Our Story

“It’s not the time we spend but how we spend the time that truly tells our story.”

-Tonya Hurley


Art Impact Project is a non-profit organization founded by Vickie Marasco of Lake Forest, IL. The original function was to design and deliver art programming to help adolescents struggling with emotional wellness issues and substance abuse recovery. The idea came from Vickie’s personal experience with her teenage son and other teens in recovery who found it difficult to express the deep emotions behind their struggles.

Since its inception in 2014, Art Impact Project continues to provide the orginal project objectives, but has expanded its mission and reach to include participants of all ages (with a heavy concentration on adolescents) and mental and behavioral wellness concerns of all levels.

We are able to serve many in need of healthier coping skills, emotional awareness, and expression through our partnership with schools, after school programs, mental and behavioral health facilities, recovery sites and an inmate program at the Lake County Jail.

Volunteer Art Advocates facilitate our specially designed art programs in group settings at our partner sites.

With every new participant, partner and volunteer, we are adding new chapters to our story, as we continuously expand our vision and further our mission of enhancing emotional wellness through creative expression.