Art for All People (AFAP) brings the arts to people who are marginalized in the community. We believe that when dealing with pain, addiction, and loss there are often no words to explain the extent of suffering. This is when the language of the arts becomes essential. AFAP’s goal is to promote healing and reassert a sense of hope in marginalized individuals through the art making process and trusting relationships.
Art touches our lives in profound levels and brings healing to those in physical, mental, or spiritual crisis. AFAP’s transformational art projects bridges social and economic divides to make the arts accessible to all. AFAP believes in a world where the arts are integral to our lives; we celebrate both our differences and our commonality through the power of the arts.
AFAP currently serves UC Health psychiatric patients, adults living with mental illness in the Tender Mercies community, individuals recovering from substance abuse at the Center for Addiction Treatment, veterans experiencing homelessness and active addiction at St. Joseph House, women inmates at the Justice Center, and men and women experiencing homelessness at Shelterhouse (formerly known as the Drop Inn Center).