Trauma happens in an instant. It is unexpected, devastating and life altering. If we are not victims ourselves, many of us know someone who has experienced a traumatic experience.
Trauma claims many victims and takes many forms. A car crash – burning inferno – plane crash – accident on the job – gun shot – explosion – a catastrophic fall – an incident of war. Sometimes survivors don’t even remember the moment of impact and sometimes all they can remember is waking up in the hospital with their lives irrevocably changed. Disfigurement, disability and a long and difficult process of recovery are often results of trauma.
What is the challenge of surviving this level of trauma?
Re-creating a new version of one’s life… physically, mentally and emotionally. Artists for Trauma provides the platform for the trauma survivor to participate in “creative engagement”, a proven pathway to positively re-connect with themselves and their community.
Awareness gives one the sensitivity to see possibilities and potential both within themself and in the world, while creativity gives one the ability to engage with the transformation of everything that awareness comes into contact with.
AFT provides trauma survivors a means to heighten their awareness, creativity and engagement by pairing them with an artist from an art discipline that speaks to their heart.
Help AFT continue to help
in their recovery
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. Join Artists for Trauma…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creativity… Connectivity… Community… It takes a Village!
About 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.
The organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self-acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.
Founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, AFT was inspired by her personal journey to recovery, in which Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds.
AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing recovery to help other Level 1 trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves, their families and their communities.
Brad Howe, Sculpture Artist
Cheryl Ekstrom, Sculpture Artist
Etan Boritzer, Author
Richard Duardo, Artist, Master Printer, and Managing Director of Modern Multiples
Zari Wigfall, Choreographer and Dancer,
Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, California Arts Institute
Christopher Reutinger, Concert Violinist and Composer,
Founding Member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Erika Jayne, Singer
Ford Austin, Trauma Survivor, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Actor, and Producer
Lauree Dash, Emmy-Winning TV Producer
Bruce Eckstut, Music and Voice Coach,
Bachelors and Masters Derees, Juilliard School of Music
Diana Marcketta, Reality/Documentary Producer and Media Consultant
Jessica Emmanuel, Dancer, Poor Dog Group
Lindsay Lollie, Dancer
Chisa Seniuk, Dancer
Karen Thayer, Graphic Arts
Wana Klasen, Painter
Brian Kuhlman, Photographer
Joslyn Lawrence, Photographer
Peter Cohen, Clothing Designer
Gina Ellis, Fashion Designer
Camilo Pardo, Art, Design, and Fashion
Richard Shapiro, Antiques and Works of Art