Lisa Durst

Her family moved to Franklin when she was 3 years old and she remained in Franklin until she graduated from Franklin Community High School in 1991. Lisa graduated from Ball State University in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Arts Management with a minor in Marketing & Advertising. In June of 1996 she was passenger in a head on car collision in Wabash, Indiana that resulted in a fatality in the other car. Lisa suffered many physical injuries such as a concussion, bruised heart, cracked ribs, compound fracture to her leg and many other physical lacerations along with invisible injuries such as anxiety & Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. After the car accident, she moved to Broadripple where she worked various jobs in the Graphic Arts Industry primarily as a Production Manager for 2 different Advertising & Public Relations Agencies in Indianapolis & Carmel. She filled her free time taking art classes in the evening as a stress reducer and volunteering at Riley Children’s Hospital with VSA, formerly Very Special Arts, where she worked on art projects with patients. She was moved by the healing affects that art had on her and the children at Riley. She then enrolled in Herron School of Art and then the University of Indianapolis where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Visual Arts Education. In 2002 when her only child was 8 months old, she & her husband Jeff moved back to Franklin. In 2002 she was offered a job to teach art at Isom Elementary in the Greenwood Community School Corporation where she remained for 2-1/2 years until Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School offered her a job where she currently remains teaching. In 2012 Lisa traveled to California to become the fi rst in Indiana to receive a license in the Art4Healing method as a facilitator to work with children, adults and veterans who suffer from stress, grief, illness or loss. She currently runs an after school art program for at-risk youth and has established a non-profi t corporation in Indiana and is a pending non-profi t 501C3 status from the government.