project leader
Emily C
location
Borland Garden, at the corner of Black Street and Beatty Street
(East Liberty)
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Join us: OMA presents-Trauma Informed Training June 5, 2021

the project

Art in the Garden's year-round programming focuses on addressing impacts of early childhood adversity and trauma on health and learning. 2021 summer camp will be in-person (masked and physically distanced). At least half of the spots in our programming are always reserved for students from low-income families and/or who identify as a person of color, immigrant, or refugee. The funds we raise go directly to ensuring programming for these students. 

Art in the Garden is a program that:

  • Features workshops with community partners that empower youth to see themselves as creators of positive change, so that they may live their fullest expression of themselves
  • Trains teachers, staff, and community members in trauma informed care, which crucially includes anti-racist & restorative justice training  
  • Gives youth tools to reduce stress, and empowers youth confidence, compassion, and civic engagement
  • Addresses economic justice by using a sliding scale fee, prioritizing enrollment for underserved families 
  • Provides free breakfast and lunch through a partnership with Earthen Vessels 
  • Seeks to address racism, injustice, and bias at all levels of our programming, from hiring, to camp fees, to curriculum, to personal accountability and growth
  • Supports youth in exploring connections between physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being and the environment and engaging local solutions-based approaches to address environmental racism, food apartheid, and the climate crisis

Art in the Garden is a program of OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit and Borland Garden.

the steps

Art in the Garden's year-round programming is made possible by donors like you. After a year of remote programming and socially distanced events, we will return to daily in-person programming this summer (masked and socially distanced). We need your help.

Your donation goes directly to giving underserved youth access to year-round programming that focuses on addressing impacts of early childhood adversity and trauma on health and learning.

Your donation helps to fund trauma-informed trainings, for teachers, staff and community, which crucially includes anti-racist and restorative justice trainings. This work is central to dismantling unjust systems, helping youth feel safe and valued, and building communities based on love, solidarity, and joy.  

Your donation gives youth opportunities to experience themselves as agents of positive change. Art in the Garden supports each youth’s ability to thrive and live their fullest expressions of themselves. 

Some of the city’s most talented teaching artists and ecologists provide unique experiences for youth and families at Art in the Garden. Teaching artists and ecologists empower youth and build confidence, giving youth opportunities to experience themselves as agents of positive change. Returning partners include: Sankofa Village of the Arts, The Clay Project, Pittsburgh Forest Garden, SOAR Coaching Academy, and The Storymobile. We're thrilled to announce a new partner: The Mural Art Project, led by Max “Gems” Gonzalez and Shane Pilster, teaches graffiti and mural arts skills while building community and empowering youth to challenge barriers and give voice to their dreams. Youth have opportunities to create lasting murals that foster love and solidarity and justice.

why we're doing it

We believe in systems powered by love and justice.

We believe it is morally imperative to prevent early childhood adversity.

We believe that when we grow in connectedness to ourselves, each other, and the earth, we are able to create healthier communities.

We believe mindfulness practices have the power to help youth as they work to reframe untrue and distorted or limiting beliefs and that this can create space for the positive transformation of self, family, and community. 

We believe that all people deserve access to healthy food.

We believe all people have a right to easily access and enjoy green space.

We believe in an environmental ethic that sequester carbon, creates wildlife habitat, and increases biodiversity for the benefit of all beings.

We believe in the transformative power and healing potential of art and nature.

budget

Revised 4.21.21



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $17,730.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$270
TOTAL TO RAISE= $18,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET

Teaching Staff  $10,000

Collaborators  $6,000

Art and Gardening Supplies $2000

Surviving to Thriving Training (a training on trauma-informed care that centers anti-racist teaching)  $2000

Garden Space - Donated by Borland Garden

Breakfasts and Lunch - Donated by Earthen Vessels

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $20,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$329
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,329
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

updates

Join us: OMA presents-Trauma Informed Training June 5, 2021

OMA presents-Trauma Informed Training: June 5, 2021, 9 am- 12:30 pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This event is for parents, educators, caregivers, teen camp counselors and anyone interested in learning more about supporting themselves and youth on a healing journey.

Children’s Mandate: “If you don’t think what I think, feel what I feel, experience what I experience, and see what I see when I look at myself, others and the world around me, how can you possibly know what is best for me?”

Join OMA Center for Mind Body and Spirit in this online event to explore what trauma informed care looks like, why it must be explicitly anti-racist, and how it involves self-reflection about one's own triggers. This event is for educators, parents, caregivers, teen camp counselors and anyone interested in learning more about supporting themselves and youth on a healing journey. 

Trauma Informed Care is a “framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.” -- Crisis Intervention Institute

Trauma Informed Training provides the knowledge and applicable holistic skills which can be used with a diverse population of children, youth, adults, families and the elderly to provide alternative options for healing, growth and the ability to thrive in one’s life, family and community. 

• Develop greater awareness about the needs that exist for healthy youth development and for communities where all can thrive. 

• Act as a bridge designed to connect educators, community organizations, families, and professionals across the generations and the healthcare spectrum. 

REGISTER AT OMAPITTSBURGH.ORG | All Are Welcome| Donations from the Heart Greatly Appreciated 

More resources about trauma-informed care HERE 

 

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