AUSTIN, Texas -- “Beautiful.”… “A much needed service.”… “Thank you for this resource.”
These are a few of the remarks received in response to a recent effort to help bridge services for underserved survivors of gender and racial violence.
July 1, marked the debut of www.arte-sana.com, a bilingual website that and offers practical information on the use of culture and art for community education and in direct victim services. In its first month of service, the site has welcomed over 2,000 visitors and has received positive feedback from victim services advocates and other professionals throughout the United States as well as Latin America.
“We are very pleased with the response we have received. We are especially thrilled to be coordinating with so many Latina activists who have expressed their frustration on the lack of Spanish language resources,” said Oralia Diaz, who serves as the webmaster.
Consequently, arte-sana.com hopes to promote the development of gender violence prevention strategies and programs for Spanish speakers in the U.S. as well as offer a space for networking with Latin American women’s human rights advocates.
The site also hopes to encourage the link between art, healing, and self-empowerment. The website's Virtual Gallery will continue to feature theme-based art exhibits that will highlight survivor and advocate art. Information detailing the use of art in healing is also included.
We encourage everyone to help spread our message either by placing a link on your own site, or simply referring our webpage to a friend(s).
About Arte Sana
Arte Sana (art heals) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping underserved survivors of racial and gender-based violence. As a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in Austin, TX, Arte Sana promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana believes that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate and are committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).