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The Arts & Healing Podcast, a project of the Arts & Healing Network, includes over 35 interviews with artists and innovators who are using creativity for healing, transformation and social change. Although the Arts & Healing Network closed in 2015, the podcast remains online as a source of inspiration about the transformational power of creativity.

Jan 18, 2012

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change.  If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon

Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam.  He is the founder of three initiatives.  The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.  Their philosophy is, "Inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change."  The second project he founded and directs is A Word of Art, which includes an art space, art projects, and an international art residency program dedicated to celebrating new art and emerging young artists. The third is the Woodstock Industrial Center, a derelict industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, where together with a willing landlord he has now brought in over 75 creative tenants. The building now has a coffee shop, skate park and bookshop, and hosts talks, exhibitions, movie nights, dinners and drawing evenings.

Ricky Lee is one of three recipients of the 2011 AHN Awards.  The Arts and Healing Network is so impressed by his incredible creative vision and use of art to revitalize and transform his neighborhood of Woodstock.

To learn more about Ricky Lee's work, please visit his websites at and You can also read an interview by Arts and Healing Network Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, with Ricky Lee on the Arts and Healing Network.