Art and Healing

Why is Healing Through The Arts necessary?
We don’t plan for cancer, sickness or injuries. Often these experiences catch us by surprise and can dramatically change our lives. When they do, we need to find a new way of living, sometimes temporarily. Some may feel that life is less than before.
Healing Through The Arts can show you that life can be more, or in someway, better than before. True healing is not waiting for time to heal. It is creating the opportunities where healing takes place, and the process of mending can make us stronger.
Through Art we gain a sense of life’s meaning. When we create art, we make something that did not exist before and can preserve it to enjoy. Our interaction with art provides a break from the pace of routine, where we can notice the unique. You do not need to be creative to participate, only a desire to learn and enjoy the adventure.
Creation and healing are the same energy. They transform pain, rather than being destroyed by it. Art heals by accepting the pain and doing something with it. (Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul By Shawn McNiff, 2004)

Art and Healing Organizations & Programs

The following regional, national and international non-profit art and healing organizations use art and art programs to help individuals, their communities, and society at large. They work tirelessly to advocate positive change in the world. Please note: Most of the descriptions of the organizations came from their mission statements on their websites.

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Addiction and Art at http://addictionandart.org/ shows the complexities of Addiction and Recovery through selected imagery on its site and also made available as downloads for use by schools, drug treatment centers, community organizations, addiction science professionals, medical professionals and the general public. Images are donated by artists to be shared for the good of mankind. Addiction and Art also presents exhibitions at professional substance abuse conferences and in local communities.

The American Art therapy Association at http://www.arttherapy.org/ is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.

American Healing Arts Foundation located in Arizona at
www.americanhealingartsfoundation.com promotes the use and application of art as therapy for the benefit of the Public. In particular it provides a health and spiritual benefit to U.S. Veterans and other first Responders who offer service to their country and community. It promotes research, educates the Public, and encourages the use of art as a creative and restorative tool for full re-entry into the community.

American Indian Art Therapy at http://americanindianarttherapy.com creates bridges between Native communities and the art therapy community to provide therapeutic arts-informed programming. “Our community-driven approach supports cultural relevant methods geared toward sustainability. Our aim is twofold: To promote the visual arts as a means of social change in Native communities as well as enhance competencies in social and cultural diversity.”

Art Beat at www.artbeatfoundation.org is a non-profit 501(c)(3) focused on supporting artists and community. Headquartered in downtown Oakland, CA. Activities include a gallery/music space, artistic events, arts education, and artist/event grants.

Art Connects New York http://www.artconnectsnewyork.org is a charitable organization that, with the help of its donors, connects artists and curators with social service agencies in New York City to create museum-quality permanent exhibitions of contemporary artwork.

Art Feeds at artfeeds.org believes all children are artists. We exist to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, we provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms.

The ART for Cancer Foundation at http://artforcancerfoundation.org is committed to improving the quality of life of people living with cancer by providing an outlet for creative expression through the arts.

Art For Change at www.artforchange.org is a 501(c)3 organization that encourages the advancement of progressive social change by using art as a catalyst for disseminating information to people. We provide space to discuss and explore that information, stimulating individual and collective reflection, which leads to action and change.

Art For the HeArt and Soul at www.artfortheheartandsoul.org/ is a nonprofit organization 501 (3)(c) that helps people heal through art. “One of our goals is to help people build self confidence and self worth. We feel strongly that this can be done through art therapy and by becoming part of a supportive community.”

Art For Healing Foundation at www.artforhealingfoundation.org/ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the healing power of art to hospitals and wellness facilities, transforming otherwise sterile public and patient areas into inspiring environments that encourage a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

Art in All of Us at artinallofus.org/about-us is a not-for-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium and New York City, New York. AiA promotes tolerance and cultural exchange throughout all the 192 UN member countries through art and creativity activities.

Art In Deed at www.art-in-deed.com is to provide experiences to increase well-being and foster creative self-expression. It offers holistic arts-based programs that: Explore and experience art-making; Nurture and discover creativity; and Heal and connect mind-body-spirit.

The Art of Autism at http://the-art-of-autism.com started by Debra Muzikar, an author, storyteller, and curator, is “about shifting perceptions and creating futures in the arts for those on the autism spectrum by creating collaborations and a support network for creatives on the spectrum.” There is an online gallery and blog on the website.

Art on Wheels at www.artonwheels-va.org brings comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts. Its intent is to make arts education accessible to all ages and abilities derived from co-founders Andrea and Kevin Orlosky’s personal, transformative and healing experiences in the arts.

Art Reach Foundation at artreachfoundation.org has been “to influence and assist, through creative expressive arts therapies, the growth and development of children who have experienced the traumatic effects of war, violence, and/or natural disaster.”

The Arts & Healing Network at www.artheals.org was founded by Marion Weber, artist and philanthropist, in 1997. This online resource celebrates the connection between art and healing, serving as an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, particularly artists, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness.

Art Start at www.art-start.org is to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of at-risk youth through creative arts workshops conducted daily inside homeless shelters and alternative to incarceration programs throughout New York City.

Art Saves Lives International at www.artsaveslivesinternational.com is a non-profit global arts organization dedicated to providing free inspirational and inclusive arts projects to marginalized artists.

The Oakwood Arts for the Spirit (AFTS) at www.oakwood.org/art “has provided an environment of healing and comfort to our patients, visitors and staff through the visual arts, in 12 public galleries located throughout our system. One of our highest priorities is to create a restorative atmosphere that renews the human spirit and extends the mission of Oakwood Healthcare: To provide excellence in care, healing and health to the individuals and communities we serve.”

The Art Station at www.theartstation.org is a Texas based organization whose mission is “to provide a safe and encouraging environment where art making can be used to promote personal growth, uplift our hearts and help heal our minds and bodies.”

The Art Therapy Alliance at www.arttherapyalliance.org embraces social media and connection on-line to promote art therapy, the work of art therapists, and build community. Organized by Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, the ATA website, LinkedIn groups, Facebook page, and more feature resources, groups, and more related to the field of art therapy worldwide.

Art Therapy site www.arttherapyblog.com/ provides information including “About Art Therapy”, “Benefits of Art Therapy”; “What is Art Therapy?”; “Who Uses Art Therapy?”; “Resources”; and how to “Help Promote Art Therapy.” Share your experience, art work, stories, words or poetry with its readers. Read more: www.arttherapyblog.com/help-promote-art-therapy/#ixzz2O7z5lTSQ

The Art Therapy Outreach Center (ATOC) at www.atocny.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free art therapy services to underserved populations in the New York City area who have experienced some form of trauma, including war veterans, at-risk youth, and victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. www.atwb.org is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide.

Art and Creativity for Healing at www.art4healing.org This organization serves this purpose, “To support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.”

The Art Connection at www.theartconnection.org enriches and empowers underserved communities by expanding access to original works of visual art. “We facilitate the choice of art, from artists and other donors, by those who may not have the opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of art in their lives.

The Art Room at www.theartroom.org.uk/ This is a charity that helps 5 – 16 year old children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. There are currently five Art Rooms in schools in Oxford and London, offering art as therapy to increase children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.

The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., at www.artistsfellowship.org, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, assists professional fine artists — painters, graphic artists, printmakers, and sculptors. It is run entirely by volunteers — that includes the Artists’ Fellowship’s Board of Trustees and Officers. Assistance is given to artists and their families without expectation of repayment.

Artists For Trauma (AFT) at www.artistsfortrauma.org is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines.

Arts & Healing in South Africa at www.artshealsa.com/ “believes in the inherent healing power of art. Our mission is to create culturally relevant art programs that promote healing and enhance the lives of individuals in under-served communities in South Africa.”

Arts At Hospice at artsathospice.com is a 501c3 non profit: “Creativity is an eternal element, born of the moment, but intangible and lasting, a fundamental life force. Exposing patients and families to the arts and encouraging creativity embraces the eternal at a point when life might otherwise seem frighteningly finite. Our mission is to inspire you to help patients to engage in artistic endeavors.”

Arts For The Aging at www.aftaarts.org This Washington, DC-based organization engages older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through the arts.

Arts for the Earth™ at www.earthday.org/campaign/arts-earth, is “an innovative education program developed to teach sustainability and environmental education through museum and arts community networks.”

Arts for Healing at www.artsforhealing.org/, “is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated music therapy and art therapy for individuals with emotional, physical, developmental, and social needs throughout their lives.”

Arts For Life at www.aflnc.orgThis 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children in four cities across North Carolina.

Art With Heart at artwithheart.org is a nonprofit based in Seattle, WA, dedicated to supporting the emotional well-being of children adversely affected by hardship, using creativity to lead to inspired possibilities.

Art Without Boundaries Association at www.artwithoutboundaries.org is a professional association with the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals with Autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders of the brain by promoting MnemeTherapy®. It trains artists to become certified as Mnemetecnic therapists.

ArtWorks Founded in 1996, at www.artworkscincinnati.org/ is an award-winning non-profit organization in Cincinnati, that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.

ArtWorks ~ The Naomi Cohain Foundation at www.artworksfoundation.org located in Englewood, NJ, provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.

Aurora Studio & Gallery at www.aurorastudio-gallery.com/, in Asheville, North Carolina, collaborates with local artists and healing arts instructors and offers classes for artists affected by mental health needs, homelessness and/or addiction.

The Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA) at acata.org.au/ maintains professional standards for the practice of creative arts therapies in Australia. ACATA provides professional representation, support and communication networks for its members. ACATA aims to forge links between the creative arts therapies and the broader community.

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Barefoot Artists at www.barefootartists.org “brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture.”

Barr Foundation at www.barrfoundation.org is a private foundation. “From our home in Boston, Massachusetts, we engage in three principal areas: Arts & Culture, Climate, and Education. We focus regionally, and selectively engage nationally. We are also concluding a Global program in 2015. Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and cultural potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.”

Bereavement Artists at bereavementartists.com was founded in 2011, by Colorado artists Teresa Dunwell, Gina Klawitter and Anita Larson, to fill a need for the bereaved community to have a comprehensive, easy-to find, resource of bereavement art services.

Build a Bridge at buildabridge.org “Engaging creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the contexts of crisis and poverty.”

Cavett Kids Foundation at www.cavettkids.org/ is located in Oklahoma City, OK. “Our mission is developing character, coping skills and connection for children battling life-threatening or chronic illnesses.”

The Center for Health Design CHD at https://www.healthdesign.org is comprised of pioneering healthcare and design professionals committed to advancing the idea that design could be used to improve patient outcomes in healthcare environments. Its mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education, and advocacy.

Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) at chap.name/ in Oregon, brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. Its healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen encourage and inspire.

Choki at www.choki.org based in Colorado,is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the culture and traditions of some of the most sacred places left in the world under the threat of “globalization” by supporting traditional arts and empowering communities.

The Crayon Initiative at www.thecrayoninitiative.org/ is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with the resources to express their creativity and individuality through the arts.

Creative Arts and Aging Network at artfulaging.blogspot.com this organization exists “to promote avenues and opportunities for all elders, artists and people in the aging network to explore the arts and humanities as a means of life enhancement.”

The Creative Center at University Settlement at www.thecreativecenter.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in New York, NY, dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. Founded in 1994 on the belief that “medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit.”

Creative Visions Foundation at creativevisions.org located in Malibu, CA connects creative activists to mentors, funding and distribution channels, strategic partnerships, and countless other tools and resources.

Discovery Arts at www.discoveryarts.org/ This non-profit organization brings the healing power of the arts to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are in the hospital receiving treatment. Its “Arts Adventures” activities bring smiles, laughter, comfort and hope to these often forgotten children.

EcoArt South Florida at http://ecoartsofla.org is to encourage ecological health and decrease negative human impact through the rapid expansion of EcoArt in each of South Florida’s five watersheds. EcoArt SoFla implements our goal to catalyze the development of South Florida as a major center for EcoArt practice through collaboration with communities in each watershed

Feed The Beauty atfeedthebeauty.com/ This positive and enriching website “Out of the creative mind of artist and author Sophie Lumen comes a been-there-all-along, humorous and inspirational place to be while you figure out the rest of your life. Honor what you already have. Look for more of what feeds that beauty.”

Foundation For Art and Healing at www.artandhealing.org is “to explore the fundamental connection between the art and healing process, while providing active, ongoing support to communities and individuals”, Dr. Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, founder and president.

Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals Founded by Elaine Poggi at healingphotoart.org has a unique mission of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitalsis to place large, framed photographs of nature and beautiful places from around the world in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers.

The Fountain Gallery at www.fountaingallerynyc.com is the premier venue in NYC representing artists with mental illness. The gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators, and cultural institutions.

Free Arts for Children at www.freearts.org was born out of the determination of two women Carolyn Sargent and Elda Unger who knew well the inherent therapeutic value of the arts. They conduct programs that inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness.

Free Arts NYC at www.freeartsnyc.org is a volunteer based non-profit organization established to bring the healing power of the arts to children and families who face poverty, homelessness, and other risk factors.

Gifts of Art at www.med.umich.edu/goa One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. “During times of stress and illness, the arts have the power to nurture and engage. Gifts of Art programs utilize the arts to assist and enhance the healing process, reduce stress, support human dignity and renew the spirit.”

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HEAL Helping Elevate thru Art & Love (HEAL) at www.healart.org/ is a non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting people and the organizations that support them. empowers people in need to engage in creative art sessions. These sessions are a positive and rewarding experience to the participant offering a respite from the realities of illness or other life challenging situations.

The Healing Arts Program at www.atlantichealth.org/healingarts provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing and visual arts to AHS patients, staff and the communities we serve. Healing Arts offers over 30 programs and events, including therapies in literary, visual and performing arts, reaching over 8,000 people annually across Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area.

Healing Arts Initiative – HAI hainyc.org at “The driving force behind HAand the passion that propels us forward today, is an unyielding commitment to making the arts accessible to all New Yorkers, especially individuals who are isolated and marginalized due to institutionalization, hospitalization, disability and illness, as well as at risk youth in low-income neighborhoods …”

Healing Art Works at www.healingartworks.org/ is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 is committed to enhancing the well-being of patients, their families, and medical staff by placing original, donated artwork in patient spaces at medical centers and outpatient facilities.

Healing Ceilings at www.healingceilings.com, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community based in North Carolina. Artists and supporters dedicated to transforming cancer treatment experiences for Adult Cancer Patients through appropriate, original, evidence-based ceiling art. “Providing visual vacations and colorful comfort to adult cancer patients during treatments. Created and donated by artists with loving intent in every brush stroke.”

HEART: Save The Children Save the Children at www.savethechildren.org is an education approach that brings the proven power of artistic expression – drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more – to children in need around the world. HEART helps children heal emotionally and learn critical skills.

Healing Farms Retreat and Integrated Recovery Services Inc. aka Healing Farms at healingfarms.org, is a non profit corporation founded by Andre L. Beaudoin in August of 2007 to provide the combined power of all healing practices and modalities to anyone who needs them.

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) at https://www.icaf.org/ was established “To inspire children to make the difference and change the world.” Its mission is “To employ the power of the arts to nurture every child’s creativity and develop empathy because creativity and empathy are key attributes of any successful learner or leader.” It serves as the national arts & creativity organization for American children and the international arts & creativity organization for the world’s children.

International League of Conservation Photographers at http://conservationphotographers.org, is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is “to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography… to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, fauna, flora, and/or cultural traditions are in peril from human activity.”

The Institute For Art and Healing at iah.commonweal.org, was created to build, strengthen, and sustain the intersecting fields of art and healing. We are committed to promoting access to healing resources, to the sharing of knowledge and experience, and to presenting art as a source of transformation that can touch into our birthright lineage of innate healing.

Journey on Canvas A Journaling Guide for Spiritual Autobiography at www.journeyoncanvas.com created by Alisa E. Clark, author of Dancing in the Doghouse. “It is my spiritual autobiography. It is about my desire to tell my story today as a source of hope to others.

Kids Kards at www.kidskards.com/ is a well established art based fundraising program. We specialize in reproducing children’s artwork onto high quality note cards for schools and non-profit organizations to sell as a way to raise funds.

The KIND Institute at kindinstitute.org is non-profit after school arts program for children as well as a gallery space with studios used by professional artists. Young children have access to education in visual arts, music, and language. Our goal is to mold students into inventive adults, with the skills to perform as leaders in their community.

The Laundromat Project at laundromatproject.org/ Based in Harlem, NY supports artists to create new, community-engaged work based in laundromats. “We amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.”

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Make And Believe at www.wemakeandbelieve.org invites children living with illness to use art and crafting to promote well-being and to provide an identity beyond their illness.

Mahalo Art Center at www.mahaloartcenter.com/ hosts innovative educational and therapeutic programs for people interested in living more conscious, fulfilling, creative and spiritually fulfilling lives connected with the great mystery of our natural world.

MASS Creative at www.mass-creative.org works with creative leaders, working artists, arts educators and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected, and creative communities.

Mill Street Loft at millstreetloft.org changes lives through the arts. Merging arts and social services, we reach out to a diverse community, bridging cultural and economic differences. Our extensive range of programs, including our Outreach Programs, the award-winning Dutchess Arts Camps and Art Institute, exhibitions, workshops, and performances, foster self-expression and rebuild a shared sense of community.”

MVP Foundation The Foundation for Military Veterans in Production (MVP Foundation) at www.mvp-foundation.org is a charitable corporation, based in Los Angeles, CA, founded by Iraq War veteran Brian J. Martin. “We sponsor writing competitions and creative projects to help tell the stories of American military veterans and give life to the dreams of our nation’s heroes.”

National Center For Creative Aging at www.creativeaging.org “is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.”

The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military at www.americansforthearts.org advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.

Ocean Artists Society at www.oceanartistssociety.org was founded by the well-known environmental artist Wyland. The organization “uses ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to preserve our natural world.”

Our Phoenix Rises at www.ourphoenixrises.org/, founded by Mrs. Phoebe Margrill-Nix, is a nonprofit organization providing grants for an education in the arts to low-income individuals struggling with mental illness, addiction or sexual violence so that they may experience personal growth and have the opportunity to share their voices for the betterment of their communities.

Paintings in Hospitals at www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk, uses visual art to create environments that improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users, carers and the public. The organization works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals at healingphotoart.org/ was established in the USA in 2002 by photographer Elaine Poggi, who turned her personal tragedy of the loss of her mother into a worldwide campaign to bring photos of nature to hospitals.

PotentiALZ at www.potentialz.org/ is a unique program designed specifically for those with memory impairment. We use Art, Music, Poetry & reminisce to engage their spirit. Founded by Mary Alice Landry, BFA, TRD. “I felt a call to create a program specifically to meet the needs of the memory impaired.”

ProjectArt at projectartonline.org/ is an award-winning organization developing a new model of arts education, that allows youth to actualize their artistic visions while building their self-esteem and advance as all-around achievers.

Rogue Foundation at roguefoundation.org/ has a mission to empower children in conflict zones around the world by giving them the tools and encouragement to create art and, by extension, to seek creative solutions to their challenges.

Rxhibition at www.rxhibition.org/ has a purpose “to ameliorate the healing process within chemotherapy treatment areas using art, music, and design.” Its objective is “to bring the immersive nature of the art exhibition into chemotherapy treatment areas, creating an out-of-hospital atmosphere where patients can heal in a beautiful and engaging space.”

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Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at www.smithcenter.org (formerly Smith Farm) is a Washington, DC-based health, education, and arts organization. We offer programs for the community and specialize in serving people with cancer and utilizing the arts in healing.

Splashes of Hope at splashesofhope.org is dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing. Our custom-designed murals and other artistic projects bring smiles to the faces of patients, staff and visitors of medical and social service facilities worldwide. This positive impact inspires others to join our mission.

Springboard for the Arts at www.springboardforthearts.org is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.

Streetlights Uganda at www.streetlightsug.org is “a community based organisation in Uganda that uses art to empower street children in Kampala through teaching them basic hands on skills like making crafts, capacity building, building self esteem, unearthing potential and building their confidence.This is through engaging them into different art projects and workshops to help boost their confidence and encourage them to improve their standards of living through earning a living through the works they do.”

Studio in a School at www.studioinaschool.org/ is “To foster the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. To collaborate with and develop the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools. It works exclusively with the visual arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpting, and photography. This commitment to programs solely in the visual arts has enabled the organization to develop a unique expertise in the field of arts education.”

The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative at timeinkids.org/ transforms the lives and educations of some of NYC’s youngest and most underserved public elementary school children through arts immersion that integrates opera, art, museum visits, gallery hops, language and literature into the normal school day.”

Toronto Art Therapy Institute at www.tati.on.ca/, established in 1968, was the first art therapy training program in Canada. We grant a Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy, DTATI, which allows our grads to work as Professional Art Therapists.”

To Write Love on Her Arms at twloha.com was founded by Jamie Tworkowski in March 2006. Part of TWLOHA’s mission is, “to make sure people are informed about mental health issues. Our hope is that sharing knowledge and truth about mental health will combat the stigma surrounding it.”

The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute at www.trauma-informedpractice.com/ is dedicated to teaching trauma-informed, expressive arts-based intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and principles of positive psychology.

UCLArts and Healing at www.uclartsandhealing.net facilitates the use of the arts for mind-body wellness and healing in the community, as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation.

USVAA, United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance at www.usvaa.org/ is dedicated to assisting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. They address such issues as the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans. It is based in Culver City, CA.

The Veterans Art Foundation (VAF) at veteransartfoundation.wordpress.com/ based in Connecticut started in 2009 by Michael Hawley, an Iraq War veteran is non profit organization. “Our mission is to provide programs and services that allow veterans to heal through the arts. Whether it is through film, music, writing, photography or painting, our goal is to assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life.”

Visiting Art Therapy Alice Landry at www.visitingarttherapy.com/ in New York City. Visiting Art Therapy allows participants to discover the healing power of creativity in their own home. Issues include Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement / Grief, Self-Esteem, Brain Injury, and Autism-spectrum disorders, and more.

Well Arts Institute at www.wellarts.org is a nonprofit, arts organization in Portland, OR, that explores the health of our community and its members through the reflective lens of the arts. Its mission is to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means of wellness.

A Window Between Worlds at www.awbw.org is a nonprofit organization located in Venice, CA, dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) at weadartists.org focuses on women’s unique perspectives and “Provide information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others.”

Youth Art For Healing at www.youthartforhealing.org, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring works of art created by youth into healthcare environments to provide a sense of comfort, inspiration and healing for patients and their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.

Zot Artz at www.zotartz.com, provides services, programs, art tools and supplies that allow individuals with different levels of abilities to creatively express themselves. Since 1990 Zot Artz has created hundreds of special art events around the world, and helped schools, museums, residential and day centers, independent living centers, and others put the art tools to work in their programs.

 

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