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    ARTISTS FOR TRAUMA

    Artists for Trauma (AFT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines.

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    LAURA’S STORY

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    Four years ago, Artists for Trauma Founder, Laura Sharpe, was involved in a horrific helicopter accident on Catalina Island, a small island off the southern California coast. In the four years since her tragic accident, Laura has undergone a remarkable physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Her personal experience in dealing with the devastating effects of trauma and her use of art as a means to re-connect with herself and her community, led her to launch Artists for Trauma.

    Read About Laura Sharpe: The Woman Who Fell From The Sky…

    HELP ARTISTS FOR TRAUMA HELP OTHER TRAUMA SURVIVORS LIKE LAURA

    Are you or someone you know a trauma survivor? Artists for Trauma can help.

    Artists for Trauma provides a pathway for trauma survivors to re-connect with themselves and their communities, through private, one-on-one instruction in a wide range of artistic disciplines.  This creative engagement has been shown repeatedly to be of great assistance in helping those who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. AFT provides the instructor and all necessary art supplies free of charge. Participants progress at their own speed in a pressure-free environment.

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    Would you like to help Artists for Trauma as a Volunteer or a Volunteer Artist?

    AFT is seeking volunteers and volunteer artists in all parts of the country. Send us a note letting us know about yourself and what you are interested in doing. Then please read and sign the Volunteer Artist Agreement or General Volunteer Agreement and email as a PDF to:

    volunteers@artistsfortrauma.org

    Success Story:
    Wana & Brenda*

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    Wana Klasen is a self-taught artist who was paired with one of AFT’s Student Artists, Brenda*, since earlier in the year, collaborating on a series of watercolors and paintings.   Brenda had a car accident in 2012, suffering shoulder, neck and back injuries and subsequent depression and anxiety as a result of the trauma she suffered.

    Read Wana & Brenda’s Story

    Creativity… Connectivity… Community… It takes a Village!

     

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