Dianan Zamrazil Van Bruggen, MA-AT LPC, “Miss Diana” as she is affectionately called by our Art Therapy Program Students, is a licensed art therapy counselor, art educator and fused glass artist. She is a full-time Art Therapy Counselor at Genesis Bethesda Healthcare and owns a handmade dichroic fused glass jewelry and gifts business. Diana has worked with Kya’s Krusade since January 2008, the inception of our Art Therapy Program, and has also guided our children’s art activities tent at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, annually since 2009. Her vast art therapy experience involves working with children and adults of all ages and varying abilities, including physical disabilities, behavior health patients, family members affected by cancer and art enthusiasts.
“Miss Diana” conveys a consistent level of dedication and enthusiasm whether she is working one on one, in small groups, or in larger festival settings. Diana’s ability to proactively connect with us, students, parents and volunteers has been integral to the development of our program. Diana designed the Art Therapy course format so that every class begins and ends with group discussions, in which the children share things about themselves, how they are feeling, how the class’ theme relates to them and the art they’ve created. She integrates feedback from our student and parent surveys and conversations, comments and observations from her interactions with parents, students and volunteers into her lesson plans. She also serves as a mentor to some of our Art Therapy Program volunteers.
Diana Zamrazil Van Bruggen is an inspiration to Kya’s Krusade, our volunteers, the parents of the children we serve and a hero to the children with physical disabilities who are brought together with the freedom to develop and express themselves in a supportive environment at her innovative Art Therapy classes.
Kya’s Krusade is a comprehensive resource center, serving children and families affected by physical disabilities, specializing in Arthrogryposis and other less publicized physical disabilities. We offer education and assistance for children from diagnosis through 18 years of age. We strive to form a diverse community network and provide opportunities to enable equal access to all available informational, emotional, medical and financial sources of support