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The following regional, national and international non-profit art and healing organizations use art and art programs to help individuals, their communities, and society at large. They work tirelessly to advocate positive change in the world. Please note: Most of the descriptions of the organizations came from their mission statements on their websites. Please visit their websites for additional information.
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Access Gallery accessgallery.org is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts.
Addiction and Art
Addiction And Art addictionandart.org shows the complexities of Addiction and Recovery through selected imagery on its site and also made available as downloads for use by schools, drug treatment centers, community organizations, addiction science professionals, medical professionals and the general public. Images are donated by artists to be shared for the good of mankind. Addiction and Art also presents exhibitions at professional substance abuse conferences and in local communities.
American Art Therapy Association
The American Art therapy Association arttherapy.org is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.
Art Feeds artfeeds.org believes all children are artists. We exist to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, we provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms.
Art For Healing Foundation
The Art for Healing Foundation artforhealingfoundation.org is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the healing power of art to hospitals and wellness facilities, transforming otherwise sterile public and patient areas into inspiring environments that encourage a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.
Art For The Hospital
Art For The Hospital artpourhopital.art.blog is a non-profit association located in Montboucher-sur-Jabron, France. It mainly aims to decorate the hospital free of charge using reproductions of paintings and drawings by contemporary painters. From photos of the works of painters, made available by them, we have reproductions made to decorate hospitals (entrances, waiting rooms, corridors, bedrooms, offices, etc.). These reproductions are then given to the hospital free of charge.
Art For Life Foundation
Each year Art For Life artforlife.org helps more than 20,00 children and their families. Its programs “help kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis” and empowers them from an early age “to embrace art as a way of expressing how they feel during what is a very scary and difficult time for them.”
Art In Deed
The mission of Art InDeed art-indeed.com is to provide experiences to increase well-being and foster creative self-expression. It offers holistic arts-based programs that: Explore and experience art-making; Nurture and discover creativity; and Heal and connect mind-body-spirit. Art InDeed’s founder and owner Danah Beaulieu was nominated for “The Women of Influence” RBC’s 26th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.
Art in Healthcare
The mission of Art in Healthcare artinhealthcare.org.uk is for original, contemporary art to be accessible to everyone in care environments for the enhancement of health and wellbeing. We will work towards this by sourcing, placing and managing art collections, and encouraging creativity to improve the lives of people across Scotland.
Artists First artistsfirststl.org is an inclusive, non-profit art studio empowering artists of all abilities. “We believe in bringing art to the community as a means of integration, healing, support, and finding common ground. Our focus is on underserved populations individuals including those with disabilities (physical, cognitive and mental health), veterans and specifically veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and or substance abuse, elders with memory loss and their caregivers, disconnected youth, and those experiencing toxic stress.”
Artists With Autism Inc.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Artists with Autism artistswithautism.com is a nonprofit organization helping individuals with autism have meaningful lives with purpose. “It focuses on their talents and abilities and helps them build a business around those talents. Its unique consignment art gallery provides a platform for aspiring artists with autism to display and sell their artwork.
The Art of Autism
The Art of Autism the-art-of-autism.com started by Debra Muzikar, an author, storyteller, and curator, is “about shifting perceptions and creating futures in the arts for those on the autism spectrum by creating collaborations and a support network for creatives on the spectrum.” There is an online gallery and blog on the website.
ArtPride New Jersey
ArtPride New Jersey artpridenj.com is a statewide arts advocacy organization. One of its programs is the Alliance for Arts & Health NJ which connects artists and arts professionals and those who provide health and wellness services in order to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health.
ARTreach artreachtexas.org is a 501(c) 3 non profit in the greater Houston area. Established in 2003, it has been providing art program to under served populations for over 18 years. “At ARTreach, we use the arts to change lives. Through the power of connection, we deliver quality art programs to the most vulnerable populations in our communities: children and families at risk, special needs groups, and senior citizens. In partnership with professional artists and volunteers, we aspire to create a positive impact on the community.”
The Art Room
This is a charity theartroom.org.uk that helps 5 – 16 year old children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. There are currently five Art Rooms in schools in Oxford and London, offering art as therapy to increase children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
The purpose of ART START art-start.org is to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of at-risk historically marginalized youth, offering a space for them to imagine, believe, and represent their creative vision for their lives and communities. Inside homeless shelters and alternative to incarceration programs throughout New York City, consistent workshops are conducted with long-term partners, including youth organizations, schools, alternative sentencing programs, and residences for youth and families experiencing homelessness. “Art becomes the starting point of a larger life process, and the start of larger conversations about the future of our communities.”
Art Therapy Project
The Art Therapy Project thearttherapyproject.org is dedicated to helping trauma survivors through the creative process. Centered around challenges of Family, Violence and Health, we are the only nonprofit in New York dedicated solely to providing guided art therapy to those seeking hope and support. We go beyond traditional talk therapy. Our clients and art therapists work together to turn negative energy positive.
Art to Change The World
Art to Change the World (ACW) arttochangetheworld.org is a non-profit, diverse coalition of artists, educators, scientists, topic experts, and other change makers who join forces in service of positive social change. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “We employ the arts, education, audience engagement, and organizational partnerships to invoke positive discussion, reflection, and action.”
Artists For Trauma (AFT)
AFT artistsfortrauma.org is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines. It was founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, inspired by her personal journey to recovery, in which she connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds.
ArtVan artvanprogram.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and mobile program that offers the therapeutic arts to communities with the least social services and after school programs. Currently, the organization has a couple in-person neighborhood programs; however, until weather permits us to be outside, its “to-go ArtBags full of supplies and instructional prompts are how we check-in with our ArtVan community. All projects aim to inspire art-making with simple materials. If someone does not have access to supplies, we find a way to provide some!”
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks artworkscincinnati.org is an award-winning non-profit organization in Cincinnati, that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.
ArtWorks ~ The Naomi Cohain Foundation
ArtWorks, artworksfoundation.org located in Englewood, NJ, provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.
Artz-to-Go is under the auspices of City of the World, Inc., cityoftheworldlasvegas.org an educational, non-profit, community arts organization and art gallery that places an emphasis on children. Through Artz-to-Go they send out art teachers to a number of low income area parks to give free art lessons to the kids there.
The Australian Earth Laws Alliance
AELA earthlaws.org.au is a national not-for-profit organization based in Australia whose mission is “to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred governance in Australia, with a focus on law, economics, education, ethics and the arts.” AELA’s work is inspired by the theory and practice of Earth jurisprudence, which is a governance philosophy and growing social movement.
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Barefoot Artists barefootartists.org “brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture.”
Barr barrfoundation.org is a private foundation. “From our home in Boston, Massachusetts, we engage in three principal areas: Arts & Culture, Climate, and Education. We focus regionally, and selectively engage nationally. We are also concluding a Global program in 2015. Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and cultural potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.”
Bereavement Artists bereavementartists.com was founded in 2011, by Colorado artists Teresa Dunwell, Gina Klawitter and Anita Larson, to fill a need for the bereaved community to have a comprehensive, easy-to find, resource of bereavement art services. Membership is open to working artists creating original, custom artwork specifically for those who have suffered a loss.
Creativity For Wellbeing (C4W) is a free art resource, packed with creative ideas for everyone. Founded by Richard K. Potter, an artist, the website’s mission contains “wellbeing underpinning”, “designed to help people with a variety of issues in our challenging times.”
Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)
CHAP chap.name/ in Oregon, brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. Its healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen encourage and inspire.
CoachArt.org is a nonprofit “focused on the emotional and social wellbeing of children impacted by physical chronic illnesses. We match children with volunteer coaches to learn an arts or athletics activity of their choice; we offer 1:1 private lessons as well as larger group programs. Any child between the ages of 5-18, as well as their siblings, with a qualifying physical chronic condition are welcome to apply – we currently service Los Angeles, San Diego & the San Francisco Bay Area but we are expanding to new cities very soon!”
Combat Paper, combatpaper.org , is an organization that provides a creative space where veterans and the community transform military uniforms into handmade paper since 2007. It has affiliated paper mills in California, Nevada, New Jersey and New York.
Communities Create communitescreate.org is a non-profit organization founded by Karen Silton, artist and educator, in order to bring high quality arts programs to our most vulnerable communities in Los Angeles, those experiencing homelessness, intimate partner violence, incarcerated and post carceral, foster youth and veterans. Its mission is “to help reinstate a sense of belonging and empowerment through the healing power of art making and gathering alongside others in community.” The organization offers both hands-on and Zoom mixed-media expressive, healing-centered arts workshops.
Courage Art, courageart.org, holds The Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale held every spring at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Local, regional, national and international artists with a disability submit their works for review in six categories – Graphic, Mixed Media, Oils and Acrylics, Photography, Sculpture and Watercolor.
The Crayon Initiative
The Crayon Initiative thecrayoninitiative.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with the resources to express their creativity and individuality through the arts.
CREATE Arts Center
Based in based in Silver Spring, Maryland, CREATE Arts Center createartscenter.org serves people across the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Its mission is “to spark creativity, foster learning, empower individuals, and facilitate community connections through the visual arts.” Its licensed art therapists use a combination of talk therapy and art techniques, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, to deal with life’s challenges.
Creative Arts and Aging Network
This organization artfulaging.blogspot.com exists “to promote avenues and opportunities for all elders, artists and people in the aging network to explore the arts and humanities as a means of life enhancement.”
The Creative Center
The Creative Center at University Settlement thecreativecenter.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in New York, NY, dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. Founded in 1994 on the belief that “medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit.”
Creative Growth Art Center
Creative Growth Art Center creativeegrowth.org is a non-profit in Oakland, CA that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation. Many of the artists who have been affiliated with Creative Growth have had their art exhibited and/or enter permanent collections of museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian, and the American Folk Art Museum. The center’s clients have exhibited in art fairs and galleries worldwide.
Creative Wellness Journey CIC
This non-profit creativewellnessjourney.co.uk was founded Debbie Crouch, a creative wellness artist and facilitator who states “My ethos to share creative wellness FREE to those who need it most.” CIC shares information on various Facebook groups/website and provides a safe environment for members on how to learn to express emotions through creativity. CIC works with other communities to develop working alliances and partnerships and develops online courses and materials related to art for wellness.
Creativity at the Core
Arts and education experts from across California have developed an innovative series of online arts training resources for educators. Through the Creativity at the Core initiative, free online professional learning modules support 21st Century learning for California’s diverse students “through a focus on powerful arts teaching and learning. These modules build on and support the visual and performing arts with the California State Standards, including the Common Core.”
Crossing Point Arts
Crossing Point Arts crossingpointarts.org has a mission to bring the healing and restorative power of the arts to survivors of human trafficking. Through its workshops it is committed to helping those individuals overcome their trauma. “Since 2013, when we launched our workshops at Polaris Project in Newark, NJ, our work has been embraced by these agencies and noted for the creative and therapeutic approach we take, which has proven to be an integral aspect of survivors healing processes.”
Drawn to Help
Drawn To Help drawntohelp.com was created by artist Steve Barr to supplement existing art programs at hospitals, camps and treatment facilities around the country. This outstanding organization helps arrange “celebrity” appearances by successful cartoonists and talented artists who want to improve children’s lives. Read an article about this organization.
Faces Not Forgotten
Faces Not Forgotten, facesnotforgotten.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Christine Ilewski, an artist. Through the organization artists paint portraits of children (age 20 and under) lost to gun violence to give comfort to their families. A copy of the original portrait is printed on a FNF quilt (8 portraits representing the 8 children we lose nationally each day to gun violence) and exhibited virtually and physically to raise awareness of this horrific loss. Christine also offers a virtual program “the Power of Art to Shift Social Conscience”. Families can request a portrait through the submission link pinned to the top of its Facebook page: facebook.com/thefacesprojectstlmo/ Artists can contact the organization also via the Facebook page or website.
Foundation For Art and Healing
The mission of the Foundation artandhealing.org is “to explore the fundamental connection between the art and healing process, while providing active, ongoing support to communities and individuals”, Dr. Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, founder and president.
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals
Founded by Elaine Poggi, the unique mission of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals healingphotoart.org is to place large, framed photographs of nature and beautiful places from around the world in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. Read an interview with Elaine Poggi here.
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona freeartsaz.org is a nonprofit in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is transforming children’s trauma to resilience through the arts. Free Arts staff, volunteer mentors, and teaching artists are trained to recognize the impact of trauma and approach their interactions with children and one another in a way that is empathetic, supportive, and resists re-traumatization.
Free Arts for Children
Free Arts for Children freearts.org was born out of the determination of two women Carolyn Sargent and Elda Unger who knew well the inherent therapeutic value of the arts. They conduct programs that inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness.
Free Arts NYC
Free Arts NYC freeartsnyc.org is a volunteer based non-profit organization established to bring the healing power of the arts to children and families who face poverty, homelessness, and other risk factors.
The Gifts of Art Program
One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan. Nine 2-D and 3-D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day and display over 30 exhibits a year. The Exhibition Program is designed to calm nerves, lift spirits, and engage minds. Find more information about Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine go here.
Groundswell NYC groundswell.nyc, is a NYC, NY based organization that shares this vision: “By elevating youth vision, voice, and community collaboration, we aim to develop the next generation of changemakers.” The organization states, “Every Groundswell artwork begins and ends with a group of community stakeholders, such as teens, artists, organizations, funders, neighbors, and families, who come together to transform their streets. Through exposure to a high quality arts education rooted in social justice with social/emotional supports, Groundswell programs develop creative problem-solvers who use their radical imaginations to create personal and societal change.”
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The Harv Toback Scholarship Fund for the Arts
The Harv Toback Scholarship Fund harvtobackfund.org was founded by his son, Adam Toback, after releasing his award-winning documentary, “Harv”. Harv was an Artist, Ad Man and Curator with an art gallery at his dialysis center, showing the art of the patients and doctors. The Fund’s mission is to provide financial assistance to hospitals and care facilities to fund art therapy programs, and provide grants and scholarships to artists living with life threatening illnesses and/or disabilities.
The Healing Arts Program
The Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System atlantichealth.org/healingarts provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing and visual arts to AHS patients, staff and the communities we serve. Healing Arts offers over 30 programs and events, including therapies in literary, visual and performing arts, reaching over 8,000 people annually across Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area.
HEARTism heartism406.org is a Community Center in Corvallis, Montana. It offers programs in the arts for families of youth with autism and with other special needs. Its mission statement: “The mission of HEARTism Community Center is to provide education and socialization for children with special needs through exploration of the arts — music, dance, creative movement, yoga, a variety of activities and life skills — while supporting and educating parents and families.”
HEART: Save The Children
Save the Children savethechildren.org created HEART , an education approach that brings the proven power of artistic expression – drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more – to children in need around the world. HEART helps children heal emotionally and learn critical skills.
Healing Farms Retreat and Integrated Recovery Services Inc. aka Healing Farms, healingfarms.org, is a non profit corporation founded by Andre L. Beaudoin in August of 2007 to provide the combined power of all healing practices and modalities to anyone who needs them.
Artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White founded Hospital Rooms hospital-rooms.com to transform cold sterile mental health environments with high quality artworks. “For every project we carefully select a roster of artists according to the needs of each community. Our artists work closely with patients, staff and the NHS Trust to create unique, world class and site specific artwork.”
International Arts in Healthcare
The International Art in Healthcare facebook.com/IntlArtsHealthCare is a U.S. 501 c3 and Colorado charity that works in Kenya. The IAH mission is to offer sustainable expressive arts therapy training for staff working in refugee camps and other remote areas in Kenya.
International League of Conservation Photographers
The International League of Conservation Photographers conservationphotographers.org, is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is “to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography… to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, fauna, flora, and/or cultural traditions are in peril from human activity.”
K12 Gallery & TEJAS
The mission of K12 Gallery k12tejasgallery.orgwas realized from a community need in 1993 to increase art accessibility for youth and adults from all walks of life. Initial programming of after school and Saturday art classes has grown to embrace inclusive programming for inner city youth, urban school students, at-risk youth involved with the juvenile court system, prisoners, the homeschool population, and promising low income students with aspirations in art careers. With the addition of TEJAS (Teen Education & Joint Adult Studio) in 2009, art outreach grew to offer art enrichment for older teens and adults.
The Kids & Art Foundation
This nonprofit organization kidsandart.org “provides Arts workshops to children with cancer and their care circles to improve their well-being during treatment, as survivors, and in bereavement.” Professional artists help families facing pediatric cancer with free art workshops at treatment centers and other locations.
The Laundromat Project
Based in Harlem, NY, The Laundromat Project laundromatproject.org supports artists to create new, community-engaged work based in laundromats. “We amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.”
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MASSCreative mass-creative.org works with creative leaders, working artists, arts educators and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected, and creative communities.
National Center For Creative Aging
The National Center for Creative Aging creativeaging.org “is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.”
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.
National Organization of the National Organization for Arts in Health, NOAH
Founded in 2016 the mission of NOAH thenoah.net is “To unite, advance, and serve the field of arts in health.” It provides transformational leadership to bring the field of arts in health together. “Our focus is on the future of arts, health, and wellbeing; and creating tangible impact from our goals and initiatives.” NOAH has published two white papers and the NOAH Code of Ethics and Standards for Arts in Health Professionals, held two annual conferences and one leadership summit, and much more.
Open Studio Project
At Open Studio Project (OSP) openstudioproject.org our mission is “to provide a welcoming environment to create art for personal growth, social-emotional learning, and community well-being. In all that Open Studio Project does, we strive to promote positive social and emotional change. At our core, Open Studio Project is about making art and being of service.”
Operation Valor Arts
Operation Valor Arts ovarts.org is a non=profit organization that provides training and resources to enable post-911 Veterans to design and construct interperative public art. Through this process, Veterans have the opportunity to honor those with whom they served, use their personal stories as inspiration and educate the community about the issues facing post-911 Veterans.
Painting A New World/Peindre un Nouveau Monde
The organization Painting A New World paintinganewworld.com, founded by artists Agnes Jorgensen and Andre Chatelain, focuses mainly on supporting artists in Africa and Haiti through a mural art program. The murals must be appropriate to the context of the community and present a socially conscious message. Murals are painted on school walls and/or community centers by local artists. The aim is to create positive change by employing local artists and educating communities about their environment and future.
Paintings in Hospitals
Established in London in 1959, Paintings in Hospitals paintingsinhospitals.org.uk, uses visual art to create environments that improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users, carers and the public. The organization works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Perry County Council of the Arts
Perry County Council of the Arts perrycountyarts.org provides learning and sharing opportunities to expand creativity in every person and connect our rural community. It fosters community development, provides job skills, promotes environmental conservation, and much more. It has a PCCA Gallery which supports and encourages 200 Pennsylvania member artists from beginners to professionals in their creative endeavors and has 13 satellite exhibition spaces known as “Art on Tour”.
Pure Vision Arts (PVA)
Pure Vision Arts purevisionarts.org is Manhattan’s first specialized art studio and exhibition space for artists with autism and other developmental disabilities. It provides studio space, art materials, exhibition opportunities, and career development for artists of all levels, and much more. It was founded in 2002 by The Shield Institute, a not-for-profit human-service agency that educates and supports New Yorkers with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Rehabilitation Through The Arts
RTA rta-arts.org was founded in Sing Sing in 1996. Today, we work in five New York State prisons with innovative programs in theatre, dance, creative writing, voice and visual art. RTA is dedicated to using the creative arts as a tool for social and cognitive transformation behind prison walls.
Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation
RTNCF rtncf.org is a nonprofit organization founded by Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza. It is comprised of a group of artists, medical doctors and other medical professionals who work to promote humanitarian causes, such as providing medical care for underprivileged children.
SAORI Arts NYC
The mission of SAORI Arts NYC saoriartsnyc.org is “to inspire creativity, joy, and self-confidence through free-form weaving for people of all ages with disabilities or chronic illness.” The organization partners with other organizations “that provide programs and services to people with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities or chronic illness together with their families and caregivers.”
Seewall Child seewallchild.org, founded by artist Olga Stamatiou, believes “in the power to transform the human spirit through a fusion of art, play, education, gardening and healthy foods for children in rural and underserved communities.” It builds interactive installations for children’s crisis centers and children’s hospitals. It takes its EMSv Essential Mobile Service vehicle on the road with a mobile playground command center offering relief to children along with healthy meals throughout the U.S.
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Founded in 1996, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts smithcenter.org (formerly Smith Farm) is a Washington, DC-based health, education, and arts organization. We offer programs for the community and specialize in serving people with cancer and utilizing the arts in healing.
Splashes of Hope
Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope splashesofhope.org is dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing. Our custom-designed murals and other artistic projects bring smiles to the faces of patients, staff and visitors of medical and social service facilities worldwide. This positive impact inspires others to join our mission.
Stars of HOPE USA
Stars of HOPE USA starsofhopeusa.org is a therapeutic arts program created with the mission “to respond to tragedies such as mass violence and natural disasters, we use art-making in the form of a star to give hope, show compassion, and promote healing. Stars of HOPE continue to work in communities such as Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Bernardino after human-caused tragedy and communities impacted by natural disasters such as the Florida Pan Handle and Puerto Rico.”
Studio in a School
The mission of Studio in a School studioinaschool.org is “To foster the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. To collaborate with and develop the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools. It works exclusively with the visual arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpting, and photography. This commitment to programs solely in the visual arts has enabled the organization to develop a unique expertise in the field of arts education.”
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute trauma-informedpractice.com is dedicated to teaching trauma-informed, expressive arts-based intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and principles of positive psychology.
Twist Out Cancer
Twist Out Cancer (TOC) TwistOutCancer provides psychosocial support to anyone touched by cancer through creative arts programming. Our signature program, Brushes with Cancer (BWC) creates unexpected intersections between talented artists and those touched by cancer, our “Inspirations.” The intention is to create a unique system of support for both the artist and individual, which centers on the healing of the person and results in dialogue and education for the community at large.
University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare Program
In this program ukhealthcare.uky.edu/arts-in-healthcare art in all forms is featured at UK Chandler Hospital and other UK HealthCare locations including art by artists with a Kentucky connection. “Our mission is to create an environment of care and to focus on the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of our patients, family, caregivers and staff. The program recognizes the arts and the artists as powerful and positive forces in the healing process.”
USVAA, United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance
This multi-disciplinary, 501 c 3 arts organization USVAA is dedicated to assisting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. They address such issues as the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans. It is based in Culver City, CA.
The mission of V-Day VDay.org is “to end violence against women and girls, to break the silence, to make people aware of the violence that affects one in three women in the US and throughout the world. Growing from a singular play to a vast global movement of survivors, artists and activists, V-Day works at the intersection of art and activism to shatter taboos, create space for women and the most marginalized, and initiate community led culture and system change. V-Day is a movement of everyday grassroots leaders demanding change for their communities.”
The Veterans Art Foundation (VAF)
This is a non profit art foundation, veteransartfoundation.wordpress.com based in Connecticut started in 2009 by Michael Hawley, an Iraq War veteran. “Our mission is to provide programs and services that allow veterans to heal through the arts. Whether it is through film, music, writing, photography or painting, our goal is to assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life.”
The Veterans Art Project
The Veterans Art Project vetart.org is committed to changing lives through deep art engagement. VETART serves veterans, active duty service members, their families, and military caregivers. The organization provides art therapy, art education, art materials, equipment, and studio access free of charge. The organization has opened a ceramics and glass studio and a metal studio in North San Diego County, home to the highest concentration of US military personnel in the world. VETART is working with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission of California to advocate for military arts engagement throughout the state.
Well Arts Institute
Well Arts wellarts.org is a nonprofit, arts organization in Portland, OR, that explores the health of our community and its members through the reflective lens of the arts. Its mission is to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means of wellness.
A Window Between Worlds
The mission of A Window Between Worlds, WBW, awbw.org is “To empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma through a transformative healing arts program. WBW views art as a catalyst to release trauma, build resilience and ignite social change.” WBW has developed a nationwide network of 450+ active Windows Facilitators and reaches tens of thousands of survivors annually.
The Women With Wings Foundation
The Women with Wings Foundation womenwwings.org is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization “that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider’s existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer, chronic pain patients and their families to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one’s creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.” The Foundation was founded by Patricia Varga, CEO, who is a survivor of cancer herself.
Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD)
Focusing on women’s unique perspectives the purpose of WEAD weadartists.org is: “To provide information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others.”
YALL Art Project
The YALL Art Project is a 2-part collaborative art project in Photography and Mural Painting with a mission to help children overcome the trauma of severe abuse. Students are encouraged to find their authentic voice and individual self-expression. They learn how to use a professional camera, get photographs for their portfolio, and prints that can be sold to fund-raise for their community, plus the rewards of collaborating on creating a mural with other students.
Youth Art For Healing
Youth Art For Healing youthartforhealing.org, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring works of art created by youth into healthcare environments to provide a sense of comfort, inspiration and healing for patients and their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.