Raw Art Works (RAW) has selected Lisa Furman as Program Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her full-time tenure in July 2019.
With nearly 30 years of experience as an art therapy clinician and educator, Ms. Furman most recently served as Director of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Albertus Magnus College in Newhaven, Connecticut. As Program Director, she was responsible for curriculum development, program accreditation maintenance, recruitment and admission, student advisement, and special program events. Since 2009, Ms. Furman also held the role of Associate Professor and Community Outreach Coordinator for the college’s Graduate Art Therapy Program. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty at New York University, School of Visual Arts, and College of New Rochelle, Ms. Furman has worked at several hospitals and medical centers, including Danbury Hospital Center for Children and Adolescent Treatment Services, New York Foundling Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. She has also held art therapy roles at various organizations throughout New York and Connecticut, including the Art Therapy Outreach Center, The Animation Project, A Caring Hand – The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Program, Ann’s Place/The Home of I Can, and New York Institute for Special Education.
A Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, Ms. Furman has presented at numerous conferences and has several publications on the topic of art therapy. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a master of arts degree in art therapy from New York University. Ms. Furman is currently pursuing her doctor of philosophy degree in counseling and psychology from Lesley University.
In making the announcement, RAW Executive Director Kit Jenkins said, “RAW is excited to welcome Lisa to our team! Her longtime experience in the field—guiding practitioners, knowing the lay of the land within nonprofit organizations, and working with youth—are all steeped in a deep respect for artists and art therapy. Her own arts practice, including printmaking, painting, and animation, will all find ready partnership with the staff and youth of RAW.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the RAW team,” said Ms. Furman. “This organization has been on my radar since 1995 and, in my previous work with art therapy nonprofits, I often referred to RAW as a model of success. I cannot think of a greater honor than to be asked to join this organization.”
“ACG congratulates Raw Art Works on placing Lisa Furman as its new Program Director,” said ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau. “Her extensive education in art therapy and vast experience working with youth and families will be invaluable to the organization. We are confident that Ms. Furman will help advance RAW’s mission to ignite the desire to create and confidence to succeed in underserved youth.”