Healing yourself is connected with healing others. ~ Yoko Ono
The founder of today’s organization healed herself and has since turned to heal many others. In May of 2008, a helicopter crash on Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California, killed three people and injured the other three people on board. Laura Sharpe was one of those three survivors. She had 43 broken bones and burns on more than 40 percent of her body. She spent four weeks in a coma and endured multiple skin grafts and the partial amputation of her foot.
Just three short years after her traumatic accident, she co-created The Laura Project, a collaboration with five artists in Southern California. The project portrays the crash and her recovery in a variety of mediums including photographs, film, sculpture, paintings, dance, and music.
In an article on the project in the Ventura County Star, Laura said, “It was such a spiritual engagement and so helpful for my healing process. It’s about how you can make art from tragedy, something beautiful and artistic from the negative occurrences of life.”
After her experience of using art to assist in her healing and feeling compelled to help other trauma survivors through recovery, Laura founded Artists for Trauma. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines. They aim to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection. Artists for Trauma provides a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self-acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.
Watch Laura tell her own story in the video below.
How can you help?
Volunteers are needed throughout the United States.
- If you are a trauma survivor, you can sign up to become a student artist. Learn more on their website.
- If you are an artist, you can sign up to be a volunteer artist to assist trauma survivors. Volunteers are needed all across the United States. You can learn more and sign up here.
- You can also make a financial donation on the organization’s website. Donations fund the equipment, supplies, and community outreach among other things to support the work of the organization.
- If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can help Artists for Trauma at a an event on Saturday, May 4th, from 11:00
AM-1:00 PM in Los Angeles. There is always room for more volunteers
so if you would like to join in and participate in this fun, creative day, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.