Expressive Media, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1985 by Judy Rubin, an art therapist, and Ellie Irwin, a drama therapist.
In 1962, Ellie initiated a drama therapy program, and a year later an expressive therapy program at Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center (PGCC). Judy started an art therapy program at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) a year later, and joined the expressive therapy group at PGCC in 1968. In 1981, Judy and Ellie developed and co-chaired the Department of Creative & Expressive Arts Therapies at WPIC.
Judy saw the power of the media firsthand as the Art Lady in the 1960s on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. Further inspired by Looking for Me, a film by dance therapist Janet Adler that is distributed by Expressive Media, Judy and Ellie began making films. In 1985, they co-founded Expressive Media Inc. in order to be able to continue to make and disseminate films and videotapes on the arts in therapy.
There are currently hundreds of hours of clinical and educational footage in Expressive Media’s digital archive; most of it is rare and largely unseen. An invaluable teaching resource, it contains many examples of arts therapies pioneers practicing their specialties. Expressive Media welcomes the submission of footage and finished films in any of the creative arts therapies. If you have or know of any such work, please contact us regarding the possibility of adding it to our collection—soon to be available online along with continuing education credits via Expressive Media’s new e-Learning service.