about us

“We had a great time, thank you for your patience and guidance through the process, it was fun to see everyone really get into it!”
– D. Coyne, Owner, Intentional Environment

Our staff brings both depth and diversity in the areas of training, teaching, creative studies and art. We complement each other and together provide a supportive and productive group experience. Just as in our Art on Purpose events, our team emphasizes each individual’s unique skill set and that by collaboration and communication, we achieve the team dynamic:
Together Everyone Achieves More.


Marla Mullaney, the founder of Art on Purpose is an accomplished artist, and instructor, along with having a corporate communications background. Marla has degrees from Orange Coast College, Newport Beach, CA. and UCLA, in the fields of art and psychology. She is delighted to combine her love for people and interpersonal dynamics with her passion for art and creativity to produce long term benefits for her clients.


John Purdy brings more than 40 years experience in the areas of marketing and advertising in the Twin Cities. He began his career in marketing at Fortune 500 firms and later transitioned into the advertising agency and brand consulting business. John has taught at the University of Minnesota as an adjunct professor and as a clinical professor at the University of St. Thomas. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in marketing from University of Colorado in Boulder.


Erin Head brings a wealth of energy and experience in the areas of training and teaching. She is Professional Development Coordinator and Adult Educator with Minneapolis Public Schools. As a Masters level teacher she has a passion for helping others connect and excels at inspiring people to learn and to create. With more than 20 years of teaching and facilitating, Erin has developed a strong understanding of human dynamics in the workplace.

Our staff is a strong group of individuals, and together we bring real depth and diversity. We look forward to working with you to unite and energize your organization with innovative art experiences. Let us help to combine corporate with creative to carve out your company’s vision and values.