Dafne Blanco

dafne_blancoDafne is a Mexican-Canadian visual artist who has had several independent solo exhibitions in Vancouver. She has been involved with many grassroots organizations and arts-based groups since she arrived in Vancouver from Mexico in 1996. Her community organizing involvements have included Zapatista solidarity, human rights, racism, globalization, and advocacy for the rights of agriculture migrants.

Dafne has worked for Theatre for Living since 2004. Theatre for Living is a Vancouver-based professional theatre company that uses theatre for social change, dialogue, and community healing and empowerment. Her current role is Office/Production Manager & Webmaster.

Dafne received her degree in Graphic Design from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, work with imagery, dreamwork, and visual arts to support individuals in reclaiming their innate capacity for creative expression, which becomes a tool for individual and collective healing and transformation. In this approach, people are viewed as the experts of their own lives and as competent to identify the solutions to the issues affecting them, by tapping into their inner resources, resilience and hope.

Dafne’s decades-long immersion in the arts has led her through her own experiences to believe in the power of creative expression as a vehicle for healing trauma and for supporting embodied self-awareness.