Anne Pollack, The Art of Freedom: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking

Date grant awarded: December 28, 2015

The Art of Freedom: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking,  provides art workshops that create participatory experiences in the lives of individuals emerging from Modern Day Enslavement. Addressing a population that is underserved, and underexposed to the restorative energy of the arts, the workshops, led by Teaching Artists, promote music, dance, theater, visual arts and writing. By providing these services, the give survivors the therapeutic tools needed to deal with Post Trauma Stress.

The Art of Freedom was formed by a small group of activist artists. Since 2013 they have been offering workshops at two anti-trafficking agencies in New York and New Jersey (Polaris Project and GEMS). Their teaching artists are established artists and performers working in the NYC area. Amongst their roster are Dance Therapists, Psychotherapists and Certified Sound Healers, sharing a passionate conviction that creativity offers a healing agent that serves to amplify the therapeutic modalities that are offered to survivors when they are receiving the care offered to them by anti-trafficking agencies (i.e. therapy, counseling, etc.).

All of the work is conducted in an environment where survivors feel safe to express themselves while enriching and empowering the idea of community building.

“The deeply humanizing experience of collective creativity and self-expression is a dimension that can be reached in no other way.” – Anne Pollack