Since 1991, A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) has provided art as a healing and empowering tool for women and children living in domestic violence shelters to rebuild their lives and end the cycle of violence. For the participants in the workshops, art acts as a reminder of the power they have to create change for themselves and their communities. AWBW is the only national program that places the transformative tool of creative expression into the hands of front-line advocates, typically not artists nor art therapists, opening up safety, building trust and providing a trauma-informed model of empowerment for survivors. Building on the capacity of each partner site to impact the lives of the survivors they serve, art becomes one of the strongest tools they have to break the isolation and fear their clients face.
AWBW currently supports 511 women's and 477 children's workshops leaders in 28 states with intensive hands-on training, art supplies, and an online art curriculum of over 500 workshops. While the primary focus of their mission for the past two decades was centered upon serving women and children surviving domestic violence, AWBW's trauma-informed art programs are now being called upon to serve in a broadened context. It is clear that expanding their scope across sectors to reach boys and men, veterans and their families, survivors of sexual assault, and batterer's intervention programs is essential to their next phase of community impact. Through partnership with agencies serving trauma survivors in various fields, these next two years will be a capacity building period as AWBW conducts research and builds the resources and infrastructure necessary to meet this expanded scope.
A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to cultivating and supporting a network of transformative arts programs that empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.
A Window Between Worlds views art as a catalyst to release trauma, build resilience and ignite social change. When individuals create art in a safe community they can be heard and respected — replacing violence and shame with safety and hope.
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