Certified InterPlay Leader
Gwynneth VanLaven is an artist and educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To InterPlay she brings values of inclusivity and accessibility. Her experiences with illnesses and a disabling accident heighten her awareness and, without pressure to be gleeful, a playful approach to resilience of all kinds. Play is not an erasure but a dance deeply woven, she asserts. VanLaven's existent art practice responds to ills like ableism, mental health stigma, body disparagement, and othering. She sees in her art great alignment with her intentions leading InterPlay. She holds special care for body autonomy and body attentiveness, so safety in play can be both deliciously awkward and embodying. InterPlay will be a powerful tool toward Gwynneth’s passions for participants' growth and the artful forging of community- with humor, curiosity, and joy.