Touchstones: Please Join Us in a Collective Journey
Launched by artist and A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) Founder Cathy Salser as a continuum of the I CAN WE CAN initiative we welcome you to be part of Touchstones. This year-long interactive art project embodies the spirit of our organization and stands in solidarity with over 200,000 women, men and children who have participated in AWBW art workshops over the past 25 years. On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary, we welcome you to create personal Touchstones as a collective action and connect to a part of a circle of creativity and healing.
I CAN WE CAN: In 2012-14 over 26,000 participants at 419 events throughout Los Angeles and as far away as Iran and Australia took the I CAN WE CAN pledge. We extend an ongoing invitation to pledge your commitment and upload your I CAN Hand on this website and join the community united to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
During 2014 we introduced digital storytelling as the next chapter of I CAN WE CAN. The storytelling project was organized by AWBW in collaboration with Los Angeles-based media artist Cheri Gaulke, and powered by our agency partners to spark dialogue and amplify voices of those not often heard. Digital storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient form of storytelling – enabling us to share stories and make a meaningful connection with others. On this site we are pleased to share I CAN WE CAN: Films to End Domestic Violence, 3 short films created under the guidance of artist Cheri Gaulke by 13 teens at Harvard West-Lake School and over 200 stories created in workshops facilitated by our agency (domestic violence shelters, crisis centers and transitional homes) partners.
Now, in 2015 we invite you to create and carry small glass stones, using them as a resource to access wisdom, strength and courage and become part of a circle of art transforming trauma. No intention is too small nor too large. Every Touchstone creates a ripple.
A Collective Journey In celebration of A Window Between Worlds' 25th Anniversary, we welcome you to be a part of Touchstones, a year-long interactive art project that invites you to create and carry small, glass stones, using them as a resource to access wisdom, strength, and courage.