Current Opportunities

Zapote 2018

06/29/2018 – 07/08/2018

Serve at Source of Hope School in a remote region of Guatemala at the foot of a volcano.

Casa Bernabé 2018

10/19/2018 – 10/28/2018

Serve at Casa Bernabé, one of the most respected orphanages in Guatemala, providing holistic care and education.

Oasis 2018

11/23/2018 – 12/02/2018

Serve at Oasis, a refuge near Guatemala City for girls who have been abused.

Jungle School 2018

12/13/2018 – 12/22/2018

IAA Jungle School ’18 is full of adventure. Serve in Péten, and explore the ruins of Tikal.

Overview

Calling all creatives …

Whether you are professional or just a hobbyist, if you paint, write, draw, dance, sculpt, sew, act, sing, perform, photograph, film, record, etc … your passion will make a difference through I AM ART.

I AM ART is a service trip specifically for people who are passionate about creative arts. Team members from around the world gather together to empower at-risk youth through creative arts and God’s greater story of redemption.

I AM ART enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential. Our teams help kids discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story, and unlock the possibilities of what they can be. Everyone can dream. Everyone has a story. Everyone is art. Our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they see the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.

The I AM ART curriculum guides participants through the elements of their story to unlock their potential.

TRIP ELEMENTS

• Team building and creative exploration

• Teaching workshops at an art camp

• Art Show with the community

• Sight seeing

• Optional excursions after camp

TEAM MEMBER ROLES

Workshop Leaders

Workshop Assistants

Logistics Coordinators

Storytellers / Blogwriters

Photo/Video Crew

Social Media

NOTE: You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.

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The Athentikos Story

Born out of adoption …

We founded Athentikos in response to our adoptions.

Like many couples, Amelia and I wanted to have children. We hoped, and prayed, and tried for a long time with no luck. Our hearts ached. After many years, we adopted two sons from Guatemala and our hearts were healed! We were a happy family of four! But, in the process of healing our pain, God opened our eyes to the pain of other children who are sad and hurting.

We couldn’t just adopt our sons and go on with our lives. We had to respond. But, what could we do? We aren’t doctors, lawyers, or engineers … we’re creatives. So, we got creative.

We started a nonprofit called Athentikos and produced documentaries about these children who were hurting. People listened. People cared … people got involved. Then, we realized that many of these children who are hurting didn’t even know their own story.

That’s when we created a program called I AM ART. We shifted from telling stories about the children, to helping the children explore their own stories through creative arts, and connect them to God’s greater story of redemption to heal their trauma.

Stories resolve conflict and give us hope that things can change. In God’s story, pain is not the end of the story. We are His masterpiece … new creations. Ephesians 2:10

Scott Owen Moore

Founder, Athentikos

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I AM ART MODEL

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I AM ART transforms the lives of both the at-risk youth and the creative.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION

We cannot remove pain and conflict from our story, but we can change how we respond to it. I AM ART connects our personal story to God’s greater story of redemption, so we can rest in the peace of our true identity: Art of the Great I AM.

One of the most important parts of a story is the element of surprise – the twist in the plot that illuminates deeper meaning. Cognitive psychology recognizes the importance of the “discrepant event”: something with an unexpected outcome that is remembered because it engages our brain, encouraging problem solving and critical thinking.

I AM ART uses the surprise of conflict in a creative process to help us process the conflict in our personal story through external symbolism. This process allows us to safely explore conflict and challenges us to think about our healthy responses that will help heal trauma.

BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY

  • Collaboration

  • Communication

  • Concentration

  • Confidence

  • Curiosity

  • Discipline

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Empathy

  • Imagination

  • Motivation

  • Patience

  • Problem-Solving Skills

  • Purpose

  • Self-Respect

  • Tolerance

CONNECTION BETWEEN ART & HEALING

There is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.

We reviewed research in the area of art and healing in an effort to determine the creative therapies most often employed. Four primary therapies emerged: music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. In these forms of expression, arts modalities and creative processes are used during intentional interventions to foster health.

The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures. Throughout recorded history, people have used pictures, stories, dances, and chants as healing rituals. There has been much philosophical and anecdotal discussion about the benefits of art and healing, but less empirical research exists in the literature. In fact, although arts therapy has been used clinically for more than a century and has been recognized as a profession since 1991, much of the published work is theoretical in nature, with little discussion of specific outcomes. Only in recent years have systematic and controlled studies examined the therapeutic effects and benefits of the arts and healing.

US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Host Partners

Athentikos partners with like-minded organizations around the world (orphanages, children’s homes, schools, and churches) to accomplish our mission. We don’t just randomly pull kids from the streets. Our partner organizations have strong and consistent mentoring relationships with at-risk youth, which is necessary for life change. Representatives from our partner organizations act as counselors in our workshops because they know the youth and their traumatic back stories.

Athentikos equips team members to serve and empower at-risk youth through creative arts, and plans all of the logistics for the trips. Our partners host our teams to lead I AM ART camps because they value the impact of our mission.

Optional Excursion

Spend 3 extra days reflecting on your journey.

Lake Atitlan

Spend three days reflecting and exploring one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lake Atitlan is a large, crystal blue lake surrounded by three volcanoes, and only three hours from Guatemala City. Step back in time as you explore the culture of quaint villages surrounding the lake. Savor delicious local cuisine at the waterfront as the sun slips behind the volcanos. Renew and rest your soul at Casa del Mundo, a cliffside hotel only accessible by boat. If you have the margin, we highly recommend the optional Lake Atitlan excursion.

Contact Us

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