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Arte Sana has been nationally recognized as the innovative leader in the field of Latina/o sexual violence prevention. Since 2001 we have offered professional training and created resource tools that have made a real difference in the lives of those working to end sexual violence in our Latino communities across the country.

We believe 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).

We do this through our work in the following three areas:
Professional Training & Education

Professional training and technical assistance: Arte Sana provides professional training to victim advocates and allied professionals, structured education sessions for youth, and community pláticas to youth and adults in both English and Spanish. In Arte Sana’s first nine years of service 33% of the training and presentation participants received the information in Spanish.

Visit the Arte Sana in Action page for a year-by-year listing of sessions and partner host agencies.
Since its inception in 2001, Arte Sana has offered individual workshops and full-day training sessions to numerous state sexual assault coalitions and at national training events including:

  • Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (2001)
  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2001)
  • Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2001)
  • SART First National Training Conference, Texas (2001)
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Color of Violence II, Illinois (2002)
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2002)
  • CDC, Illinois Coalition Against SA National Conference (2002)
  • CALCASA Technical Assistance Institute for the Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program, New Jersey (2002)
  • Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (2002)
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault annual conference (2003)
  • Missouri Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2003)
  • North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2003, 2004)
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 11th National Conference – Radical Organizing for Change in Colorado (2004)
  • Care Statewide Latina Advocate's training / meeting, Indiana (2004)
  • Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2005)
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2006)
  • Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (2006)
  • Fourth National SART Training Conference (2007)
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (2007)
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2007)
  • Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2007)
  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2008)
  • Florida Council Against Domestic Violence (2009)

Arte Sana offers training and technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Strategy development for improving outreach efforts to under-served populations: cultural considerations, community mapping, outreach planning, and grassroots collaborations are covered.
  • Culturally-Competent Program Development:
    Educación popular, training and evaluation tools are offered for original and replicable program models developed and tested by Latinas for Latinas.
  • Media & Art Campaign Support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM):
    Arte Sana offers focus group tested PSA development, Spanish language outreach materials and art campaign support.
    In 2003, Arte Sana developed the first bilingual SAAM toolkit that has been distributed nationally.  This resource is available by contacting us via e-mail. 

Scheduling and Fees: Arte Sana offers full day and half day workshops at an hourly rate plus travel, lodging, and per diem.   Due to the demand for out-of state training, Arte Sana requests that interested agencies complete and submit via e-mail a Speaker Request Form to us via e-mailConsulting fees will be determined on a case by case basis.

Capacitadoras en Acción: Arte Sana has also provided extensive outreach to the Texas/Mexico border through its innovative Capacitadoras en Acción project which provides training to adult Latinas, promotoras, as well as other social service professionals, so that they may share information about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and local victim service programs within Latino communities.

The Use of Technology - online advocacy and activism: debuted in July 2001 and serves as a leading victim advocacy resource-sharing platform for Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. and abroad with its growing collection of information on sexual assault and intimate partner violence issues. Through its virtual gallery, the site encourages the link between art, healing and self-empowerment. Features include theme-based art exhibits that highlight survivor and advocate art. Information detailing the use of art in healing is also included. Another unique feature is a comprehensive listing of pop culture music that is broken down into theme categories such as “unhealthy relationships,” and “moving on” songs that can be used by those who work with youth to address relationship criteria in risk reduction work.

Existe ayuda/Help exists: Due to the numerous requests for victim service information from Latina survivors, Arte Sana felt the need to compile a list of victim services groups that provide services in Spanish across the nation. In January 2004, Arte Sana added a Spanish-language victim service directory to their website. The listing currently includes information from over 23 states and over 70 rape crisis centers and programs that offer services in Spanish as well as additional service information from Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The site also includes helpful information on victim rights and support in Spanish. This new historic resource was made possible through the cooperation of advocates from across the U.S. and beyond and is an example of victim rights activism as it was created without any private or governmental financial support.

ALAS: National Latina advocate listserv : In a further effort to make further use of technology, Arte Sana created the ALAS (Latina Alliance Against Sexual Aggression) listserv in February 2004. As a national Latina advocate resource-sharing group that focuses on cultural competency, bilingual materials development, training and policy issues related to underserved Latina/o survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. The ALAS listserv is a task-driven bilingual creative group united in a major goal: to help make risk reduction and victim service information more accessible to Spanish-speaking Latinas/os. Fourteen states are currently represented in this national resource-sharing group.

The use of art as a healing vehicle

Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart™  - Begun in March 2001, in collaboration with La Peña Latino Arts Organization, which donated the first wooden hearts, the Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art exhibit offers visual testimony to the impact of sexual violence in our lives and invites everyone to bear witness and honor the healing power of the human heart.. Sexual abuse survivors and those who work with them are invited to use wooden hearts as vehicles of expression and healing. Over 165 survivors of sexual assault, victim and women’s rights advocates, and artists from thoughout the U.S., Mexico, and Argentina have participated in three Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art exhibits.

Traveling exhibits:   In addition to the viewing exhibits in Austin, Texas and online, select traveling collections of exhibit artwork have been presented at events organized by the following organizations: National Resource Sharing Project of Sexual Assault Coalitions, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault; the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence; the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault; the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs; and Casa Amiga in Juárez, México.

Technical Assistance Packet: With the development of a technical assistance packet in 2003 to help organizers replicate the exhibit locally, the exhibit has been replicated in other states and internationally by the following groups:

  • University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT University of Alabama, Mobile, AL

  • Rutgers University, Camden NJ

  • Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

  • Mujeres Unidas, Moorhead, MN

  • Casa de la Mujer, Rosario, Argentina

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

  • University of Connecticut Women's Center

  • The Center for Student Transition and Support - Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

For a complete list, please visit Arte Sana in Action.

Some of the universities have incorporated the Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart™ survivor art exhibit into V-Day events.

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