Women of The World; a summit

Early last spring, we  (Andrea Steffens, executive director and Wendy Hawkins, operations director)  attended The Women in the World summit.  



We were deeply moved -- to tears constantly --  by the depth and incredible bravery of women in the world -- very well produced and created by women who care about women. It included people like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Christiane Amanpour and other well known people -- but wait... it wasn't about them, about the celebrities, it was about their commitment to the unknown women and girls who are committed to change even where it is dangerous and there are few resources.  The presence of celebrities brings public attention that is otherwise impossible to acheive. The profits from this event goes to the WITW foundation that supports the work of unknown women and girls (some as young as fifteen years old) who, for example, risk death as they fight for young girls desire for education. We want to thank the women who created this event -- Tina Brown for starters -- they didn't have to do do it.  

So look at the you-tube insert below and Google Women in The World to see the ten or twelve video clips of speakers and panels at the summit. If you come away with a dry eye or without being inspired, write us.  

We will be going next year and hope to see you there.



Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care practices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people to create the means to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way -- a collaborative model one in which we are all students and learners. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important and is our  growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human. We, community members and Ashlar associates  come together to create supportive and sustainable life affirming models based in telling and honoring the personal story. 

 Our goal is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

 Stay tuned and continue to look through the site.