School of Arts and Communication

Visibility and Empathy

Middle East and Asia from space

Monday, April 6, at 6pm Studio Theater, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Free

This panel explores the nature of conflict, communication and the arts. When individuals, groups, and communities clash, there is a sense that one’s perspective is not being heard and seen. The work of conflict practitioners is to create and facilitate processes that allow each group to see the other. The process of making others visible and of helping participants take perspective can involve an array of expression – storytelling, playwriting and production, artistic exploration, bodywork and more. This panel will bring together conflict, community and peace practitioners who use a variety of expressive forms to connect participants working to manage conflict, build community and even create peace.


Kim Ebert-Colella

Kim Ebert-Colella has a deep passion for helping others to birth their spirit and to live life fully.  In 1990, she opened Body Sacred Therapies.  Through individual coaching, massage therapy, photography, writing and peace education, Kim helps others to recognize and celebrate the sacred in themselves, their relationships and their world.  Kim is the recipient of the 2013 Hill-Murray Distinguished Alumni award, the 2010 Laureate of the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize and the College of St. Benedict’s Decade Award.

Marc Steiner, M.A.

Marc has a Communication degree from the University of New Mexico where he taught courses in Basic Mediation. He also has taught mediation at PLU through Arts & Communication Department. He has been a Mediator, trainer, instructor, and facilitator for 25 years. His mediation and consulting experience includes workplace, family, and youth-focused program development, inter-personal and organizational conflict, and facilitating community public dialogues. His past work with youth includes running one of the largest parent-teen mediation programs in the country, and the training and development of youth mediation programs in prisons, detention centers, and schools in over 45 states throughout the U.S. He recently left his position as the training director at the Center for Dispute Resolution in Tacoma and continues his work in private practice. Marc also has studied and played music since childhood and continues to compose and play original songs. He currently lives in Seattle.

Corinne Taylor

Corinne instructs various programs within COURAGE360 to include on site (Reach+) and off site (Muckleshoot Tribal College, Clover Park Technical College, SPIPA (South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency), Goodwill Industries, and Tacoma Community House).   Among her many certifications, Corinne is certified to facilitate Keirsey Bates and Dependable Strengths Articulation Process.   She brings 17 years of experience and proven success to COURAGE360 in the areas of curriculum & program development, recruitment, direct instruction, employment services, case management, and building community relationships.