Initiative 2: Centering Social Justice

Since our beginning, AWBW has been committed to offering art as an equitable tool for supporting marginalized communities, working to break cycles of violence and trauma. Additionally, over the past few years, our curriculum has grown to include culturally responsive workshops, and our trainings continue to expand on racism, oppression, and marginalization as forms of individual and intergenerational trauma.

We acknowledge though that we can — and must — do more.

The voices of social justice already emanate from within every sector we serve. Working together, we can amplify their volume and reach — and bring them to communities across the country. The action items under this initiative will strengthen AWBW’s commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering our network of facilitators to build on meaningful dialogue towards systems change.

Action Items:

  1. Creation of training scholarships for social justice organizations — members of which will then become thought leaders for AWBW work.
  2. Development of social justice workshops — focused on antiracism, social change, and potential action items for our communities — all shaped by facilitators who carry specific lived experiences that further understanding of inequity
  3. Extension of guidance and culturally responsive resources to allies and aspiring allies in our collective promotion of social justice
  4. A proactive search for BIPOC talent at staff, leadership, and board levels across our organization — drawn, in part, from job boards and community organizations centered in BIPOC communities

I CAN WE CAN Community Art Initiative, 2012

Self-Led Art Worksheets, 2020

2021 Social Justice Fellows

After completing our 2-day facilitator training, our Social Justice Fellows have committed to sharing both enhanced and new ways the Windows curriculum and creative expression can be applied to social justice, anti-racism, and systems change across all sectors. Their leadership will not only have a direct impact on the communities they serve, but will provide a unique perspective and insight to inform AWBW’s commitment to supporting equity and inclusion.

March Training Fellows: