Our Team

The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness is a labor of love, requiring many hands to make the miracle of our work. 

Each year we have visiting artists who offer a course or show their work in our gallery.  We have a growing faculty of Transformative Arts instructors, students from the world, and lovers of art who come to partake and appreciate…. And we have YOU- interested, curious, stumbling across our words or images – and something in your soul responds.  Follow that little spark!


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Creative Director, Dana Lynne Andersen

Dana Lynne Andersen has taught and exhibited on three continents. Her paintings have been featured on the covers of books,  magazines and calendars and her artwork, as well as her visionary thinking, have been featured in newspapers, radio and television.
Dana is known as a loving and inspiring teacher,  a ‘vesuvius of creativity’ and as “an important visionary for the consciousness community” (Robert Mc Dermott president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies)  Dana received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College, and her Master’s Degree in the Study of Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University.  See her work at DanaLynneAndersen.com

In 1986 she founded her first “Transformative Arts Studio” (HeartCore Studio 1986-1989 Berkeley, California) – a nexus for the pioneering integration of Art and Spirituality. In subsequent studios (Tree of Life Studio Denver, Colorado 1989- 1996), and at Ananda Village (1996- to present) she created studio laboraties for the evolution of consciousness through whole brain/whole Being creative process. In 2002 she founded  “Awakening Arts”, an international network of artists committed to the creation of art that is uplifting and transformative. In 2009 she began teaching in Italy and India, establishing The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness and developing a certification program in Transformative Arts approach.  The Academy has two centers; near Assisi, Italy and Portland, Oregon.

Communications Director, Panna Maestrini

Panna  (Anna Paola) did not felt comfortable with the alphabet and figures when she was a child, so she naturally chose drawing, colors, shapes, glue and scissors as her best friends to communicate with other people and herself. A degree in foreign languages obtained at Brussels University, in Belgium, gave Panna the opportunity to realize her true dream, a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Academy in Perugia, Italy. Then life led her to become a Qigong teacher for more than two decades. Qigong is a wonderful Eastern discipline that introduced her to the subtler dimensions of energy and authentic Spirit. Panna’s inner journey deepened thanks to the wise and loving help of spiritual teachers such as Marina Borruso and Adyashanti (Panna translated some of their books for the Italian and French readers), Eckhart Tolle and Pamela Wilson.

More recently, Panna got back to origins after she met Dana Lynne Andersen and her amazing Transformative Arts Certificate Program, which allowed her to unite her love for Beauty and Art and her inner journey. Nothing gives Panna more joy than seeing in people of all ages the reigniting of the Soul’s spark and the beginning of an authentic inner journey, by means of the creative process illumined by Presence and Awareness. Nothing is more beautiful than watching someone coming back to the fullness of Being!

Shantidev headshot Co-founder, Shantidev Oliver Graf

Since his early teens, Shantidev Oliver Graf has dedicated his life to his spiritual quest. Looking for an alternative-living model to suit his high ideals, he found the spiritual community of Ananda Assisi as the perfect laboratory for blending high-thinking, simple life, and practical idealism. In his 22 years of experience in this community, he has served in many areas. Seeing the need for new economic models, he co-created the Yoga and Natural-Living commercial product line, “Inner Life”, for which he served for many years as director and administrator. As Art is one of his foremost passions, he co-founded the Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness, understanding the great need society has for expressing new, transformative ways of expressing creativity.  He is now focusing on ‘Meditation Art‘, his line of illuminated yantras and sacred geometry lamps.