I was sent this article by a friend who knows how hard we have been pushing for the recognition of existing toxic stress in epidemic proportions. Finally!
Who We Are
We make art in order not to die from the truth.
Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is a U.S. 501c3 non-profit organization designed to serve the personal story and address the trauma it may contain. Our work is educational and skills driven -- grounded in thirty years of community based experience.
We use photos, interviews, and teach guided writing (Writing Through the Body). For those people for whom revealing identity is unsafe or who are non-literate, they are offered an opportunity to build a multi-media piece to contain and share the story in an abstract or symbolic form. Our goal is Witnessing and facilitating the creation of a coherent narrative for our students as they move with us toward well-being and resilience.
Following from our initial work with Story, we collaborate with students to create a culturally relevant Self-Care program facilitated by them.