Why Art?

Wild Iris is partnering with A Window Between Worlds to use art to transform trauma, creating a life
changing space for safety, connection and healing. Through art workshops, survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault express feelings and reclaim their sense of power and self-worth. As they draw, sculpt, paint and write they begin to make their choices visible and see their dreams take shape. pencils

For survivors of abuse, creating art is way to gain power and control back in their lives. So often, the lives of survivors have been controlled by their perpetrators. Even the smallest decisions have been taken away, and they are told what to wear, who to talk to, what to eat, and how much money they have to spend. For someone who hasn’t had to power to make their own choices, creating art is a great freedom. They are given the tools and control to make their projects into whatever they want, with no judgement. This is a powerful and freeing practice.

Art also gives survivors the ability to feel and express emotions that might be difficult to put into words. By giving participants a safe space to consider feelings, emotions, and relationships, workshops help participants process and handle tough feelings. Art workshops are a place to express without judgement.

Research is just beginning to be conducting that backs up all the benefits of art for survivors of trauma and abuse.

“Brain research shows the area of the brain that gets “disconnected” first
in trauma is the area that is activated when we are engaged in expressive
art-making. It is the part of the brain related to our sense of well-being
and our ability to put our thoughts together. The process of creative
expression increases our sense of wholeness and gives us a sense of
connection to a larger community.” (Carol Caddes, “Healing from Trauma—
Art and the Brain,” 2001)

Want to reap the benefits of creative art? Join us for a free Window Between Worlds workshop each Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:30. You can find out more about the A Window Between Worlds program at awbw.org