- ArtReach's programs focus on advancing the emotional health and wellbeing of children of trauma.
- For over 17 years ArtReach has been instrumental in bringing creative programs to organizations in need of assistance in the area of emotional health and wellbeing.
- In 2015 ArtReach began building an initiative that focuses on the needs of children living here in Georgia, while at the same time continuing to work with children in areas of crisis around the world.
CHILDREN IN GEORGIA, USA
ArtReach serves traumatized populations here in Atlanta in two specific areas.
- Children living in extreme poverty with increased risk to vulnerabilities relating to trauma.
- Georgia based refugees escaping war and natural disasters of their home countries.
Through collaborations and partnerships with organizations working in Atlanta and surrounding areas, ArtReach has increased awareness of its programs locally while increasing its scope of impact. Refugee communities is an area where the ArtReach Model® will bring great relief to traumatized children who have suffered displacement, as a result of war, violence and/or natural disaster.
Children in these circumstances are traumatized by stress and violence and have little or no access to services to assist them. Statistics show that the State of Georgia represents home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar, Somalia, the Congo, Iraq, and Bhutan along with approximately forty other countries. These refugees speak more than 60 different languages and have settled in Georgia to escape war, persecution and massacres. The children and families of these communities have fled their homelands, lost their friends; immediate family members and have often witnessed horrific incidents as they relate to crimes of war. Continued work with this community will allow ArtReach to further its mission by serving children of great need.
By placing its focus on local communities and serving these children in need, ArtReach is accelerating impact by creating awareness of its creative expressive arts therapeutic model and programs locally and building relationships with Atlanta organizations working in the same field.
Thousands of children around the world are innocent victims of severe emotional trauma brought about by war, violence and natural disaster. While most large relief organizations address the physical needs of a region during and immediately following a disaster, resources for the long-term healing of the population left behind are almost nonexistent. ArtReach is working to change this. The ArtReach Foundation® is committed to healing children’s trauma caused by war, violence and natural disaster through the use of expressive arts education and creative therapy.
ArtReach provides an opportunity for individuals to express their emotions and help heal their wounds through the creative expressive arts of music, visual art, creative writing, movement, dance and drama. ArtReach Teams teach communities, health care providers, educators, social workers, families, caregivers, and individuals to integrate creative expressive therapeutic methods, activities and group processes into their own work with affected children.
Through collaborations and partnerships with organizations working in Atlanta and surrounding areas, ArtReach has increased awareness of its programs locally while increasing its scope of impact. Refugee communities is an area where the ArtReach Model will bring great relief to traumatized children who have suffered displacement, as a result of war, violence and/or natural disaster.
The ArtReach Foundation® | 2221 Peachtree Road | D 518 | Atlanta, Georgia 30309 | 404-850-1012