Michaelanne Helms 

b. 1977, West Virginia, USA. Lives and works in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

michaelannehelms (at) gmail (dot) com - www.michaelannehelms.com


2017 Trauma-Informed Care Certification: Family & Youth Services Bureau - National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

2012-2013 DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative:  faith-based national leadership development program for urban youth workers. Once nominated and accepted, participants receive 15 months of intense training centered around core values of DVULI and learn crucial breakthrough skills needed to see real personal and organizational change.

2008-2009 BuildaBridge Institute for Arts and Transformation: training to prepare practitioners to integrate the arts effectively in education and community development. Bryn Mawr, PA

2006 Certified in Psychological First Aid. The American Red Cross. Philadelphia, PA

2000-2001 Scenic Art Internship. Pacific Conservatory for Performing Arts; Santa Maria, CA

1995-1999 BA Theatre, Cum Laude. Messiah College; Grantham, PA

1997-1998 One-year study at Messiah College Philadelphia Campus. Temple University; Philadelphia, PA

Professional Artistic and Teaching Experience

2006 - 2014 Community Arts Director, Orange Korner Arts - Ayuda Community Center; Philadelphia, PA

2011-2014 Teaching Artist, Orange Korner Arts. 10-week Youth Art Courses including Season to Sow - College Prep for the Artistic High School Student, Glass Mosaics, Tile Mosaics, Introduction to Crochet, Basic Sewing; Philadelphia, PA

2008 Assistant Mural Artist Instructor, Mural Arts Program - Restorative Justice Program. Assisted in painting and designing murals with incarcerated juveniles in the Philadelphia Prison System; Philadelphia, PA

Theatrical Scenic Art Experience:

2003-2006 Scenic Charge Artist, People’s Light & Theatre Company; Malvern, PA

2005 Scenic Designer, BuildaBridge International’s Show Me The Money Workshops in Philadelphia Homeless Shelters; Philadelphia, PA

2005 Scenic Artist, Glimmerglass Opera; Cooperstown, NY

2002-2003 Scenic Charge Artist, Utah Shakespearean Festival; Cedar City, UT

2002 Assistant Scenic Designer, Messiah College; Grantham, PA

Relational Art Making

Community Art Projects

2017 Empathetic Selfies - An Intergenerational Photography Exercise in Fostering Empathy. Philadelphia, PA

2016 Legacy Quilt - An Intergenerational Multi-media Quiltmaking Project. Philadelphia, PA

2012 Celebrating Indonesia - A Community Mosaic. Salatiga, Indonesia

2010 Joy In the City Mosaic. Philadelphia, PA

2010 Thai Village Sanctuary Banners. Udon Thani, Thailand

2008 Cultivation - Mural of Hunting Park Community Garden. Philadelphia, PA

2007 Hunting Park Community Garden Mosaic. Philadelphia, PA

2005 A Transforming Threshold - Ayuda Community Center. Philadelphia, PA

Youth Development Projects

2013 Lenfest Center Mosaic. Philadelphia, PA

2013 Simple Cycle Mosaic. Philadelphia, PA

2012 Who Are You Reflecting? Teen Haven Youth Leadership Mosaic. Brogue, PA

2011 Imma Be Banners. Philadelphia, PA

2010 Reaching Across, Cayuga Bridge Transformation. Philadelphia, PA

2010 Our Best Action - Mural by Kenyan Students. Kuria District, Kenya

2009 Las Obras De Dios - Mural at Escuela Integrada. Antigua, Guatemala

2008-2014 Family Portrait Days. Philadelphia, PA

Creative Work with Incarcerated Communities

2010 Finding Hope - Creative Journaling with Thai Prisoners. Udon Thani, Thailand

2009 Hagar in Zacapa - Mural by Guatemalan Prisoners. Zacapa, Guatemala

2008 Phenomenal Women - Assistant Mural Artist with the Mural Arts Program Restorative Justice Department; Mural by Incarcerated Young Women at Riverside Correctional Facility. Philadelphia, PA

Creative Program Development

2006-2014 Orange Korner Arts, Youth Arts Program of Ayuda Community Center. A Christian arts program cultivating safe space for youth and their families in north Philadelphia to explore their artistic abilities and spiritual calling enabling them to initiate positive change in their own communities. Philadelphia, PA

2013-2014 ReACH - Redemptive Arts for Community Health. Collaborative initiative with Ayuda Community Center and three other community organizations to host monthly creative art trainings and workshops to equip community leaders to address mental and behavioral health concerns in their neighborhood. Philadelphia, PA

2010-2013 Oaks of OKA - Summer Youth Leadership Program. Developing core leadership skills in youth age 14-18 by having them facilitate the design and creation of a community art installation. Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Grants

2016 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Change Partner with Artist Lauren Vargas: Building Community Through Storytelling. Philadelphia, PA

2015 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Change Partner with Artist Lauren Vargas: Identity - Collaborative Self-portrait Project. Philadelphia, PA

2013 Making a Difference Award, Health Partners Foundation. Philadelphia, PA

Projects in the press

Hulstein, Calvin. “Black Eyed Peas Inspire Banners in Philadelphia,” The Banner, November 23, 2011. http://www.thebanner.org/news/2011/11/black-eyed-peas-inspire-banners-in-philadelphia

Hulstein, Calvin. “‘Quilting’ a Legacy in Pennsylvania Hospice,” The Banner, September 2, 2011. http://www.thebanner.org/news/2011/09/quilting-a-legacy-in-pennsylvania-hospice

Hulstein, Calvin. “Mosaic Brings Joy in the City,” The Banner, February 11, 2011. http://www.thebanner.org/news/2011/02/mosaic-brings-joy-in-the-city

Presentations and Workshops

2016 Gathering the Fragments: Arts - A Skeleton Key Toward Integrated Healing. Presented at Esperanza’s Capacity Institute (10/2016) and for Mission Year (1/2017) Training.

2015 Leaving a Legacy - Becoming a Youth Mentor. Presented to Esperanza Health Center's Community Health Promoters: Continuing Education Workshop. Philadelphia, PA

2015 Printmaking - Re-imaging Life Free from Addictions. Created for ReACH (Redemptive Arts for Community Health) Workshop. Philadelphia, PA

2013 Developing Asset-based Community Ministries - Case Study: Orange Korner Arts. Developed for Shalom Ministry Network’s Community Development Peer Learning Workshops. Philadelphia, PA

2010 Building a Mosaic - Start to Finish. Training for staff at Philadelphia Montessori. Philadelphia, PA

2007 Exploring Literacy Through Art - A Curriculum Guide, Created for Ayuda Community Center Summer Literacy Camp. Written for grades K-5. Philadelphia, PA

Professional and Community Service

2015 Arts and Crafts Coordinator. Esperanza Health Center’s Senior Citizen Group. Philadelphia, PA

2011-2013 Saturday Arts and Crafts Coordinator. Sacred Heart Home: hospice care facility providing palliative care to persons afflicted with cancer. Philadelphia, PA

2006-2008 AmeriCorp VISTA Member. Two-year service at Ayuda Community Center to build community arts programming through Orange Korner Arts. Philadelphia, PA


2015 Organizational Future Planning Consultant: facilitated Scenario Planning workshops providing follow up strategic priority timelines to accomplish goals.

Staff and Board Retreat of Simple Cycle. Philadelphia, PA

Staff Retreat of Ayuda Community Center, Philadelphia, PA

Skills and Abilities

coordinating collaborative art projects, creating partnerships with other arts and/or human services organizations, developing authentic mentoring relationships with youth, teaching Bible studies with all ages, spiritual direction with youth, organizational vision casting, long-term planning and charting goal achievement, program development and administration, formulating and maintaining budgets, grant writing, developing assessment tools, email marketing (MailChimp, Constant Contact), curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching specific artistic mediums to all ages, small and large scale mosaics, indoor/outdoor mural painting, printmaking (linocut/woodcut), sculpture, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, drawing, carpentry, sewing, metal leaf, faux painting for interior spaces, crochet, knitting, proficiency in Microsoft: Word, Excel, & PowerPoint; Mac: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie; Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, & Illustrator.

Professional Affiliations

2013-Present Advisory Council Member - Orange Korner Arts, Ayuda Community Center. Philadelphia, PA


Eunice Shin, Former Supervisor; Executive Director of Ayuda Community Center, 4400 N. Marshall Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. (215) 329-5777. eshin03 (at) gmail (dot) com

Dr. J. Nathan Corbitt, Professional Mentor; Co-founder of BuildaBridge International, 205 West Tulpehocken Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. (215) 842-2025. ncorbitt (at) buildabridge (dot) org

Susan Post, Community Partner; Executive Director of Esperanza Health Center, 4417 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. (215) 302-3600. Susan.Post (at) esperanzahealth (dot) com