Art from Ashes Executive Director and Poet Catherine O'Neill Thorn talks about how her organization helps young people who have experienced pain recover by finding their creative genius through poetry.

At Art from Ashes, Catherine O'Neill Thorn and her team believe that each person is born a creative genius. Yet young people who have experienced abuse, poverty, racism and other forms of trauma struggle with self-worth and hopelessness because of their negative experiences. Come to hear from some of the artists who’ve gone through her program and learn how AfA’s team facilitate the awareness of an identity based on creative power, and from the ashes of despair, like a phoenix, youth learn to speak transformation into their lives through poetry and art.

About the speaker

Catherine O'Neill Thorn is the founder and executive director of Art from Ashes, a nonprofit organization that provides transformational creative programs for struggling youth. Catherine has been conducting poetry and spoken word workshops for youth and adults since 1992 when she developed the Phoenix Rising transformational writing process and has been conducting sessions in day treatment centers, probation departments, and schools ever since. Ms. O'Neill Thorn is also a published poet, writer, journalist, and dedicated and committed member of Colorado’s broader creative community.

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