Eli Nancy Weintraub holds an MS in Health Education Health Promotion. She worked for UNM’s Employee Health Promotion Program and successfully initiated the first Art for Health class for staff, an open art studio designed to reduce stress. At the same time she worked as an artist in the Arts in Medicine Program at UNM’s trauma hospital with nurses, therapists, and doctors to help support caretakers with the arts, music and massage. After 2 years Eli became a manager in this program and helped the program grow in popularity.
Eli is committed to sowing the seeds to inspire arts involvement of all styles as a therapeutic practice in our daily lives. It was a lifetime goal to write her memoir, Frida and Me, to encourage the use of art for healing trauma.
In 1976 Nancy Weintraub was a rebellious teen who set out for Mexico, against her parents wishes, to study art and language. It was the adventure of a lifetime--until the bus crashed. Family, friends, doctors, and complete strangers battled to save her life. She appeared to be a miracle, but untreated PTSD nearly killed her. This is her true story.