The following nonprofit organizations, headquartered in the Puget Sound region, have received capacity building grants from the Cedarmere Foundation. We invite you to visit their websites to learn more about the important work they do, both here in our community and around the world.
Photograph above courtesy of the Children's Alliance.
2017 Grant Recipients:
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Art With Heart
WHO WE ARE:
For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been spreading the healing power of creative expression to kids experiencing trauma or adversity. Our therapeutic activity books for youth, and resources for the adults who serve them transform pain into possibility for young people around the world. Now in our third decade, we’ll reach 3.5 million more kids through our innovative online learning community and through collaboration with many personal, unique partnerships. artwithheart.org.
WHAT WE DO:
Art with Heart envisions a world where all children who have experienced trauma can turn their pain into possibility. We create books that lead children through a therapeutic journey that encourages social emotional learning and the development of lifelong coping skills. Our books are created with the help of an advisory board composed of mental health professionals who ensure that we’re creating in-depth, powerful resources for children and the adults who serve them. In twenty years, we’ve served over 150,000 children facing difficult circumstances.In order to reach the greatest number of children in need, we:
In order to reach the greatest number of children in need, we:Create curricula and run
- Create curricula and run trainings built for mental health professionals, youth-serving adults, Child Life Specialists, and grief counselors. Our “train the trainer” model allows adults to bring these products back to their organizations and advocate for their use after experiencing the power of expressive arts firsthand.
- Respond to community-wide crises with our burgeoning Crisis Recovery Program. After being called upon after Hurricane Katrina, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Oso Mudslide, we’re creating a comprehensive recovery program from our learnings after these events and working with partners to see that children aren’t forgotten after local disasters occur.
- Pilot programs locally to understand what works and what needs revision. You can find us in Seattle Public Schools, at residences for youth in foster care, at Boys & Girls clubs, and summer camps for children affected by cancer. By partnering with organizations that can identify the children most in need of our resources, we build community rather than reinventing the wheel.
After Amina’s father died in an accident, she was allowed only one day to grieve. Her school counselor observed her holding her throat as if drowning on the playground and responded with one of our books. When she realized that Amina was still grieving, she showed the book to Amina’s mother, who was resistant to traditional counseling. It was only after seeing Amina’s copy of Ink About It that she agreed to let Amina get the help she so desperately needed.