Art with a Cause
As someone who has been deeply affected by both mental illness and trauma, it is important to me to help others heal.
That is why Punaballoo has partnered with the nonprofit organization, The Art Therapy Project. A portion of each sale will be donated to help fund the free art therapy classes they provide to those struggling with mental illness and trauma. If you’d like to learn more please take a moment to read their mission statement and please donate if you can!
The Art Therapy Project is a nonprofit mental health organization providing free group art therapy to adults and youth affected by trauma. Using the art-making process and with support from our art therapists, clients learn how to explore feelings, increase self-awareness and cope with life's challenges.
Art therapy is the process of transforming traumatic energy through the creation of art. It uniquely combines art and psychology to explore problems and potentials of individuals and provides an opportunity for an individual to “revisit” rather than “re-live” traumatic experiences. Art therapy can be an effective treatment for reaching traumatized individuals, many of whom have been unable to progress with traditional talk therapy. It uses the power of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.
At the heart of The Art Therapy Project’s mission is the desire to dramatically improve the quality of lives for people who have experienced trauma. The Art Therapy Project provides hope for what many consider to be the most difficult populations to treat.
The Art Therapy Project offers its services to marginalized populations including women and men veterans and sexual assault survivors, the LGBQTIA+ community, individuals with substances abuse challenges, 9/11 survivors as well as at-risk youth including those who are in the foster care system, court-involved and growing up in violent, underserved communities.
The Art Therapy Project has served more than 7600 clients since opening its doors in 2011.
You can learn more about The Art Therapy Project’s work and how you can help at www.thearttherapyproject.org.
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Twitter – http://twitter.com/arttherapyproj
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/thearttherapyproject/