Kristel Nielsen - Your Art Your Story

Healing after suicide through art – Your Art Your Story

Date grant awarded: September 25, 2018

Your Art Your Story is a community arts program for suicide loss survivors and attempt survivors based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founder Kristel Nielsen’s connection to suicide is very personal. Her son, son’s father, and father all died of suicide. Your Art Your Story is based on her own journey with suicide loss and desire to support other survivors through art and community.

In partnership with the Arizona Artists Guild, Your Art Your Story offers free monthly art classes, led by professional artists, in the Guild’s art studio. The classes give people an opportunity to experience the benefits of creative expression and meet people in similar circumstances. Information about support groups and other community resources is shared at each class. YAYS goal is to raise suicide awareness with art classes, mural projects, and public exhibitions. This Pollination Project grant will help YAYS pay for a postcard project and a pop-up exhibition that will travel to four suicide prevention walks in Arizona this year.