About AfA

Art from Ashes exists to empower struggling youth by providing creative programs that facilitate health and hope through expression, connection, and transformation.

Art from Ashes (AfA) is the first youth arts agency in Colorado to use a process of creative expression to facilitate personal transformation and self-determination among high-risk youth age 9 to 24 years old.

Studies show that factors contributing to juvenile delinquency include a lack of activities for youth that provide constructive developmental experiences; disconnect between youth and adults; and the lack of personal resiliency that results from low self-esteem/self-efficacy. AfA’s creative workshops are focused on interactive poetry and art activities that use metaphor to encourage self-expression; offer an opportunity for youth to connect to facilitators, artists, peers and the community; and survey results attest to the powerful impact the program has on self-image, affecting choices that can help determine a more positive future for participants.

AfA has partnered with more than 150 youth-serving agencies and schools since its inception in 2003 and provided interactive programs that offer a healthy alternative to destructive behaviors for more than 11,000 young people struggling with abuse and violence, poverty, racism, depression, and low personal resiliency.

AfA’s art programs allow marginalized youth to tell their stories through poetry and spoken word (Phoenix Rising); visual and tactile art (Drawing on Air); and drama and creative play (Casting Shadows; still in development) in a safe, non-judgmental space with caring adults and community artists. AfA’s nationally-recognized, award-winning curriculum is designed to facilitate personal transformation through the power of artistic expression.

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