Art Saves Lives uses the Fine Arts as a platform and vehicle for creating the opportunity to effect positive change in the lives of lower income women and children. Our organization uniquely provides this opportunity, via the universal language of the Fine Arts, for underserved and challenged populations, particularly those impacted by homelessness*(*homelessness is the absence of emotional and physical safety, protection and loving support; it is the absence of the ingredients necessary to thrive).
We strive to reconnect individuals to their personal resilience and purpose. We endeavor to fan the flame of each person’s faltering vitality and hope. Our vision is based on the belief that there is exponential power in “saving one life” and we have experienced this success in the short three year history of our organization. We have witnessed Camillia Holman, our first “single life saved”, instill, guide and rekindle hope in others. We have watched dormant courage and tenacity come back to life. Hope begets hope begets proactivity begets change and exponential “paying it forward” is set in motion. The people who participate as performers and outreach leaders in Art Saves Lives are all survivors of homelessness. The use of story, shared through the universal barrier breaking language of the Fine Arts, transcends all boundaries, be they socioeconomic or cultural. Loss is the same in any language, anywhere, and healing is possible.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us: it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear: our presence automatically liberates others.”
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own”