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Vanessa Contopulos
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Vanessa Contopulos is a music therapist and singer-songwriter based in San Diego, CA. She is the co-director of The SongStream Project and loves exploring the potential of music and art to transform people and communities. Vanessa is a member of the Creative Activist community at Creative Visions Foundation. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Creative Visions Foundation. They are the personal opinion of the author only.

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Listening to Autism: From Awareness to Communion

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:10 PM


April was Autism Awareness Month and it seemed to me that everywhere I turned there were stories and statistics about autism. As a music therapist who works with many young people on the autism spectrum, I consider myself within the community of people...

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Faces of a Failed War

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:01 PM


Co-authored by Michael Fryer, Co-Founder of The SongStream Project.

Since the tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, there has been an increase in public discourse regarding addiction. While I am thankful for this heightened awareness, it tends to be characterized by...

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Threads in a Blanket: Creativity and Healing in the Face of Violence

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:32 AM


John Paul Lederach has worked all over the world in conflict areas as a mediator and companion to people rebuilding lives and communities after the violence of war. In his book The Moral Imagination, he suggests that the greatest...

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My 6-Year-Old Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:54 PM

It's October in San Diego, which means that the evenings are slowly growing shorter while the feeling of summer still lingers in the air, holding on as the Santa Ana winds rustle the palm trees. These October days, my mind meditates on the memory of a little girl, the music...

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Hope in a Human Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:06 PM


Mental illness affects approximately 26.2 percent of American adults. This means nearly 60 million people and 1 in 4 adults in the US today are living with a mental health diagnosis. We are numbed by statistics.

While numbers and statistics provide...

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