Who We Are
The mission of The Usual Artspects is to provide healing and empowerment through art for female sexual abuse survivors and improve the quality of their life mentally, emotionally, and physically. Through a safe supportive environment, we provide advocacy, awareness, community, education, and resources for survivors through various art and social events, along with artistic therapeutic healing programs and workshops.
Our programs create a safe space for therapeutic release and overlooked artistic voices from survivors. Expressive Art Programs and Art Therapy have been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, C-PTSD, and PTSD in survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Our target populations include underserved women and children in the Grapevine community and surrounding Dallas Fort Worth areas.
1 in 2 women in the United States will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
1 in 6 women are the victims of rape or attempted rape.
94% of female rape victims experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
33% of female rape survivors contemplate suicide.
Sexual trauma can have devastating psychological, emotional, and physical side effects for the survivors and those around them.
How We Help Survivors
The Usual Artspects is a 501c3 non-profit organization that develops interactive healing programs of creativity and self-expression to complement traditional counseling and therapy. Creative intervention has proven to foster powerful healing properties and sense of well-being and can be a valuable tool to help survivors address the often unbearable pain in their lives. Our programs and classes include Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy, Sound Healing, Writing Therapy, and Martial Arts. The participatory programs help relieve the pain and suffering of sexual trauma and build self-esteem toward building a productive, joyful, and fulfilling life.
Art heals, and you can help.
We proudly partner with Bochy's Place and hold expressive art classes for their sex trafficking survivors. If your organization would like to partner with us, please contact us here.
Why We're Needed
This was an unexpected new experience for me! The class helped me process trauma from an event that was long ago and buried.
I found this class helped me as part of my journey to know myself, find my purpose, and relieve my anxiety.
Healing through art means EVERYTHING to me! I loved this class and how much it helped me through a recent trauma. Our instructor Erica was wonderful, open-minded, and accepting of whatever emotions decided to sprout.
The Usual Artspects
Where Creativity Meets Healing
Ways We Help
Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.
Through our various art and social events in the Grapevine community, The Usual Artspects, raises awareness and promotes change for victims, survivors, and their families.
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for female survivors through creativity. This includes everything from providing survivors the space to sell their handmade art and products, to providing creative healing programs involving art, music, and writing.
At The Usual Artspects, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts by encouraging women to take their power back. Abuse and trauma often leaves one feeling helpless and fearful. With the right healing tools and the chance to share their stories, we help women gain their lives back.
"When women support each other, incredible things happen."