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Art Transforming Trauma

aka AWBW   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.awbw.org

Mission

To empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma through a transformative healing arts program.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Zachery Scott

Founder

Cathy Salser

Main address

1029 1/2 W 24th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

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EIN

95-4448606

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, up to 70% of people will be impacted by trauma in their lifetime, and up to 43% experience trauma by the age of 18. Trauma is one of the biggest threats to the brain and well-being of children and adults, as well as the health and safety of the greater community. As more is learned about trauma and its long-term health impacts, the need for trauma-informed programs to promote healing in a safe environment is increasingly recognized. As a result, AWBW's accessible and transformative healing arts program is even more sought after.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Windows Program

By creating art in Windows workshops, participants are provided a safe environment to express themselves and tell their stories, build resilience, identify and name emotions, self-regulate, gain a stronger sense of self-worth and much more.

AWBW trains staff at partnering human service providers to facilitate these trauma-informed hands-on workshops. We support Windows Facilitators in a variety of ways, including access to over 600 workshops in our ever-evolving curriculum and ongoing consultations.

Facilitators share back successes, challenges and innovations in relation to the workshops they hold. This feedback contributes to the greater expertise of AWBW’s community of partner agencies and facilitators across the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2011

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Windows Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AWBW partners with human service organizations throughout the country to deliver our healing arts curriculum to their communities.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Windows Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of adults and children who participated in at least one AWBW workshop in the prior year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AWBW follows a trauma-informed approach, acknowledging that trauma is prevalent and the impacts are far reaching. Our goal is to provide a resource & the opportunity to create art in a safe environment that can empower individuals and communities throughout the healing process. Creating art, particularly in community, can open windows of safety, self-expression and connection that those who have been affected by violence and trauma may not experience through other processes or in other settings. As art therapy is often not accessible or affordable in many places, we are a resource for human service agencies to provide art as a healing tool in a safe and productive way. Creating art is a great first step in the healing process. It helps participants safely open up about their experiences and begin to envision the possibilities for their futures. Participants often share they feel empowered to take concrete steps forward in their lives as a result of the art workshops.

In order to provide workshops that are accessible, impactful and relevant to all participants, AWBW has cultivated a community of practice by partnering with human service agencies across the country. Staff already working at these organizations are trained by AWBW and receive ongoing support as they facilitate our arts curriculum. They also share successes, challenges and innovations back to AWBW, which are then shared with the rest of the network to strengthen our collective expertise. Our training and support includes the following areas:

1)Training opportunities: Increase number of training opportunities to include both two-day in-person, as well as virtual training options. We also provide enrichment trainings on special topics for ongoing facilitators.

2) Increase the number of training scholarships available to smaller, lower budget human service organizations.

AWBW is a leading national organization offering comprehensive training and ongoing support to over 350 domestic violence (DV) and trauma service agencies implementing healing art programs for 76,000 child and adult survivors. AWBW occupies a unique niche in the compendium of services. Utilizing trauma-informed arts workshops, AWBW supplies a proven curriculum developed over 30 years of experience that improves service delivery, intensifies clinical counseling and often assists our partner agencies in serving their hardest to reach clients. By sharing innovations and best approaches to addressing trauma through the art process with these partner agencies, we are able to maximize the talents and experience of all, deepening and expanding our collective expertise.

Since our founding in 1991 we have grown from partnering with one domestic violence shelter serving women, to now partnering over 350 human service agencies with a network of 900+ facilitators active in our program, to reach 76,000 adults and children ever year. We began our work with women and their children who were impacted by domestic violence. As the demand for our program has continued to grow, we now partner with agencies reaching survivors overcoming a variety of traumatic experiences including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, substance abuse, foster youth, at-risk youth in schools, gang-impacted youth, incarcerated adults and youth, the homeless, survivors of sex trafficking, and many others.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shelley MacKay

Liberty Hill Foundation

Term: 2023 - 2025

Stacia Kato

Capital Group

Sunny Cho

City of Los Angeles

Yvonne Hsieh

Bruin Lake, Inc.

Richard Crowe

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

La Shonda Coleman, LCSW

Pepperdine University

LaVette Eaddy

Project Jumpstart

Evie Tuft

McKinsey Consulting

Zachery Scott

AWBW

Esperanza Evans

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.