I AM ART
I AM ART is a program of Athentikos that enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential.
I AM ART teams help kids discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story, and unlock the possibilities of what they can be. Everyone can dream. Everyone has a story. Everyone is art. Our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they see the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.
Creative Arts Program Development
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.
MERCHANDISE & BRANDING
The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala and symbolic of liberty. Legend says the Quetzal dies in captivity. It is the perfect metaphor for freeing children from the bondage of abuse.