Jamie Silvestri

Founder/Art Therapist & Executive Director

Jamie Silvestri is the founder of ArtVan and has directed the organization since its inception in 2004. She holds a Master’s of Expressive Therapy, a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and is a certified Art Therapist.

Jamie has over 20 years of both community and psychiatric care experience working with inner city youth, people with AIDS, women and men in corrections, and children and adolescents with mental illness.


Bailey Knox

Expressive Arts Therapist

Bailey Knox earned her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has experience working with children, families, groups, and adults as both a clinician and an arts educator in a variety of programs in southern and central Maine.

Bailey feels strongly that the arts, through their inherent ability to strengthen self-awareness, communication and creative problem-solving skills, offer an essential tool for building and maintaining healthy relationships with self, others and the environment.


Jalin Coleman

Contract Teaching Artist

Jalin Coleman is a Contract Artist with ArtVan roots. She got involved shortly after moving to Bath in the seventh grade. At the time, her mental health was worse and being offered a safe space through ArtVan’s after-school program helped make the transition easier. Art brings her joy even back then.

Jalin is the artist behind our promotional materials, hand-painted cards, poetry journals, and whose paintings are featured on ArtVan’s fundraiser of Wilbur’s chocolate bars. Whether it’s brainstorming next week’s project or putting together appeal packets, she’s always happy to help keep ArtVan rolling.


Shannon Els

Development & Communications

Shannon Briggs-Els comes to Maine with years working for nonprofits in experiential and collegiate education environments. She believes in the power art has to heal, through storytelling and harnessing our creative and critical thinking. She is excited to tell ArtVan’s story using interactive media + print channels.

With a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University, she is a connector and an environmentally-conscious crafter who loves how ArtVan projects are often earth-themed and affordable. She is also pursuing a degree Adult Learning from USM and hopes to inspire others who may not see themselves as artists to explore their inner creative.

Board of Directors

  • Blair Atherton
  • Rebecca Quigg
  • Sharon Drake
  • Patty Cousins
  • Miriam Fraga
  • Jen Harkins
  • Cathy Connolly
  • Matt Walsh

Advisory Board

  • Patty Kimball
  • Keith Spiro
  • Kelly Hrenko
  • Andrew Lardie
  • Paul Cooleen
  • Miranda Gowell
  • Peggy Kapisovsky
ArtVan Youth Artist, Celia (center) with Jalin and Bailey

Expressive Arts Therapist
Paid, part-time

To Apply:
Email resume, letter, and references to Executive Director/Art Therapist/Founder Jamie Silvestri
jamie [ at ] artvanprogram.org


Part-time | $18-$22/hr BOE | Qualifies for Health Insurance
Ideal start date – mid-June

The Expressive Arts Therapist will work alongside the Executive Director in designing, co-facilitating, and supporting all direct service programming, as well as networking with new partners to deepen the organization’s Art Therapy work. In this position, the Expressive Therapist will perform programmatic duties (80%) and other; operations (20%). Program hours vary during the week; since most programs take place in the after- school time-frame.

  • Work with the Executive Director to plan program sessions for a diverse range of participant needs.
  • Conduct co-facilitation model in a non-clinical group Art Therapy program setting in under-resourced neighborhoods with diverse populations with focused on issues including; abandonment, abuse, trauma, social skills, isolation, neglect, poor boundaries, undiagnosed and diagnosed mental health concerns and disabilities.
  • Build relationships with program participants, helping them to set personal goals and express themselves through art-making.
  • Network with local non-profits, schools and businesses to support new fee for service programming.
  • Maintain photographic and written documentation of program highlights; provide a brief written monthly summary of program.
  • Organize ArtVan storage area with other staff members on an ongoing basis.
  • Curate ArtVan exhibition events in local community; liaise with community partners for exhibit venues for Youth art and or public mural spaces.
  • Attend trainings and workshops supportive of ArtVan programming and
    professional development; obtaining and/or maintaining professional
    registration in arts-based therapeutic modality via appropriate
    credentialing association (i.e. IEATA, AATA).

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Support grant-writing process through writing narratives on program experiences working with participants.
  • Regularly communicate with other ArtVan personnel including board members; work in a team environment.
  • Provide updates on administrative and program responsibilities to the Board as requested.


We are always excited to work with talented, creative individuals with an interest in art therapy and youth development

– Work with a team of Registered Art Therapists, experienced volunteers, social service professionals, and community leaders.

– Engage with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide age range of youth (ages 4-17).

– Explore a variety of art techniques and the use of the arts as a therapeutic modality in the healing and discovery process.

– Assist Executive Director and Communications Director in the planning, implementation & follow up of ArtVan sessions.

– Take a lead in designing a project.

– Assist in the curation of an ArtVan Youth exhibit.

– Maintain communication with Executive Director and Operations Manager.

– Document testimonials and stories visually and with written word for fundraising and communication efforts.