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ART FOR PEACE

Here at Art For Peace, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all: promoting peace thanks to the healing power of Art Therapy and providing Art Educational programs for the most vulnerable population across the world.

 

OUR MISSION

As a non profit organization, we connect with at-risk individuals and groups to transform their lives for the better by improving their mental health, thanks to Art Therapy. Art For Peace supports children’s education, women empowerment, building cultural bridges and much more. Our workshops and community projects are based on psychosocial best practices and can be tailored to fit the cultural and social needs of individuals and partner organisation’s frameworks.

OUR IMPACT

PEACE BUILDING

The impact of art therapy on individual peace, resilience and self-development has been clearly established by neuroscience and as an innovative clinical therapy to increase positive mental health outcomes and improve the lives of its beneficiaries at all levels.

  • It brings an opportunity to heal so that people can cope with traumatic life experiences, generate more peaceful, balanced and resilient lifestyles.

 

  • It eases community integration processes. We can’t expect from someone who suffers from multiple traumas to integrate properly into society.

 

  • Art as a universal language transcends cultural and dialect differences

 

  • Improves student learning. Neuroscience has shown that children learn better through play and creativity. 

 

  • Gives a voice and a medium to express to the most vulnerable population who’s voices are often silenced.

 

  • Self-empowerment by encouraging conscious embodiment and movement diverting from the overuse of cell phones. 

 

  • Builds cultural bridges between communities. Art therapy offers community members an opportunity to communicate in a unified language.

 

  • Improves learning and memorizing abilities. Recent clinical studies have shown that movement therapy helps individuals solidify implicit learning and consolidate new memories and changes.

 

  • Raising awareness and educating on challenging subjects such as conflict, abuse, human trafficking, prostitution or child labour.

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OUR APPROACH

We aspire to collaborate with humanitarian organisations that have recognized and implemented art therpay in the field such as UNHCR, Red Cross and Save the Children.

 

6 STEP APPROACH

Our 6 steps approach is tailored to compliment and enhance the educational and psychosocial frameworks of existing local organisations :

 

1. INSPIRE political and government commitments so that art therapy is viewed as a priority during crises.

2. GENERATE additional funding to help the millions of people in need access better mental health and psychosocial care.

 

3. PLAN AND RESPOND collaboratively with the appropriate art therapy programs that enable

our humanitarian actors to intervene in the field.

 

4. STRENGHTEN capacity to respond with the most efficient methods thanks to the help of our evaluation framework program

 

5. SUSTAIN engagement to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of our beneficiaries

 

6. FEEDBACK about each experienced mandate with a reflective report on each collaborative field intervention

 

OUR PROGRAM 

It is essential for us to engage a sustainable positive transformation on our beneficiaries lives.

 

We offer :

  • WORKSHOPS - One week of full-time art therapy on required themes and problem solving.

  • TRAIN THE TRAINER FRAMEWORK - Three day immersion that provides specific training for caregivers and educators to ensure they can include an artistic and creative dimension into their work plans.

  • CLINICAL GROUP MANDATES – Weekly sessions for a two month period for groups on specific issues.

  • PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION PROGRAM - Two weeks full-time, three times per year.

  • BUILDING CULTURAL BRIDGES - One week artist residency program.

  • COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENTS - Collaborations on specific events such as art fairs, humanitarian workshops and fundraising events aimed at raising awareness.

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WHAT IS ART THERAPY 

The efficiency of art therapy, as a clinical response to neuroscientific research has been shown to be one of the most innovative and creative psychosocial strategies of our times.

As such, numerous private and public schools, hospitals and humanitarian organisations such as UNHCR, Red Cross and Save The Children are implementing Art Therapy programs into their structures. 

 

Our art therapists are accredited by ARAET and ARTECURA, Swiss Organizations for Art Therapy and certified by ASCA, Swiss Health Institution for Complementary Medicines which allows our beneficiaries to be paid back by most health insurances.

 

Within Art For Peace, we use visual arts, movement, theater and music as a medium to engage the creative process which boosts the individual in a self reflective, empowering, and transformative journey. 

As an innovative human support method using art tools as a medium to empower and bring healing to human beings, art therapy impacts are long lasting and can be life-changing, benefitting participants as well as those around them.

 

What Art Therapy is NOT:

  • Making mandalas in a sketch book.

  • Reserved for artists only.

  • An art class.

 

 

BENEFITS

 

Art therapy as a clinical response to mental health needs brings concrete, fast and profound results on the individual’s well being. Whether as a child, an adult or an elder, Art Therapy is a powerful restorative creative process that transforms the lives of its beneficiaries and their communities for the better and in a long lasting manner:

  • Improving early childhood development.

  • Improving self-expression through the universal language of art.

  • Creating opportunity to embody resilience, a balanced lifestyle and self-empowerment

  • Reducing PTSD symptoms, stress and traumas

  • Regaining a sense of control

  • Stimulating creativity and imagination

  • Increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and hope

  • Developing inter personal and communication skills

  • Learning behavior managing

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« Art is a wound turned into light. » Georges Braque

Mark Twain

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