"Beautiful."… "A much needed service."… "Thank you for this resource."
These are a few of the remarks received in response to a recent effort to help bridge services for underserved survivors of gender and racial violence.
Arte-sana.com debuted in July 2001 and offers practical information on how to use culture and art for community education and direct services in both English and Spanish. In its first month of service, the site has welcomed over 2,000 visitors and has received positive feedback from victim services advocates and other professionals throughout the United States as well as Latin America.
"We are very pleased with the response we have received. We are especially thrilled to be coordinating with so many Latina activists who have expressed their frustration on the lack of Spanish language resources," said Oralia Diaz, who serves as the webmaster.
Consequently, Arte-sana.com promotes the development of gender violence prevention strategies and programs for Spanish speakers in the U.S. as well as offer a space for networking with Latin American women's human rights advocates.
Through its virtual gallery, this site encourages the link between art, healing and self-empowerment. Features include theme-based art exhibits that highlight survivor and advocate art. Information detailing the use of art in healing is also included.