Linda Bounds is an artist, educator, and creative
intuitive. She is a native of San Diego, California and a member of
the baby boomer generation.
Nearly a decade ago, Linda noticed there were
individuals, who, because of age, and/or illness, found themselves
excluded from many of life’s activities. In response, she created
a “one of a kind” recipe for feeling better. Using art
as the main ingredient, she combines the healing power of a paintbrush
with a unique and positive teaching style that engages even the most
ardent non-believers. In 2000, Linda founded L.E.A.P.S. and BOUNDS
(Lovingly Energetic Artistic Programs for Seniors) a non-profit 50l
( c ) (3) organization as a way to assist those in need.
L.E.A.P.S. and BOUNDS began with a small pilot program of seven participants
in a local rehabilitation center. Facing a multitude of physical and
emotional challenges including neurological trauma, ALS, and Spina
Bifida, these individuals paved the way for many to come. Since then,
Linda has shared her program with more than 25 organizations in California
and across the nation. Regardless of their physical or emotional challenge,
Linda has a way to reach participants and lift them to new heights.
This is certainly evident in her work with Alzheimer’s, Dementia
and other brain disorders. She estimates that, since starting the
program in 2000, she has personally stood next to someone holding
a paintbrush in his or her hand, more than 50,000 times.
Intergenerational programs are also a passion of Linda’s. A
few years ago she brought together a group of 40 sixth-grade students
and 40 seniors to create M.A.G.I.C. (Making Art Grow in Communities).
As with the other programs Linda creates, M.A.G.I.C. has become a
model for other organizations.
With more than 30 years experience as a professional
artist, Linda is well versed in connecting and integrating her students
with the arts community. Her experiences and views on the healing
power of positive thought when combined with creativity have been
She will be a guest speaker at the 2008 national convention for The
American Society on Aging in Washington D.C. and is the author of
the soon-to-be published book “Aging and Healing with new stARTs”.