Art With Impact

Art With Impact (AWI) promotes mental wellness by creating a space for young people to learn and connect through art and media. Art has the potential to reach people in ways that words can’t, and the organization harnesses this medium to engage with young people on the topic of mental health both online and in person. AWI envisions a future where artists and their art are treasured as icons of bravery and diversity, empowering people to talk about mental health without restrictions, fear, or stigma.

AWI’s mission and vision are reflections of their larger message: they believe art can change lives. Whether you’re creating art or experiencing art, it holds a truly unique power to inspire profound change in individuals and in society as a whole. The various artistic projects curated on their website feature poignant examples of this—one piece tells the story of young girl who realizes that the music she is practicing on her piano is provoking an emotional reaction she hadn’t noticed before, which helps her connect with the inherent value and beauty of her life and art. Another explores the life of a domestic violence survivor who processes her experiences by writing a play. When she watches fellow students perform her work, she feels herself begin to heal.

OLIVE, the organization’s Online Library for Interactive Video and Engagement, supports promising new artists who create exceptional short films based on various themes in mental health. AWI also creates opportunities for engagement via high school and college workshops, which showcase films from OLIVE; teach media literacy, filmmaking, and mental health awareness; and connect students to community resources. These platforms use the transformative power of film to increase compassion, promote empathy, and inspire students to tell the stories that matter most to them. AWI’s purpose is to engage young people, artists, professionals, and academic institutions in sustainable partnerships that revere art as a catalyst for cultural change.


Last updated: 05/12/2017