My life’s work is supporting girls’ artistic expression by encouraging them to express who they are and who they dream of becoming. Like many others, I came to social justice work with my own personal challenges. When I was an adolescent a traumatic, deeply terrifying and disorienting event fundamentally changed me . I was lucky. I was raised in a highly creative environment and able to turn to painting because I didn’t feel safe confiding in anyone around me, and didn’t have the words to identify, let alone express what I felt even to myself.
Our Core Values
COMMUNITY: Community is a resource in and of itself. We support resilient conflict-affected communities in their rebuilding because we know individuals are only as resilient as their communities are.
COLLABORATION: We harness the power of creative collaboration as a positive tool for collective action for recovery at both the personal and community level.
CREATIVITY: We catalyze the creativity of young people through art, to guide and build personal growth and transform their circumstances.
JOY: Joy can be a gamechanger when trying to overcome trauma. It supports mental health and builds resilience. We cultivate joyful exploration and expression of the imagination through both personal and public art.
DIGNITY: Young people, especially survivors of war, conflict, rape, and violence, who are emerging from trauma deserve full and kind consideration. We engage with dignity and respect to ensure that human dignity in our services always remains fully intact
OPTIMISM: Our vision is to help young people shape their future despite the adversity of their current circumstances. To do so, we invest in helping them articulate their aspirations, and visions as a driver for creating their future and that of their communities.
BELONGING: Belonging translates into inclusion and generates confidence. We emphasize connection to others and the feeling of belonging to discover something larger through shared values, responsibilities, and interests.
To mark World Mental Health Day, Culture Trip celebrates the work of five visual artists from Africa whose work creates awareness surrounding mental health issues on the continent.
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Reports and Financials
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