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

Mission: A Window Between Worlds uses art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

Results: For 24 years, A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) has centered our work in the field of domestic violence, providing art interventions for over 159,000 women and their children. Our partner agencies recognize how effective our workshops are in healing trauma and building resilience, and strong results have created an even higher demand for our workshops in shelters and beyond. Today AWBW is being asked to share our healing art curriculum with new partners. We are at a unique crossroads ready to explore new collaborations using art to create safety, healing and change.

Target demographics: survivors of trauma including domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, returning combat veterans and their families, the homeless, the mentally ill and others.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014, AWBW worked with 928 Leaders serving over 20,700 women, men and children in 30 states.

Geographic areas served: A Window Between Worlds uses art to transform trauma, creating a life changing space for safety, connection and healing. We make art accessible by serving as a hub of innovation, partnering with domestic violence shelters, sexual assault agencies, veterans organizations and other community sites using art to emwpoer healthy transformations.

Programs: AWBW is the only national organization offering comprehensive training and ongoing support to domestic violence and other trauma recovery programs wishing to develop and implement permanent healing art programs for adults and children who have experienced violence. These highly effective workshops utilize hands-on arts experiences, as well as embodied art and movement, to provide a safe environment for survivors to open up expression, release painful feelings and start the healing process in a supportive, trauma-informed environment.

Community Stories

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.