For over two decades AWBW has shared art as a touchstone of change for those impacted by violence and trauma. Touchstones: A Creative Journey, led by artist and AWBW founder Cathy Salser, is a community art initiative in which we bring this change directly to you, in your own life, in whatever way you may need it.
By taking the time to create your own Touchstones, and leading others in creating theirs, you can build deep connections and resilience in the face of challenges.
We welcome you and your community to create and carry these small pieces of art with you in whatever way will support you best. The art process is not only the tangible stone itself, it is also the collective action of carrying our Touchstones into our lives, relationships, and communities to create change.
In 2017, we combined Touchstones with mural making for a new community art initiative, At the Core: Transforming Trauma Together. At the Core focuses on the collaborative possibilities of art and Touchstones are a key way to contribute to and carry this journey with us.
Download the Full PDF Toolkit, which includes all the resources you need to lead Touchstones creation with a group, including instructions and a variety of other resources.
Download a Table Sign (also included in toolkit), which can be used to let others know they are part of a greater project — a source of support for people all over the world.
Download Cards (4 to a page; included in toolkit) to share with your group so they can share their stories and access these resources to lead a Touchstone workshop with others.
Download Supply Resources (included in toolkit) to share with others. Links to Touchstone supplies are also below.