project leader
Sara P
290 W Nine Mile Rd
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Come see the art!

the project

My name is Sara Pezzella. I’m an artist in Detroit and I want your help making a new, collaborative art installation happen.

I am seeking to put together a collection of pieces created by trauma survivors, but not necessarily trained artists. This will take the form of a series of art workshops for self identified survivors that culminate in a gallery installation that explores the concept of directing the negative emotions associated with trauma at a canvas. At its heart, this project is a statement about the nature of living with trauma and about art being for everyone, regardless of past experience.

Participants will not be asked to divulge particular details about their trauma and do not need a specific diagnosis in order to participate. This project is about finding an outlet for negative emotions associated with trauma, not about gatekeeping or trauma porn.

the steps

I will purchase art supplies for participants and have them available for the four sessions I'll be holding on April 1, April 15, April 22, and April 29. Each three hour session will be open to five participants, and I will lead them in creating unique pieces of artwork. The created artwork will be exhibited during the month of May.

why we're doing it

The project seeks to recognize righteous anger experienced by trauma survivors while also exemplifying a way to express that anger in a safe and healthy way. My hope is that each piece is an homage to the part of survivors’ brains that wants to scream, “Stop hurting me!” and fight back.

The anger, sadness, and fear that I initially expressed in my own art ultimately propelled me to create a new life for myself. I hope to connect with others who are willing to use those same emotions to create.


Final budget


Art supplies - $800.00

Venue costs - $350.05

TOTAL RAISED = $1,230.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $61.50
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $18.45

Original budget

Art Supplies - $1,000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $53
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
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.


Come see the art!

The exhibit is now on display! Visit Affirmations in Ferndale, MI through the month of May to see all the art that was created. Thank you for making this project possible!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Anonymous
  • Bobby
  • Willlow
  • Anonymous
  • Paige S.
  • Allison L.
  • Sarah M.