The following regional, national and international non-profit art and healing organizations use art and art programs to help individuals, their communities, and society at large. They work tirelessly to advocate positive change in the world. Please note: Most of the descriptions of the organizations came from their mission statements on their websites. Please visit their websites for additional information.
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Addiction and Art
Addiction And Art addictionandart.org shows the complexities of Addiction and Recovery through selected imagery on its site and also made available as downloads for use by schools, drug treatment centers, community organizations, addiction science professionals, medical professionals and the general public. Images are donated by artists to be shared for the good of mankind. Addiction and Art also presents exhibitions at professional substance abuse conferences and in local communities.
American Art Therapy Association
The American Art therapy Association arttherapy.org is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.
American Healing Arts Foundation
Located in Arizona, this foundation americanhealingartsfoundation.com promotes the use and application of art as therapy for the benefit of the Public. In particular it provides a health and spiritual benefit to U.S. Veterans and other first Responders who offer service to their country and community. It promotes research, educates the Public, and encourages the use of art as a creative and restorative tool for full re-entry into the community.
Art Feeds artfeeds.org believes all children are artists. We exist to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, we provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms
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Art For Healing Foundation
The Art for Healing Foundation artforhealingfoundation.org is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the healing power of art to hospitals and wellness facilities, transforming otherwise sterile public and patient areas into inspiring environments that encourage a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.
Art For Life Foundation
Each year Art For Life artforlife.org helps more than 20,00 children and their families. Its programs “help kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis” and empowers them from an early age “to embrace art as a way of expressing how they feel during what is a very scary and difficult time for them.”
Art in Healthcare
The mission of Art in Healthcare artinhealthcare.org.uk is for original, contemporary art to be accessible to everyone in care environments for the enhancement of health and wellbeing. We will work towards this by sourcing, placing and managing art collections, and encouraging creativity to improve the lives of people across Scotland.
Art Therapy Project
The Art Therapy Project thearttherapyproject.org is dedicated to helping trauma survivors through the creative process. Centered around challenges of Family, Violence and Health, we are the only nonprofit in New York dedicated solely to providing guided art therapy to those seeking hope and support. We go beyond traditional talk therapy. Our clients and art therapists work together to turn negative energy positive.
Artists For Trauma (AFT)
AFT artistsfortrauma.org is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines. It was founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, inspired by her personal journey to recovery, in which she connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds.
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks artworkscincinnati.org is an award-winning non-profit organization in Cincinnati, that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.
ArtWorks ~ The Naomi Cohain Foundation
ArtWorks, artworksfoundation.org located in Englewood, NJ, provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.
The Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA)
ACATA acata.org.au maintains professional standards for the practice of creative arts therapies in Australia. ACATA provides professional representation, support and communication networks for its members. ACATA aims to forge links between the creative arts therapies and the broader community.
Barefoot Artists barefootartists.org “brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture.”
Barr barrfoundation.org is a private foundation. “From our home in Boston, Massachusetts, we engage in three principal areas: Arts & Culture, Climate, and Education. We focus regionally, and selectively engage nationally. We are also concluding a Global program in 2015. Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and cultural potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.”
Bereavement Artists bereavementartists.com was founded in 2011, by Colorado artists Teresa Dunwell, Gina Klawitter and Anita Larson, to fill a need for the bereaved community to have a comprehensive, easy-to find, resource of bereavement art services. Membership is open to working artists creating original, custom artwork specifically for those who have suffered a loss.
Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)
CHAP chap.name/ in Oregon, brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. Its healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen encourage and inspire.
The Crayon Initiative
The Crayon Initiative thecrayoninitiative.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with the resources to express their creativity and individuality through the arts.
Creative Arts and Aging Network
This organization artfulaging.blogspot.com exists “to promote avenues and opportunities for all elders, artists and people in the aging network to explore the arts and humanities as a means of life enhancement.”
The Creative Center
The Creative Center at University Settlement thecreativecenter.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in New York, NY, dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. Founded in 1994 on the belief that “medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit.”
EcoArt South Florida
The mission of EcoArt South Florida ecoartsofla.org is to encourage ecological health and decrease negative human impact through the rapid expansion of EcoArt in each of South Florida’s five watersheds. EcoArt SoFla implements our goal to catalyze the development of South Florida as a major center for EcoArt practice through collaboration with communities in each watershed
Foundation For Art and Healing
The mission of the Foundation artandhealing.org is “to explore the fundamental connection between the art and healing process, while providing active, ongoing support to communities and individuals”, Dr. Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, founder and president.
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals
Founded by Elaine Poggi, the unique mission of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals healingphotoart.org is to place large, framed photographs of nature and beautiful places from around the world in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers.
The Fountain Gallery fountaingallerynyc.com is the premier venue in NYC representing artists with mental illness. The gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators, and cultural institutions.
Free Arts for Children
Free Arts for Children freearts.org was born out of the determination of two women Carolyn Sargent and Elda Unger who knew well the inherent therapeutic value of the arts. They conduct programs that inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness.
Free Arts NYC
Free Arts NYC freeartsnyc.org is a volunteer based non-profit organization established to bring the healing power of the arts to children and families who face poverty, homelessness, and other risk factors.
Helping Elevate thru Art & Love (HEAL) healart.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting people and the organizations that support them. empowers people in need to engage in creative art sessions. These sessions are a positive and rewarding experience to the participant offering a respite from the realities of illness or other life challenging situations.
The Healing Arts Program
The Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System atlantichealth.org/healingarts provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing and visual arts to AHS patients, staff and the communities we serve. Healing Arts offers over 30 programs and events, including therapies in literary, visual and performing arts, reaching over 8,000 people annually across Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area.
HEART: Save The Children
Save the Children savethechildren.org created HEART , an education approach that brings the proven power of artistic expression – drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more – to children in need around the world. HEART helps children heal emotionally and learn critical skills.
Healing Farms Retreat and Integrated Recovery Services Inc. aka Healing Farms, healingfarms.org, is a non profit corporation founded by Andre L. Beaudoin in August of 2007 to provide the combined power of all healing practices and modalities to anyone who needs them.
International Arts in Healthcare
The International Art in Healthcare facebook.com/IntlArtsHealthCare is a U.S. 501 c3 and Colorado charity that works in Kenya. The IAH mission is to offer sustainable expressive arts therapy training for staff working in refugee camps and other remote areas in Kenya.
International League of Conservation Photographers
The International League of Conservation Photographers conservationphotographers.org, is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is “to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography… to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, fauna, flora, and/or cultural traditions are in peril from human activity.”
Kids & Art Foundation
This nonprofit organization kidsandart.org “provides Arts workshops to children with cancer and their care circles to improve their well-being during treatment, as survivors, and in bereavement.” Professional artists help families facing pediatric cancer with free art workshops at treatment centers and other locations.
The KIND Institute
The KIND Institute kindinstitute.org is non-profit after school arts program for children as well as a gallery space with studios used by professional artists. Young children have access to education in visual arts, music, and language. Our goal is to mold students into inventive adults, with the skills to perform as leaders in their community.
The Laundromat Project
Based in Harlem, NY, The Laundromat Project laundromatproject.org supports artists to create new, community-engaged work based in laundromats. “We amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.”
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MASSCreative mass-creative.org works with creative leaders, working artists, arts educators and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected, and creative communities.
The Foundation for Military Veterans in Production (MVP Foundation) mvp-foundation.org is a charitable corporation, based in Los Angeles, CA, founded by Iraq War veteran Brian J. Martin. “We sponsor writing competitions and creative projects to help tell the stories of American military veterans and give life to the dreams of our nation’s heroes.”
National Center For Creative Aging
The National Center for Creative Aging creativeaging.org “is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.”
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military was launched by Americans for the Arts www.americansforthearts.org. It advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.
Ocean Artists Society
Ocean Artists Society oceanartistssociety.org was founded by the well-known environmental artist Wyland. The organization “uses ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to preserve our natural world.”
Paintings in Hospitals
Established in London in 1959, Paintings in Hospitals paintingsinhospitals.org.uk, uses visual art to create environments that improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users, carers and the public. The organization works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Pure Vision Arts (PVA)
Pure Vision Arts purevisionarts.org is Manhattan’s first specialized art studio and exhibition space for artists with autism and other developmental disabilities. It provides studio space, art materials, exhibition opportunities, and career development for artists of all levels, and much more. It was founded in 2002 by The Shield Institute, a not-for-profit human-service agency that educates and supports New Yorkers with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Rogue Foundation roguefoundation.org has a mission to empower children in conflict zones around the world by giving them the tools and encouragement to create art and, by extension, to seek creative solutions to their challenges.
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Founded in 1996, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts smithcenter.org (formerly Smith Farm) is a Washington, DC-based health, education, and arts organization. We offer programs for the community and specialize in serving people with cancer and utilizing the arts in healing.
Splashes of Hope
Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope splashesofhope.org is dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing. Our custom-designed murals and other artistic projects bring smiles to the faces of patients, staff and visitors of medical and social service facilities worldwide. This positive impact inspires others to join our mission.
Studio in a School
The mission of Studio in a School studioinaschool.org is “To foster the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. To collaborate with and develop the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools. It works exclusively with the visual arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpting, and photography. This commitment to programs solely in the visual arts has enabled the organization to develop a unique expertise in the field of arts education.”
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute trauma-informedpractice.com is dedicated to teaching trauma-informed, expressive arts-based intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and principles of positive psychology.
The Veterans Art Foundation (VAF)
This is a non profit art foundation, veteransartfoundation.wordpress.com based in Connecticut started in 2009 by Michael Hawley, an Iraq War veteran. “Our mission is to provide programs and services that allow veterans to heal through the arts. Whether it is through film, music, writing, photography or painting, our goal is to assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life.”
Well Arts Institute
Well Arts wellarts.org is a nonprofit, arts organization in Portland, OR, that explores the health of our community and its members through the reflective lens of the arts. Its mission is to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means of wellness.
Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD)
Focusing on women’s unique perspectives the purpose of WEAD weadartists.org is: “To provide information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others.”
Youth Art For Healing
Youth Art For Healing youthartforhealing.org, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring works of art created by youth into healthcare environments to provide a sense of comfort, inspiration and healing for patients and their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.
Sell Your Art in the Healthcare Art Market, the best most comprehensive resource for artists who want to sell their art in this growing field. To get this e-Book visit http://www.renee-phillips.com