Principles and Purpose of Trauma Informed Arts & Organizations

The global refugee crisis and COVID-19 are leaving an indelible mark on the 21st century. Leaders tasked with nurturing the well-being and equitable empowerment of communities are increasingly highlighting the impact of trauma-causing events such as the pandemic, refugee crisis, and systemic oppression on communities, artists, and organizations. Events such as the pandemic have changed the purpose, design, and delivery of the arts, opening a path for art, arts education practices, and organizations to address the social and cultural challenges communities and individuals face. The arts are increasingly moving into positions of social activism and creative facilitation by working within communities to mitigate trauma, foster empathy, and nurture intercultural competence. This session will investigate how trauma informed arts practices and organizations honor the diverse experiences individuals bring to the arts; ways the arts can nurture growth, equity, and diversity; the impact of primary and vicarious trauma; and how the arts are used as tools of recovery and resiliency.


Dr. Kyna Elliott, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Arts Creative