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Cultural Convo: Creative Healing, Living with Chronic Pain

Cultural Convo: Creative Healing, Living with Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. A persistent, long-term, and life-alterning pain that may lead to dispair in finding relief, treatment, or at the very least management.

Join us for a conversation on Chronic Pain with daughter-father team, Georgia Weston and Jimmy Huston, as they provide insight into a family living with chronic pain through Georgia's adolescence and adulthood.

Georgia Weston is the author of two books, Vienna’s Waiting and PAIN: An Owner’s Manual, where she provides insight into the mysterious world of chronic pain through her own story and the stories of others. 

In 2011, she founded the Teen Pain Help Foundation (, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation created to help children and adolescents with chronic pain. Since founding the Teen Pain Help Foundation, Georgia has served as the Executive Director, raising funds for treatment, research, education, and increased public awareness of pediatric chronic pain. She also co-founded and was the Director of Programming for Art Rx, strengthening the partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Keck School of Medicine, specifically to better understand how art impacts pain. Georgia has experience creating and leading programs for organizations that provide therapeutic services for struggling individuals and families. She also has clinical social work experience, both as an out-patient therapist and residential therapist, for youth dealing with complex cognitive, behavioral, and social needs.

Currently, Georgia is serving as the Executive Director for Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP), a nonprofit that promotes education and social support through creative healing experiences for adolescents with chronic pain and their parents. She is also working on the pediatric pain research team at the University of California, Los Angeles to develop and investigate new methods for alleviating chronic pain in youth. Georgia has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, with a minor in art, from St. Edward’s University. 

She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families, as well as a focus in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Georgia is dedicated to empowering youth with chronic pain and their families through creative healing techniques and social support.

Jimmy Huston, a Hollywood screenwriter and director, has gone legit. After working for most of the major studios and writing such films as “Running Scared” for MGM (and directing “My Best Friend Is a Vampire,” “The Wharf Rat,” and “Final Exam”), he's turned to writing books for children.

Raised in Athens, Georgia, he graduated from the University of Georgia as an art major before turning to the movie business. He has made films in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Canada.

Jimmy has many long-time ties to various people and places in Texas. He has periodically taught filmmaking and screenwriting at the University of Texas at Arlington and spoken at other colleges such as Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

He traveled to Houston to direct My Best Friend Is a Vampire, using a Texas crew and student interns.

One daughter attended St. Edwards University in Austin and the other daughter is moving to Austin this month after she graduates college.

His entire family (all published authors) spends lots of time in the Big Bend of Texas, where he does extensive photography. He created the Shoot Big Bend website for the Big Bend Film Commission in Alpine (, as well as other tourism based websites.

He has exhibited in book festivals in Austin and Fort Worth, and – raced his Lotus Elan in the Dallas Grand Prix.

Jimmy Huston is the now author of eight children's books, plus one for the older folks ( Most of his books are silly and the most popular is the silliest – The I Hate to Read Book– which is also the simplest but hit the mark with reluctant readers (and their teachers).

Living with a dyslexic wife and two dyslexic daughters, he couldn't resist writing The Dyslexic Handbook: Genius Edition,which has been widely lauded by struggling parents. Another popular one that most parents are eventually won over by is Cussing for Kids: Etiquette for the Profane. It's not what you think.

The least silly of his books is titled Is This Your First Funeral?It was created to help young children who are trying to understand the rituals and behaviors surrounding a funeral.

His favorite book is still his first, Nate-Nate the Christmas Snake,because he loves the wonderful illustrations by his friend Leslie Hodges.

His brand-new release is called Don't Go to College, Go to Europe for Less.It's a semi-serious treatise offering an alternative to an ordinary college education. The book makes an amusing argument that college is more expensive than travel to Europe and suggests that an extended stay abroad could be more enlightening than traditional higher education.Parents will probably hide it from their college-bound kids.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00 PM thru 03:00 PM

SV Cultural Hub

4002 E. Hwy 290 @ Sunset Canyon Drive

DSTX 78620 

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