Marline Johnson

Writing Workshop Youth Program Coordinator

The Voices and Faces Project

An artist, art therapist, spoken-word poet, and activist, Marline Johnson grounds her work with youth participants in The Voices and Faces Project’s Stories We Tell Testimonial writing workshops  in the goal of making the invisible visible. In her art therapy Marline creates spaces that foster community dialogue on racial and gender inequality. Marline is an alumna of Connecticut College and earned a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She interned for several years with A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit devoted to using the performing arts to end violence against girls and women; and she now works as a Trainer at POSSE, the most renowned college access and youth leadership program in the country. As a 2017 Art Institute artist-in-residence in Homan Square, she guided citizens of North Lawndale in creating a communal mosaic mural exploring their experiences of race and class on Chicago’s West Side. Marline draws on insights from art therapy in the work she does with young people in our programs for at-risk youth.