prose poem for today

There is a brokenness out of which comes the Unbroken,
Shatteredness out of which comes the Unshatterable.
There is a Sorrow beyond all grief
which leads to Joy 
and a Fragility out of whose depths emerges Strength. 
There is Hollow Space too vast 
for words through which we pass with each loss,
out whose darkness we are sanctioned into being. 
  There is a Cry
deeper that all sound
whose serrated edge cut the heart
as we break open to the place inside
which is unbreakable and whole,
while learning to sing.”                                     Rashani

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.