Art Beyond the Classroom (ABC) is a relational aesthetic-based intervention program based out of central Pennsylvania.

ABC began as an idea in a Messiah College Created and Called for Community Class (CCC), but the passion was laid on our hearts long before. As a freshman, Dani was talking to one of the art professors, Professor Dubin, about her personal goals to become an Art Therapist. Nonchalantly, Professor Dubin said “why don’t you start a program?” That offhand comment got Dani thinking, and she has shared many times before that Professor Dubin believed in her before she believed in herself.

Then the first week of CCC, Ally and Dani were paired together for a class icebreaker to find out similarities. Dani, then an Art Education major, said she liked art therapy, and Ally, Human Growth & Family Sciences major, said she liked art therapy as well. That day, they decided to start the program. That semester they reached out to a local organization to provide creative intervention services, and to Dani and Ally’s delight they accepted.

During Dani and Ally’s sophomore years of college they met Lindsey and Katy. Brought on Fall 2016 Lindsey, as an Art Business major, has been our “go-to” for all of our business questions about advancing and expanding ABC. Lindsey also runs her own photography business, which provides her with real-world application and advice for ABC. Katy and Dani met in an Educational Psychology class and offered to make a logo for a Dani’s small program. At the beginning of Fall 2017, as well, Katy was brought on as Graphics and Media Coordinator.

Today, we are accepting new volunteers on a rolling basis, have two active branches, and adding two new branches in the Fall. Our office is wherever there are four chairs, a table, and coffee. For more information about receiving our services please email Dani Kepner at director@artbeyondtheclassroom.com.