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.
We have decided to postpone our international trips until 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.
I AM ART
There’s a place for everyone on the team, no matter your skill level or experience.
Storytellers / Blog writers
You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.
I AM ART
I AM ART IMPACTS ARTISTS & CHILDREN
“If the pain of your story is not transformed, it will be transmitted.”
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.
I AM ART MODEL
CREATE BEAUTIFUL ART
ALTER ART THROUGH CONFLICT
cREATE SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE BROKEN PIECES
BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY
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
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.
You don’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. We help you raise support as a 501c3 nonprofit.
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.
Use the award-winning Athentikos documentary for fundraising.
I AM ART
I AM ART has impacted countless lives since 2010. Here is an archive of our major projects.