Join Alive to Thrive on Facebook to enter to win a 5×7 of this print — a reminder to you on your healing journey.
This print drawing ends: June 30, 2017, midnight MDT. Winner will be announced July 1.
Art therapy is widely used to help survivors cope and learn to heal from abuse and violence. So, I’ve created a one-word photo/art challenge* for February (but you can start any time you want).
There are no rules. Just take the word and create art (photo, painting, drawing, poetry, writing in the sky) however you feel it — change it up every day. I’ll be playing along.
Join me publicly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with the hashtag #AlivetoThrive or #ScarsandTiaras, tag me, send it privately, or play along privately. Let yourself be free to explore your feelings through art!
*Inspired by the awesome website I used to write for/with, Middle Places.
*Updated to share again. Originally published October 9, 2012.
“The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” -Ralph Blum
Why does this story not start with the Once Upon a Time…? Because your story doesn’t end when you reclaim your beautiful self. No, that’s where it really begins. What’s YOUR story?
***To see larger versions of these photos, plus behind the scenes, please visit Klocke Photography.***
I spent several hours at the studio yesterday, and while no one came in for tiara pictures, a couple of people stopped by to ask about what they can do, which was very exciting. One lovely lady told me she heard about The Tiara Project from someone I don’t know, who heard it from someone else I don’t know. Do you know how much awesomeness is in that sentence right there? People are talking about the project! And when people talk, word gets around, awareness is raised, and monies come in for Teller Safe Harbor. So keep talking and sharing!
And now for a little extra incentive —
Participate in The Tiara Project Fundraiser and you could win one of three photo shoots*!
GOAL – $500
RAISED – $30
You do NOT need to be a former victim to participate (and it should not be assumed that those who appear in photos here are victims). Please read all details HERE and then pick a date and come on by!
*Photo shoot drawing will take place in November. Prize sessions will take place in 2013. Eligibility: Teller, Park, Douglas, and El Paso Counties only, unless you are traveling to this area.
I could have said ONLY one person, but I just don’t see it as ONLY. I believe in the power of one. One beautiful young woman has her own story. One amazing young woman stepped forward with courage. One wonderful young woman said, “I believe this is important.” One by one, we can all move forward and make a difference. One by one, we can speak out and say NO MORE. One by one, we can stand arm in arm and be the change that is needed.
Only one showed up today? No…ONE showed up, and she made a difference.
Teller Safe Harbor needs YOU.
The need of having a safe house in Teller County is constantly growing:
- Law enforcement gets 175-200 reported cases of family violence each year. At least the same amount go unreported.
- Friends and Family often do not understand.
- Even today, victims here must look outside our community to find safety.
- Our victims must leave local jobs, schools, etc. if seeking safety elsewhere.
- Staying with an abuser often seems to be their only choice.
-Source: Teller Safe Harbor Web Site
So, what can YOU do? This is where The Tiara Project is stepping in to help.
Save the Date(s)!
On the following dates, Angela of The Tiara Project and Klocke Photography/Studio K2 will be opening her studio to those who would like to come in for tiara photos.
Wear a tiara for yourself, for someone who can’t, or just to support the safe house project.
NEW SCHEDULE COMING SOON
The goal for The Tiara Project photos is to raise funds for Teller Safe Harbor so that a safe house can be secured, as well as to help victims of abuse.
The Tiara Project is setting a goal to raise at least $500 for Teller Safe Harbor through this part of the project alone.
An appointment is not necessary for any of the photo dates listed. However, notifying The Tiara Project of your intent to participate on a certain date and time will be helpful in controlling the flow of traffic.
Klocke Photography/Studio K2
130 E. Grace Ave., Woodland Park, Colorado.
*Note: If you are not a resident of Teller County but wish to donate to your local shelter/organization instead, you can still participate. Simply bring confirmation of your donation on one of the above listed dates.