Maiden Voyage

Today was sunny and warm -- April 12th -- central New York.  How nice to begin this blog when weather is acting somewhat spring-like. For me, this is the beginning of the real New Year but in this case there  are no cheering drunks, no count-down, no ribbons or naked babies and only one resolution: I will give this my best shot -- to educate and entertain... and listen to you.  Welcome.

Who We Are

                  

We make art in order not to die from the truth.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is a U.S. 501c3 non-profit arts organization designed to serve the personal story and address the trauma it may contain. Our work is educational and skills driven -- grounded in thirty years of community based experience.

We use photos, interviews, and teach guided writing (Writing Through the Body).  For those people for whom revealing identity is unsafe, we use multi-media memorial building to contain and share the story in an abstract or symbolic form. Our goal is Witnessing and facilitating the creation of a coherent narrative for our students toward well-being and resilience. 

Following from our initial work with Story, we collaborate with students to create a culturally relevant Self-Care program facilitated by them and supervised when necessary by skilled professionals.

We invite you to invite us to your community.