The Art of Survival exists to create a safe-space for survivors. We believe in the positive impact of storytelling, empowerment through creativity, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Through sharing personal stories, we hope that survivors will allow themselves take back power and control of their own bodies and experiences. Through reading the experiences of others, we hope to decrease the sense of isolation in survivors. Through creating art free-of-charge for each storyteller based on their personal form of resilience, we hope to create a sense of community support and love.
During its debut, The Art of Survival is participating in Sexual Assault Awareness month by focusing on stories from survivors of sexual violence. Throughout the project, we hope to also focus on survivors of suicide attempts, domestic and intimate partner violence, violent crime, and more.
We are also looking forward to the opportunity to host online D.I.Y. art-therapy nights where artists can teach viewers or participants their techniques, in hopes that folks can take those techniques and create their own works of art to help them work through and overcome obstacles.
We believe in resiliency. We believe in art. We believe in you.
If you are an artist interested in joining our team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig Bidiman | Art & Story Organizer, Artist, Founder
Craig is the Health Education and Wellness Promotion Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds an MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Craig has extensive work as a facilitator on issues related to sexual violence, bystander intervention, masculinity education, consent, and sexual health and wellness.
Craig's dedication to this cause comes as a man committed to educating other men on the realities of consent, sexual assault, and being vulnerable by discussing issues of mental health. It is imperative that if we are to change the discourse on mental health in our society, that we NEED to be open and honest when we discuss what it looks like to fail, succeed, and survive.
He has firsthand learned the beauty of art therapy and the impact it has on healing through trauma. Craig lives with depression, anxiety, suicidality, addiction, and ADHD. All of these issues stick with him on a daily basis. Art allows him to forget these things and be creative with his energy.
Katy Hamm | Graphics, Artist, Founder
Katy currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Activities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [Fun-Fact - Lesley is the university in which Art Therapy was founded!] They wear many hats within the office on top of overseeing New-Student Orientation the Campus Activities Board, and leading sexual assault prevention programming efforts.
Katy holds a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Saint Cloud State University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and Photography with a Journalism minor from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Katy's interest in resilience and art-therapy stem from personal experience in using creativity to overcome trauma. Their stories will be featured within the project, as they believe that storytelling is the easiest way to advocate not only for oneself but for others as well.