Inspiring the evolution from fear based existence, to thriving authenticity.
Our vision is a world where every individual has access to the transformative power of art and creative expression. We envision a society where emotional intelligence is valued and cultivated, and where every person has the tools to express themselves, connect with others, and thrive. Surrendered Artist is dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based programs to those who need them most, and to promoting the integration of art therapy as a regular practice as part of education and mental health. Through our work, we seek to empower individuals to reach their full potential, to build healthier communities, and to foster a more compassionate and empathetic world.
Transforming pain into art, empowering hearts.
We believe that authenticity is today’s currency and through the intentional use of art, we can create a more loving world. Surrendered Artist teaches individuals, especially children, to use art as a tool for coping with physical and emotional stress, breaking cycles of trauma and dysfunction. Our products and programs equip individuals with the skills needed for self-expression and healing through art to ensure that the next generation of leaders knows how to handle any difficulties that life may throw their way.
Most people are not equipped to deal with their physical and emotional stress, so Surrendered Artist’s goal is to teach how we all can utilize art as a tool for processing the highs and lows of the human experience - ensuring our pain is not repressed, and therefore breaking the cycle of generational trauma and dysfunction.
ART AS A TECHNOLOGY
Although we want to create a world where there is no more abuse or pain, a far more effective starting point is to give people the tool to deal with it if it does happen. This is how we can end this cycle of hurt people hurting people.
With a society built on a content economy designed for numbing out or providing distracted dopamine hits - it takes courage to feel in today’s day and age.
True sustained embodied change happens when you feel it. That's where it begins the program, in the limbic brain. That's why childhood traumas become patterns that we play out for the rest of our lives because of how deeply we felt it on an emotional level.
Surrendered Artist’s mission is to educate people as to the power of Art as a Technology for processing the emotional experience you are having - in real time.
Art has the ability to bypass the logical defense mechanism of the human mind, and has the ability to penetrate the feeling and emotional level, because it is perhaps the one thing on the planet that people give permission to let them feel.
In order to heal, we’ve got to feel.
When we equip people, especially children, on how to use art to deal with whatever experiences or emotions, or traumas that they are experiencing in their life, then we've given them a very powerful tool to handle anything that happens in life. The sooner we can teach children and teenagers how to use art as a healing technology to process what comes up, the higher liklinees they can quit perpetuating these wounded stories for years and decades. Surrendered Artist educates from both spaces, as the receiver of art and as the creators and makers of art.
MEET THE TEAM
Adam Roa is a conscious artist, filmmaker, poet, inspirational speaker, host of “The Deep Dive” podcast, and was listed by Goalcast as one of the “Top 33 Gamechangers to Watch.″ His viral poem, “You Are Who You’ve Been Looking For” has been viewed more than 200 million times, and he has spoken on stages at some of the largest forums from MindValley to The Human Rights Foundation. His potent spoken word poetry and deeply moving multimedia creations take the viewer on a transformational journey that leads to greater self-awareness and compassion for all life. As a multidisciplinary creative, Adam founded Surrendered Artist after going through his own journey from making art for consumption’s sake to creating art for conscious evolution. Adam has lived every part of the artist experience - from feeling like he had to sell out to be seen, to learning how to trust and amplify his own unique expression. Adam now guides and empowers other artists to create the same opportunity for themselves.
President & Founder
Amanda Manares is an investor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and Advisory Board member of multiple businesses and organizations in industry sectors serving over 10+ global marketplaces. As a mother herself, Amanda sees art as a catalyst for the emotional intelligence revolution leading to an advanced society that has gained the skills to shed its destructive, conflict-ridden tendencies and prosper in a mutually caring and ever more innovative, fairer, and healthy new world. She brings the vision of such a world to her role as the Executive Director of Surrendered Artist.
Board Member, Head of Partnerships
Vanya Lazarova is an executive coach, angel investor, and advisor to tech Founders, CEOs, and leaders in the startup ecosystem. She works with venture-backed companies at post-series A and beyond and partners with top VC firms, coaching partners and supporting their portfolio companies. In addition to her work with founders, she's involved with the largest entrepreneur communities - Hampton and On Deck and supports accelerators across the USA and Europe.
She received her coach training through the “Institute For Professional Excellence In Coaching” (IPEC), recognized as one of the world’s top training programs for professional coaches. She holds a corporate governance certificate from Columbia Business School executive education and a B.S. in Philosophy from Sofia University.
Her mission is to support CEOs to contribute to the world, creating value for the well-being of people, communities, and the planet, while growing their capacity to lead better. Seeing how emotional intelligence plays a critical role in life and business, she believes being equipped with the tools and knowledge to navigate our inner world is a must and should happen at an early age. Surrendered Artist's mission deeply inspires Vanya as children are the future leaders shaping our world.