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Why give to Arte Sana?
As the leading Latina bilingual training and advocacy agency in the nation, Arte Sana has sought to help bridge the gaps in victim services by promoting the development of culturally competent programs and the active participation of the Latino community in anti-sexual violence work. Much of this work has been made possible through the cooperation of advocates from across the U.S. and Latina America and is an example of grassroots victim rights activism as the majority was done without any private or governmental financial support.
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Professional Training & Education
  • 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.

  • Outreach across the U.S. and in Mexico: Arte Sana has been invited to present on effective Latina outreach across the nation and has offered individual workshops and full-day training presentations to numerous state sexual assault coalitions and at national training events. Arte Sana has also made numerous presentations to victim service groups along the Texas-Mexico border and to Casa Amiga in Juarez, MX.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month Bilingual Toolkit was developed in an effort to help bridge the gaps in community education efforts and promote the active participation of Latin@ communities in sexual assault prevention efforts. Over 40 groups and individuals from around the U.S. have requested the packet so far including students, nurses, and victim advocates.

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.

  • Internet resource directory for Spanish-speaking victims: 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 24 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.

  • National Latina advocate listserv (ALAS): In a further effort to make 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.

  • Heart Exhibit 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.

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

Help us continue innovate, expand and improve prevention efforts.

Join the movement to end abuse by making a tax-deductible online donation via our secure server, or if you would prefer to pay by check, please send your tax deductible donation payable to Arte Sana to:
PO Box 1334
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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