A nationally recognized arts advocate who has dedicated her life to helping people achieve their own creative potential, Anna has conducted over 800 national and international hands-on art workshops. She’s a registered art therapist and a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Anna holds a masters degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and a B.A. in both art and psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Author of two award winning books, Smart Art and Smart Art 2, Anna Reyner has nearly 40 years of experience delivering art programs and trainings to parents and educators all over California. She remains passionate about spreading the benefits of art and creativity in emotional intelligence, mental health and overall wellness.
“WOW! My favorite workshop in ages!”
Pauline McCall, Director of The Learning Experience
“Great workshops, they really inspire you!”
Marilyn Frapwell, Manager Long Beach USD Kids Club
Corinna Castillo, Site Director YMCA of Santa Maria Valley
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Anna is a certified trainer for the of the National Alliance of Mental Illness and a trauma informed trainer for the Venice based women’s shelter alliance, A Window Between Worlds. She has volunteered extensively at VA Hospitals and developed art therapy programs for combat veterans with PTSD.
She developed a special education arts program at the national school for special education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America, an experience that allowed her to become fully bilingual in English and Spanish. With nearly 40 years experience delivering art programs and trainings, she remains passionate about the role of art and creativity in emotional intelligence, mental health and human wellness.
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Our work speaks for itself but it always feels good to be recognized. Here are just a few of the awards that Anna has received in her career…
Both of Anna’s books, Smart Art and Smart Art 2, won the prestigious Director’s Choice Award for “Best New Product” at the National Association for Early Childhood Educators conferences, in 2005 and 2006. Together they provide 72 “smart” Art Lessons, each classified by it’s potential for cognitive, social-emotional and motor skill development.
Zimmer Children’s Museum presented Anna with this prestigious museum education award in 2001, for creating and implementing a creative family arts program at their children’s museum in Los Angeles.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Chi Kappa Rho, a national organization for professional women in community service, awarded Anna the Lifetime Achievement Award for public service as a Creative Arts Trainer for Parks & Recreation Departments throughout LA County.