Mission: The ArtReach Foundation is committed to healing adults and children suffering from trauma associated with war or natural disaster through the use of the creative expressive arts. ArtReach professional teams work with teachers and public health staff to organize, develop and provide resources for programs that offer creative problem-solving and expressive arts activities.
Target demographics: children who have experienced trauma.
Geographic areas served: assisting, through creative arts therapies, the growth and development
Programs: Newest initiative is ArtReach Haiti. The initiative provides psycho-social training for teachers and NGO workers. Our initial program 2000-2004 was ArtReach Bosnia - A five-year commitment which established a fully integrated, nationwide, expressive arts program that benefitted children of trauma. ArtReach Bosnia provided psycho-social training for 492 Bosnian teachers and was administered in the regions of Sarajevo, Gorazde, Tuzla and Brcko District. In addition, a "train the trainers" program was also established which encouraged sustainability. In the first years of operation, over 275,000 children and teachers in Bosnia benefited from experiencing ArtReach programs and worked towards recovery from their deep wounds. The workshops provide training in how to use creative activities within a program known as the ArtReach Model, building hope, empowerment and wellbeing to ultimately help break the cycle of violence and envision the possibility of peace and safety.
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I am a registered art therapist and have done three trips with The ArtReach Foundation. I have gone twice to Bosnia and was part of the pilot program in Haiti in May of this year. My experiences with ArtReach have been fabulous! The leaders are very professional and I always felt safe with the group. They arranged all the flights and details of our meals and lodging. While I worked very hard during the two weeks I served, ArtReach always had relaxing and cultural activities planned for our teams on the weekends. What a bonus considering the trauma we managed during the week.
ArtReach has worked successfully for 15 years and is recognized internationally as a model organization for helping children that have endured trauma . The information, training, experience, and personal relationships ArtReach has brought to people of various countries has transformed the lives of thousands. Their therapeutic approach based on the combination of the expressive arts is magical. This organization is tops in my opinion.
Hats off to founder Susan Anderson for the first 15 year of vision and perseverance to make ArtReach such a success. Martha Henson, the new executive director of ArtReach, did a fantastic job on her first pilot program to Haiti.