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A Window Between Worlds

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Mental Health, Visual Arts, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to cultivating and supporting a network of transformative arts programs that empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

Results: Over 25 years, more than 200,000 children, women and men have participated in A Window Between Worlds healing arts workshops at partnering organizations across the country.

Target demographics: children, women and men affected by violence and trauma, including domestic violence and at-risk children and youth, veterans and their families, marginalized communities, those receiving mental health services, and others.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, AWBW worked with 1,284 facilitators at 365 locations, reaching 32,394 participants.

Geographic areas served: AWBW partners with shelters, outreach centers, schools and other human service agencies across the US. Nearly 70% of our programs are in California, with close to 40% in the Los Angeles area.

Programs: AWBW offers trainings, stipends, curriculum, supplies and support in launching and sustaining arts programming to partnering organizations our focus is providing facilitators with the trauma-informed tools needed to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for participants to express themselves in new ways, to find new solutions to the challenges they face, and to discover renewed hope in moving forward.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lin M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A single art program offered through A Window Between Worlds changes lives. I know, because I am forever changed as a result of a simple exercise offered during a board meeting 10 years ago! I am a survivor of both childhood violence and as a married woman. I had the courage to run away from home at 17 and then from an abusive marriage. My commitment to healing and paying it forward led me to Windows, where I found a deeper level of healing than I had ever expected! As 2010 International Coach of the Year, I work with international organizations of all types. Without a doubt, Windows is one of the most efficient, effective and life changing nonprofits I have ever been involved with. It is with profound gratitude that I recommend AWBW for the Women's Empowerment Awards 2012.