melissa raman molitor
Melissa Raman Molitor, ATR-BC, LCPC is an artist and art therapist living and working in the Chicago-Evanston area. She is an Adjunct
Associate Professor in the graduate art therapy department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and serves as a consultant for school-based social-emotional arts programming and grassroots community arts initiatives.
From 2000-2007, Melissa served as the founding director of Connection Arts Chicago, a non-profit organization designed to offer free therapeutic and community-based arts programming for recent immigrant and refugee children and families in Chicago's West Town, Edgewater, Rogers Park and Ravenswood neighborhoods. From 2007-2018 she served as the co-founding director of school and community programs at Art & Soul, a therapeutic practice specializing in social-emotional health and wellness in young people.
Melissa’s work centers on the arts as a way to increase voice and visibility for marginalized groups, and to foster connections between people and communities. Focusing on community action and social justice projects, she has been involved with ArtWorks and the Wandering Uterus Project, and has most recently launched Empathy Through Art, a school-based SEL program that utilizes the arts to encourage empathy development in PreK-5 children.
Melissa's academic research focuses on the use of personal narrative and community ritual to create shared experiences that promote individual healing, construct collective knowledge, and encourage social change. In her art practice, she employs ritual and sensory memory to explore intercultural and intergenerational themes. Her work centers on creating meaning in both personal and collective identity through photography, assemblage, and mixed media narratives.