Join us October 2nd-4th for our only event of the year! This interactive virtual weekend of celebration and transformation is an opportunity for you to experience the core of AWBW’s work — our transformative art workshops — in the safety and comfort of your home.
With the guidance of seasoned Windows Facilitators, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore your creativity, enhance your well-being, and gain a deeper understanding of the impact your support has in the lives of trauma survivors across the country through joining us for three interactive AWBW art workshops.
Programming for this unique event also includes live music, the honoring of three women making a profound impact on those who’ve experienced trauma, and a special guest speaker during our closing night. Please see below for more details.
Event guests will be mailed a Window of Resilience Box ($125) full of the art supplies needed to participate, along with a care kit of supportive sensory elements to be used during creation time and beyond.
We also welcome you to add our special 32-page “A Book About Me” ($20) for children under 12, so that they too can have the opportunity to create art that shares their stories, during the event or at any time.
Can’t join us on these dates? With your order, you will also receive recorded videos of all three sessions, so that you may enjoy the special programming and take part in the guided workshops when it works best for you.
Know someone who may benefit from the transformative power of art during these difficult times? Consider gifting a ticket to someone else. Window of Resilience Boxes can be mailed to anywhere in the US.
Presented by Elisa Pearlman, proceeds from Home Is Where the Art Is will directly benefit thousands of trauma survivors across the country through the training and support of Windows Facilitators at partner organizations. If you or your corporation would like to join Elisa as a sponsor, please visit awbw.org/sponsor to view our various sponsorship opportunities and benefits.
Friday, October 2nd, 6-7:30pm PT
AWBW Workshop: A Moment in Time
What is a moment in your life when you were happy? During this workshop, you have the opportunity to create a photo frame decorated with elements that remind you of the joy you have experienced.
Honoree: Eunice Vargas for “Uplifting Voices”
Facilitating workshops since 2012, Eunice Vargas works with children in local schools, pregnant and parenting teens, and survivors of domestic violence, among others. She adeptly creates and holds spaces that allow her participants’ voices to be heard, honored, and acknowledged, often for the first time.
Hosted by Zachery Scott, AWBW Executive Director
Art Workshop Facilitation by Starla Porter
Prototypes; AWBW Board Member; Windows Facilitator since 2017
Live Music by Vee Sonnet
Blends a variety of eras and genres, including soul, jazz, rock, pop, andclassical to create improvisational themes on both keyboard and guitar.
Saturday, October 3rd, 11am-12:30pm PT
AWBW Workshop: Permission Canvas
Do you sometimes feel you’ve lost sight of something you want to be focusing on in life? During this workshop, you are invited to give yourself permission to do something new, or let go of something that may be getting in your way.
Honoree: babs Mayer for “Rooting Resilience”
Trained as a Windows Facilitator in 2013, babs Mayer has worked with both domestic violence and breast cancer survivors. Mindfully tending to the needs of her participants, she helps their roots grow, supporting them in connecting to their personal strength and inner wisdom as they work toward healing.
Hosted by AWBW Board of Directors
Stacia Kato (Chair); Nicole Kelsey; Sunny Cho; Starla Porter; Sherisa Dahlgren, LMFT
Art Workshop Facilitation by
Program Director, AWBW; Windows Facilitator since 2010
& Christy Turek Rials
Program Manager, AWBW; Windows Facilitator since 2005
Live Music by Albino Mbie
Incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places, creating a unique Marrabenta, nikatche, Afro-Pop, and Moz-Jazz sound.
Sunday, October 4th, 5-6:30pm PT
AWBW Workshop: Conversation Hearts
Do you know what it’s like to need an extra boost to get through your day? During this workshop, you can create special wooden heart magnets with inspiring messages — one for you and one for someone else.
Honoree: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris for “Transforming Trauma”
As California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is introducing and advancing reforms that address the impacts of childhood trauma on long-term physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Her work is crucial in both reducing the prevalence of trauma and transforming how it is recognized and treated.
Hosted by Cathy Salser, AWBW Founder & 30th Anniversary Organizer
Special Guest Speaker Dr. Brenda Ingram, EdD, LCSW
Director, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services in Student Health at USC
Art Workshop Facilitation by Gio Martinez
Human Services Association; Windows Facilitator since 2002
Live Sound Bath by Gabe Harris of The Living Room Collective
Creates immersive sound journeys incorporating crystals, tibetan bowls, gongs, flutes, and vocals that can induce feelings of deep relaxation, wellness, and oneness.
Recorded videos will be available post-event to all those who order Window of Resilience Boxes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or by calling 310-396-0317