Since 1991 AWBW’s work has been centered in the field of domestic violence, providing art interventions for women and their children. Our shelter partners have recognized how effective our workshops are in healing trauma and building resilience, and strong results have created an even higher demand for our workshops in shelters and beyond. Today we are being asked to provide our healing art curriculum with new partners, including those working with male survivors, veterans and their families, sexual assault survivors and perpetrators of violence.In honor of the organization’s growth and this next phase of community impact and empowerment, we are excited to unveil our new mission: A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to using art to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.
Guided by the new mission we will sustain and deepen our existing core programs, which make art available as a powerful resource for trauma survivors who are currently displaced after leaving abusive relationships, while expanding on the capacity to assist these new populations.
Our recent partnership with Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV exemplifies how our art programs play an extremely important role in creating safety, opening communication and fostering healing and change. Chief Executive Office of Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV Donna Deutchman shares, “When I started working for Habitat for Humanity I was looking for the most effective therapeutic model for veterans, one that was self directed and peer led. When I found AWBW I knew I didn’t have to look any further. It is this model that creates safety, meets our veterans where they are at, and allows them to be vulnerable and open up about things they wouldn’t ordinarily share.”
Currently AWBW’s curriculum consists of over 520 healing art workshops, through which shelter staff leaders are able to view tips, highlights, quotes and variations collected from the community of over 1,000 program leaders throughout our 22 year history. In 2013, we were able to provide 13,511 art workshops to over 19,100 women, men and children at 296 sites in 28 states.
A most heartfelt thank you goes to our family of dedicated supporters, advocates, volunteers, staff and board. The support of each of you makes this growth possible!