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Restoring holistic well-being
through creative arts

The Athentikos I AM ART program restores holistic well-being through creative arts.

1 in 7 people around the world suffer from severe mental illness and everyone experiences some level of emotional trauma. 
Mental and Emotional Health are foundational for thriving relationships, families and communities.
Our teams lead strategically planned creative workshops with youth in at-risk communities to discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story as a beautiful piece of ART. Our goal is to find the art within so we can change the way we see the world.  Athentikos serves communities that have been traumatized by poverty, abuse, and gang violence using art to empower lives through a week long I AM ART camp. In 2020, Athentikos will be serving nearly 1,000 youth and adults through this I AM ART program. You can be a part of the impact through a mission trip.
During the trip, you’ll discover the beauty of Guatemala which contrasts with its great need. However, you’ll be inspired to give and in return grow in immeasurable ways. You’ll have fun, explore, create, and discover new things about the world and yourself! You can participate in this ten-day mission trip as a workshop leader, assistant or logistics support. There’s a role for everyone! Families are invited to participate; minimum age 11 years old.

Travel

Get outside the day-to-day bubble and experience the beauty of God’s creation.

Explore

Meet new friends, explore culture, and learn learn new ways of seeing the world together.

Serve

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children through creative arts and return home full of life.

current opportunities

We have decided to postpone our international trips until 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.

IMPACT of I AM ART

Frequently Asked Questions

Why art?

Workshop prep.

What does a typical team look like?

Is it easy to connect with Team Members?

What to pack.

What is the daily schedule of an I AM ART trip?

What are team meetings like?

How do you handle pre-trip anxiety?

What us the optional excursion?

What is Large Group Time?

Is it safe?

Where do you serve in Guatemala?

How do you train I AM ART Team Members?

What is the I AM ART process?

Team member roles

There’s a place for everyone on the team, no matter your skill level or experience.
You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.

I AM ART MODEL






impact

I AM ART IMPACTS ARTISTS & CHILDREN

“If the pain of your story is not transformed, it will be transmitted.”

-Richard Rohr

conflict resolution

We cannot remove pain and conflict from our story, but we can change how we respond to it. I AM ART connects our personal story to God’s greater story of redemption, so we can rest in the peace of our true identity: Art of the Great I AM.
One of the most important parts of a story is the element of surprise – the twist in the plot that illuminates deeper meaning. Cognitive psychology recognizes the importance of the “discrepant event”: something with an unexpected outcome that is remembered because it engages our brain, encouraging problem solving and critical thinking.
I AM ART uses the surprise of conflict in a creative process to help us process the conflict in our personal story through external symbolism. This process allows us to safely explore conflict and challenges us to think about our healthy responses that will help heal trauma.

impact

I AM ART MODEL

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CREATE BEAUTIFUL ART

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ALTER ART THROUGH CONFLICT

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cREATE SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE BROKEN PIECES

BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY

Typical schedule

Team member training

We’ll equip you with everything you need to impact lives through creative arts, including how to:

• Guide youth to explore their story through creative arts
• Understand the cultural and spiritual context of the trip
• Collaborate with like-minded creatives from all over the world
• Empower through story and creative arts
• Raise funds using our media and crowd-funding platform
• Promoting your trip through strategic social media
• Preparing lesson plans for a 5 day workshop using our curriculum guide
• Research and produce inspirational stories
• Select gear for international production
• Pack strategically for a short-term vision trip

optional excursion

Reflect on your journey before you return home.


We believe it is important to take time to reflect on your journey with team members before returning home to normal life. We don’t require it, but we highly recommend joining the optional excursion. We handle all the logistics and take you to some of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Fundraising

You don’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. We help you raise support as a 501c3 nonprofit.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

Athentikos is a 501c3 nonprofit and can accept tax-deductible donations on your behalf. In addition, all I AM ART team members are offered a personal crowd-funding campaign similar to Kickstarter through our web site. We’ll coach you through the fundraising process and provide the resources you need to communicate your opportunity to grow and serve, including our films about Guatemala.
Every team member who has wanted to join an I AM ART trip has been able to raise funding to cover costs. You do not have to pay for the trip out of your pocket. If you have questions, please contact us.

Example of Fundraising campaign.

Connect Fundraising Campaign Example

Use the award-winning Athentikos documentary for fundraising.

I AM ART archives

I AM ART has impacted countless lives since 2010. Here is an archive of our major projects.


TEAM PHOTOS

Casa Bernabé 2019
Oasis 2019
Canaan 2019
Jungle School 2018
Oasis 2018
Zapote 2018
Casa Bernabé 2018
IAA Front Porch 2017
IAA Oasis 2017
IAA Casa Bernabe 2017
IAA Fall 2016
IAA 2016 Vidas Plenas
IAA 2016 Se Luz
IAA 2015 Oasis
IAA 2015 Casa Bernabe
IAA Fall 2014
IAA Spring 2014
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