Since 2010, we've been leaders in bringing effective arts-based healing resources to trauma survivors and those who care for them.


We offer trainings in the Healing Arts Toolkit program for staff and volunteers at organizations serving trauma survivors. We have been invited to train groups working with survivors of natural disasters and human abuses around the globe.

Local (Seattle):

In addition to training local trauma care providers in our Healing Arts Toolkit program, we also offer weekly opportunities for local Seattle artists to volunteer with street youth at the YouthCare's and New Horizon's drop-in centers.

“First Aid Arts provides necessary skills to facilitate empathy, attachment, connection, creativity, and a renewed sense of vitality for care providers working within trauma affected communities. Their curriculum is well-researched, tested, and flexible enough to meet the needs of organizations.”
— Nisha Sajnani, Ph.D. Harvard Program of Refugee Trauma

We speak regularly on trauma and the arts at national and international conferences, universities, churches and events of all kinds. Request a speaker.

At First Aid Arts we use arts-based interventions to help survivors of trauma begin the process of recovering from experiences of tragedy and abuse. Our trainings and toolkit programs are informed by neurological and psychological research that supports the use of arts-based psychosocial resources to promote resilience and reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Healing from harm is possible, and the process starts with you.

What We've Achieved

  • Developed and piloted a multi-modal arts-based curriculum for addressing the symptoms of trauma & building resilience.
  • Trained 599 staff and volunteers at 231 organizations serving trauma survivors in 31 countries on five continents.
  • Reached more than 10,000 survivors of trauma with life-giving tools.
  • Advised other non-profits in how to use arts to address trauma, some long-standing organizations with global reach.
  • Amassed a waiting list of nearly 100 organizations desiring our training.
  • Received invitations from governments to equip first-responders.
  • Formed partnerships with trauma care providers spanning the globe.
  • Received invitations to present at national and international conferences, symposiums and other events on trauma and the arts.