Art Impacts... Art strengthens communication for kids who've experienced domestic violence.

Discover more about Paint Love's impact.

Paint Love utilizes the power of the arts to make an impact on youth who are facing some of life’s most difficult circumstances. It is our hope that every child, teen, and young adult that experiences a Paint Love program will discover inner strength, to help them face the adversity in their life. 

One demographic we work with is children who have experienced domestic violence.  Through our partnership with the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, we have been able to carefully curate programs that address the specific needs of this group. 

Kids who have experienced violence at home often find it challenging or even physically impossible to talk about their experiences. Trauma such as domestic violence can directly interfere with the part of the brain that manages language capacity, impeding development and leaving children with limited capacity to communicate verbally. Artistic expression engages parts of the brain that don’t rely on verbalization, so art can help them to find their  voice, and know that what they have to say matters.

Artist Nikita Raper led kids at Camp PEACE in creating these amazing clay platters. They designed the patterns, cut and glazed the pieces, and Nikita fired them in the kiln, bringing out these incredible colors. Research shows that allowing kids who’ve experienced trauma like those we serve with Camp PEACE, the chance to achieve a sense of mastery and participation in something they enjoy, helps them learn that their efforts matter, and they matter.

Camp PEACE is the summer program of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. WRCDV “strive[s] to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the diverse community of battered women and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention.” 


Because of the generosity of the Paint Love community, we have been able to offer them over 20 art projects, to serve over 200 students over three years! 

Plexi-Mobiles w/ Sara Santamaria (TCP)-Day One

This post was written by Paint Love Operations intern, Maya Glass.

To learn more about Paint Love's internship program, visit www.gopaintlove.org/careers. 


What’s more fitting for Cool Girls than a cool, unique project? Nothing! We all may not remember, but when we were newborns we must have stared inquisitively at that spinning object above our heads playing tunes until it ‘lullabied’ us to sleep. What was that thing?! Oh yes, a mobile. Yesterday afternoon, about 45 girls in grade levels 2nd-5th indulged in creating eccentric shapes to be hung on their own handcrafted mobiles. This project is led by our wonderful lead artist, Sara Santamaria.

Each girl participated with enthusiasm and enjoyed making their prototypes. In this test run, we found what did or did not work for balance, string placement, weight distribution, etc. This time next go round, the girls should be familiar and experienced with the material. They will be making one large mobile, collectively as the final product. Thank you to our T-1 partner, Barack Obama Elementary, and Cool Girls, Inc. for allowing us to bring our program to your bright young girls. Can’t wait to meet again!

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2018 Paint Love Art Auction + Fundraiser

This post was written by Paint Love Operations intern, Maya Glass.

To learn more about Paint Love's internship program, visit www.gopaintlove.org/careers. 


Remember the Artist Challenge back in June? Well three months later on Sept. 15, Paint Love hosted another awesome event to add to the books! The 2018 Art Auction and Fundraiser was proof that Paint Love is greatly fulfilling its mission in the community with every passing day.

The artwork completed by the wonderful six artists in our Artist Challenge was up for auction- which the guests happily indulged. Our partner organization (Camp Peace), artists and Title I school partner (Clarkdale Elementary School) were recognized and awarded our first Impact Awards, appreciating them for their amazing efforts and teamwork with serving our youth this year! The guests were supportive and generous in donations supporting the continuation in funding more Paint Love programs in the future.

We would like to thank the talented vocalist duo, Jared+Amber , and the gifted Rudy Currence for their performances. They gave Paint Love a mini concert!

Last but definitely not least, we would like to send a HUGE thank you to our friends at Color Wheel Studio for allowing us to host this event in their venue!!! Thank you to our donors and guests as well! We truly couldn’t have done this without you. In honor of our famous social handle and hashtag, Go Paint Love!

See you all next year!

[UPDATE]: We are humbly excited to announce that we have raised over $10,000 toward our programming! Great thanks to all of our donors, supporters, and sponsors for bringing this goal to past! We hope to continue with you all on the Paint Love mission.

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