Los Angeles, CA
May 22-24, 2013
Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort
Details coming soon...
"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts"
~ Henry David Thoreau
ART from the ashes (AFTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission supports communities impacted by natural disaster through the creation of art.
In the spirit of AFTA's founding principles, "Support. Inspire. Create. Renew.", reclaimed materials are salvaged from site significant locations and transformed into works of art. This body of work becomes the framework for a benefit art exhibition and programming to support the affected community's recovery process.
In the wake of destruction transfigured works of art symbolize one's ability to renew, rebuild and persevere.
AFTA's mission is rooted in the desire to use art as a vehicle to bring community together. The evolution of our vision has led to the development of partnership programming outside of our disaster relief effort that supports community platforms focused on art, education, health and environmental awareness.
Our efforts are made possible through the efforts of contributing artists, volunteers, sponsors and donations.
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Who We Are
We are a volunteer-based organization comprised of creative professionals with an expansive degree of experience in the arts, sustainable design, business, community programming,marketing, publicity and social networking.
About the Founder & Vision of AFTA
In the fall of 2007, Southern California experienced one of the most destructive series of wildfires in its history. As a native of Southern California, founder Joy Feuer was no stranger to wildfire and its threat to the region each year. During NPR's "All Things Considered" one afternoon in October 2007, she listened to interviews from fire fighters
and residents recounting the destruction. Their stories and words like "nothing left", "completely destroyed", "lost everything" resonated in her mind for days.
With a desire to fill the void left behind and her propensity to navigate through life by way of art; the concept of ART from the ashes (AFTA) came to life. While AFTA's name finds literal footing in Southern California's ongoing threat of wildfire; it centers from the reality that life transpires in a continuum of creation and deconstruction.
Within this ever-changing spectrum, we need a support system and endless source of inspiration.