Ashley Rucker founded TherapART to promote the positive effects of art therapy after struggling with the anguish of a sibling suffering from drug addiction and incarceration. A gifted dancer and passionate creative, she formed her unique method using meditation, dynamic movement and creative play as an alternative to traditional therapy. The results and breakthroughs were incomparable.
Doubling down on how effective it was on adults, she’s been paying it forward from the beginning. Focusing on youths significantly affected by the criminal justice system helping them to work through the release of emotional barriers that limit their future lives. A trained yoga teacher and graduate of the Institute of Transformative Mentoring (ITM) atThe New School, she has facilitated TherapART workshops and ceremonies both nationally and internationally. Ashley has called New York home since 2011.Ashley is currently a fellow of the Behind The Bars Fellowship at Columbia University.