Who We Are

We know that art can heal and change lives — we see it happen every day.

Our Story

In 1988, Paula Conrad – educator, choreographer, and dancer – founded Express Yourself to bring creative arts programs to youth in residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Stan Strickland – educator and award-winning musician and performer – joined her as co-executive director in 1995.

Staff & Leadership

Over the past 25 years, we’ve developed a team of creative professionals who care deeply about our community. Our team is committed to being a positive, consistent presence in the lives of the youth we serve.

Support Staff / Collaborating Artists

These remarkable artists and musicians bring great talent and valuable professional experience to Express Yourself.

Directors & Advisors

Express Yourself is fortunate to have a passionate and committed network of advisors who care deeply about the growth of our organization.

Our Funders

Our work – and the change it ignites – is made possible thanks to the support of our funding partners. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the young people we serve.