Trauma - Informed Art & Storytelling Workshops
I provide workshops in the art of storytelling through various artistic mediums including painting, poetry/spoken word, theatre/movement, and more.
Like any story, my own art involves a transformative process of layering – a layering of mediums, colors, patterns, textures, narratives, and experiences- and an illuminating process of uncovering - an uncovering of emotions, meanings, and worlds.
All workshops are trauma-informed to work with survivors of war, violence, and other forms of persecution. While workshops may be therapeutic, they are not synonymous nor a substitute for therapy.
Moderated and organized panel, “Resist to Exist Through Creative Collaborations,” and co-created installation as part of the AM series
Jan 2018 - May 2018
Voices of Now, Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, Arena Stage
Provided psychosocial support during weekly rehearsals of the Voices of Now: Wendt Center Ensemble at the Arena Stage for teenage artists developing a performance about their feelings, thoughts, memories and experiences related to death-related losses in their lives
Jan 2017 – Oct 2017
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Served as a consultant and artist-in-residence working on the following projects:
Designed and developed a book that elevated the voices of teenage girls on sexual assault and the juvenile justice system through facilitation of trauma-informed youth workshops combining multi-media storytelling and advocacy training
Co-designed and co-facilitated story-telling workshop with The Sanctuaries DC and Storyteller’s Ink.
See here for the final spoken word and visual poem written by Shehariah Johnson, a domestic violence survivor and here for an exclusive behind the scenes video
Facilitated trainings for domestic violence advocates on trauma-informed, survivor-led engagement initiatives
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Sanctuaries DC Art for Social Change Fellowship Program
Jan 2012 (Month Intensive)