Cultivating Creators and Evoking Excellence.
Art from Ashes gives the gift of expression, confidence, and creativity one workshop at a time.
Art from Ashes and Catherine O’Neill Thorn help young people and adults discover their voices through poetry and writing workshops. The program helps keep AfA participants off the streets, guiding them through transformational creative workshops wherein each attendee writes a poem, freely associating in 3 minutes. The poems are moments of pure declaration, moments of ownership of the written word and for the author of his or her own life. There is science to back up Art from Ashes’ impact, too. Writing therapy has been used for decades to guide people with post-traumatic stress and other emotional complications to open their minds to what they say and think, but even more importantly, to how they say it, and what it really means. Art from Ashes is a cocoon. And every person who enters leaves the place feeling, at least a little, transformed.
But the most important endorsement comes from one of the graduates we spoke with: “It saved my life, literally saved my life."