Anne Pollack, Crossing Point Arts: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking
Crossing Point Arts considers creativity to be powerfully healing. Anne Pollack, Founding Director of this new organization, brings workshops in dance, music, writing, theater and visual arts to survivors of human trafficking and CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) taught by Teaching Artist Facilitators from NYC’s rich pool of wonderfully talented artists.
“These creative outlets provide therapeutic tools to manage difficult emotions and offer a bridge from the traumatized self-concept to an empowered, and stronger sense of being and thriving for survivors,” Anne said. “In Crossing Point Arts’ workshops, there is an atmosphere of exploration, group coherence, challenge, accomplishment and fun. Perhaps, most importantly, there is the experience of externalizing the psychic energy of trauma, and reconfiguring its accompanying burden.”
Crossing Point Arts has been offering workshops – on the premises of local anti-trafficking agencies in NY and NJ – since 2013, reaching 290 survivors of trafficking with classes in dance, singing, song-creation/recording, spoken word, visual arts and instrumental music in a safe, supportive and nourishing environment.
Funds from the Pollination Project will help hire and train Teaching Artist Facilitators.
GRANT AWARD DATE: August 18, 2014