VIA Partners

Meet the Partners


Kirsten Carpentier Kirsten B. Carpentier, MSW is an artist, social worker, counselor, and group facilitator who uses art as a way to empower and transform lives all over the globe. She is the founder of Art Creates Hope, LLC.

Laurel Swetnam Laurel Swetnam worked in children’s mental health in Nevada for twenty-five years in many capacities, including intervention, program development, and administration, most recently designing and implementing services for Latino families in Clark County, NV. Since moving to Portland in 2009, Laurel has volunteered with several child-focused programs and enjoyed the opportunity to nurture a lifelong interest in the arts, especially creating with polymer clay and teaching others about it. Laurel’s Website

Maggie Maggio Trained as an architect and interior designer, Maggie Maggio discovered polymer clay in the early 1990’s and immediately recognized its potential for exploring color. Maggie is an internationally known polymer artist who teaches her Smashing Color workshops all over the world. Maggie’s Website