peace with my past and welcome my future. It is a great feeling when I find the “just right” image to express the idea or feeling I am trying to express. I work with painting, collage and digital collage.”

See, Hear and Speak Not of the Evil by Sherri Raum

Truth by Sherri Raum

Me and My Abuser by Sherri Raum

The Before and After by Sherri Raum

Stone Warrior Woman by Sherri Raum

Exhibit Opening, Sherri Raum and her Collage Images

Sherri’s work was exhibited in a show at Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn in September of 2011. The work was seen by the public and it was no longer a secret. The healing continues.


Tish McAllise Sjoberg, M.A., CAGS

Expressive Arts Therapist