MB Alum Jeff Sparr Featured In Creativity And Mental Health Documentary
The inspiring short documentary PeaceLove’ Healing Workshop highlights Jeff Sparr’s ’81 P’19 personal story, and explores the power creativity has to improve people’s lives by supporting emotional wellbeing through expression. Jeff is the co-founder of PeaceLove studios based in Pawtucket where much of the piece was filmed, as well as other Providence locations including Moses Brown’s tennis courts. (Jeff is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted in 2019. Jeff was a top-ranked singles player at MB and in Rhode Island and New England and was captain and MVP of the MB Tennis team. He represented the USA at the Pan-American Maccabiah Games in 1979. Following MB, Jeff was a four-year varsity player at The Ohio State University.)
“Painting for me provides that sense of control that my mental illness robs me of,” says Jeff in the documentary. “We started [PeaceLove] with two things in mind: to try to change the conversation around mental health and bring creativity to people because it can be life changing.”
“Creativity is something that can help everybody and mental health is something that impacts everybody,” Jeff adds. “What if the answer to mental health issues in this world is to prescribe more creativity?”
Jeff is joined in his work to address mental health through creativity by Larry Goldstein ’84, chair of the PeaceLove Foundation board, his wife Jennifer, and daughter Charlee ’19.
Watch the film below: PeaceLove’s Healing Workshop produced by FreeThink Media and their partner Stand Together.