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Artists for Trauma and Rhythm and Joy Festival showcase the power of art

Updated: Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM
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By Steven Thomas

Art is extremely powerful. Movies can make us laugh, songs can make us cry and paintings can often leave us deep in thought. Artists for Trauma,
a non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of trauma victims, understands that art moves people literally, figuratively and emotionally.

Founded in 2011, Artists for Trauma pairs military and civilian trauma victims with sculptors, painters, actors, singers and other types of artists. Through art, trauma survivors are able to process extremely complex emotions and move forward in a positive way.  

Laura Sharpe, Founder and Executive Director of Artists for Trauma and a trauma survivor herself, said, “We are a collective power of quality recovery. We teach the world what is possible after trauma, when all appears impossible.”

This year Artists for Trauma is teaming up with the Rhythm and Joy Festival for a fashion show and music festival. Featuring four time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Eric Benet, the free all-day festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 30th at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, CA.

To kick off the festival with positive vibes, Artists for Trauma will host “Roll With It, Flow With It,” a fashion show featuring civilian and military trauma survivors. Quadriplegic, paraplegic, and amputee models will show off unique apparel designed specifically for them to demonstrate the healing power of positive thinking. 

Sharpe believes this year's event will open eyes and bring awareness to a topic that is deeply important to her. “Trauma survivors are fun, tasteful, cool, hip, sexy and fashionable, too! We're excited to bring this performance art to RAJ,” said Sharpe.
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