For 25 years, A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) has been using art as a healing tool to help women and children recover emotionally from domestic violence. Recently, they expanded their wonderful mission to reach others impacted by trauma, including veterans’ groups, hospices, public schools and more.
Their name reflects their objective: to provide a view forward for people who have experienced trauma, a window of safe space to express their emotions, their hopes and fears, and transform their pain in the process.
We are honored to have both our books featured in the AWBW curriculum to help children and families. We donated 250 copies of our first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs to AWBW - one for every domestic violence shelter they served. We also co-created a healing art project with them, and helped teach it to social workers at an AWBW leadership workshop.
When it came time to collaborate with LeVar Burton on The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, Olivia Piacenza and other staff members at AWBW offered wonderful guidance and feedback based on decades of experience working with traumatized families – which helped us create a practical and engaging resource for parents and professionals. We’ve co-developed a great “Rainstick” art project and “Whale Breathing” exercise with AWBW that you can find on our Rhino activities page.
On June 30th, 2016, we will be participating in AWBW’s Art Transforming Trauma: Building Resilience through Art conference, to celebrate and explore the transformative power of art. This will be a day of learning and creativity, on a personal and community level, featuring collaborative panels and workshop breakouts offering tools and resources for using art to build resilience and transform trauma.
We feel so blessed to be part of A Window Between Worlds’ inspiring mission of love, healing and creativity! You can read more about the magical work they do at www.awbw.org.