Art & Soul is a creative service that enhances your well-being through the arts to create a healthier world.
Nerissa Balland is an artist, arts-in-health practitioner, 2x cancer survivor, coach, and mother. She helps adults and children bounce-back from physical and emotional adversity. Nerissa has combined her love and knowledge of creativity, therapeutic art, coaching, and neuroscience to reduce health issues caused by stress. She works with people from multi-generational diverse ethnic backgrounds with varied socio and economic factors.
Extensively trained at Pratt Institute, Nerissa received a Master of Fine Arts in painting and has numerous certifications in Therapeutic Arts, Neurolinguistics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Currently, Nerissa works as a visual artist in South Florida with exhibitions that span — from Miami Art Week to faith-based institutions, universities, and hospitals.
When she isn’t producing art, she develops and facilitates art wellness workshops. Several local organizations include the University of Miami Hillel, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Suzy Fischer Early Childhood Academy, and Miami-Dade Public School District 3.
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Color. Drink. Chat
Thursday, June 18 @ 8:00
Cheers to Summer! Join us for a women's zoom happy hour to color, drink, and connect. Sponsored by Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Facilitated by Nerissa Balland. All art materials are included and can be delivered, shipped, or available for local curb-side pick-up. For additional fee summer-themed drinks and sweet lite bites are available. To learn more click below.
Depression Is No Joke
Wednesday, June 3 @ 3pm EST
For most individuals and businesses, the COVID-19 crisis has put them in a difficult situation. Those who make their living from the arts have been hit particularly hard, which can lead to feelings of loss, isolation and depression.
To help the arts community, ArtServe will tackle the topic of mental health during “Depression is No Joke,” part of ArtServe’s highly successful “ArtServe Live” free Facebook series, set for Wednesday, June 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (EST).
Sponsored in part by WLRN Public Radio and Television, Depression is No Joke features clinical psychologist Dr. LaTasha Russell of “Drive-By Therapy” along with popular Miami-based comedian Chris Priester, who lends a lighthearted perspective to the sensitive topic. They will be joined by certified Therapeutic Artist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Nerissa Balland.