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 brings this change directly to you, in your own life, in whatever way you may need it.
We’re excited to share art as a catalyst for change on multiple levels, from the personal to the global. By taking the time to create your own Touchstones, and leading others in creating theirs, you can build resilience in the face of challenges.
We welcome you and your community to carry these small pieces of art with you in whatever way will support you best — as talismans, talking pieces, etc. 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.
You can also share your photos and stories on our interactive gallery to join a greater circle of support.
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 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 remain connected in their journeys.
Download Supply Resources (included in toolkit) to share with others. Links to Touchstone supplies are also below.
Share Your Stories with AWBW
We encourage you to share with us when you create Touchstones, so that we may share your stories with others. This writeable PDF reporting form is an easy way to give us all the relevant information. You can also start a conversation directly with lead artist Cathy Salser by emailing email@example.com