Heart to Heart with Art

ABOUT US

Heart to Heart with Art is an educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit that combines the arts
and acts of service to encourage children's creativity and the art of giving back to others.

OUR MISSION

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ART: Our goal is to promote healing and improve the world – one heart to another – through art. We use different art projects to teach a variety of art techniques, while also helping participants express feelings and heal using art as a helpful tool. In addition, Heart to Heart with Art provides a platform for individuals dealing with various forms of trauma to share their stories through various art forms.

SERVICE: Our goal is to offer low cost, high yield service projects. We create service opportunities for children to show them that despite their age, they can make a difference. We also find projects in the community close to our hearts and develop creative ways to support them. Whether here in the US or partnering with non-profits abroad, Heart to Heart with Art’s mission is the same to help heal others through art and service.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Lisa Burns – Founder

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Lisa M. Burns founded the nonprofit Heart to Heart with Art 501(c)(3), as a passion project in 2011. As an artist, entrepreneur, community servant and social activist, she uses art and service projects to connect with others.

Lisa believes art can help others process feelings and be used as a tool for understanding, growing, and expressing yourself. It’s her goal to teach others to find beauty in their broken places, as they use art to work through personal trauma and connect with their feelings.

Through Heart to Heart with Art 501(c)(3), Lisa was able to provide a platform for others in the exhibit “Break the Silence Against Sexual Violence” as she shares her own survivor’s story along with others through a visual essay of photography, film and painting.

Lisa is a classically trained painter with more than 25 years experience. She has a B.A in Studio Arts from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in European Studies from K.U. Leuven, with a focus on Cultural Economics and Corporate Sponsorship of the Visual Arts. Lisa began her carrier by starting an all-female painting company in Portland, OR that specialized in mural commissions. After completing her studies in Leuven, Belgium, she designed, patented and launched a special travel bag company which she ran for 10 years.

Mona Abdelmonem

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Mona Abdelmonem is a Co-Founder and Child Development Advisor with Rillet TV. After spending nearly a decade in the education field, Mona gained insight into the world of a child. She has also worked with children and families who experienced some form of life change leading them to counseling. Mona believes every person encounters situations in life which molds them and with our personal growth we get to see situations from another perspective.

Mona, a certified Mental Health Counselor, practices intervention based techniques with various populations. She has great knowledge in Crisis Counseling and Interventions, Human Sexuality, and Substance Abuse. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida International University.

Mona enjoys time with her loving husband and charming toddler in the California Bay Area. She makes time for her endearing family adventures, hosting friends, and lazy days reading books with her loves. Lead your days in ways you will appreciate.

Devon Zastrow Newman

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Devon Zastrow Newman is an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this capacity, she decides appeals arising from adverse decisions of Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and presides over trial to determine patentability of claims in patents subsequent to issuance.

Prior to serving as a judge, Devon was an intellectual property attorney, shareholder, and head of the intellectual property litigation group at the law firm Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. There, Devon worked with clients to procure and protect their valuable intellectual property rights and represent them in matters arising out of those rights.

Devon lives in Portland with her husband, two active boys, and even more active dog. She enjoys cooking and baking at home, and sampling Portland’s divine and varied cuisine when possible. She is an avid reader, amateur gardener, and closet writer.

Amanda Rasmussen

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Amanda Rasmussen is a Captain for the Oregon Department of Corrections, currently working within the Office of the Inspector General. As a US Department of Justice-certified Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) auditor, Amanda works with state prisons to prevent, detect and respond to the sexual abuse and sexual harassment of inmates. She has partnered with community-based advocacy centers who provide services to incarcerated survivors, and actively works toward ensuring a culture of sexual safety within confinement.

Madeleine Philbrook

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Madeleine Philbrook is an independent video producer and graphic/web designer. With a B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University Vancouver and a highly competitive video editor internship at Sony Playstation under her belt, she has over five years of experience specializing in crafting stories for local talent, brands, and nonprofits. She is a diligent and devoted artist with a passion for digital storytelling in all of its forms. On her spare time, Madeleine produces independent documentaries and coordinates a number of music video contests across the Northwest.

Kristina Rudinskas

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Kristina is a marketing executive with more than twenty years of experience in the Bay Area helping start-ups and larger companies grow user base, create cool products and improve consumer messaging. She is currently a Director of Product Marketing for search, voice and video products at Verizon Media / Yahoo. When she’s not working, Kristina enjoys taking painting classes at Stanford with her dad, pretending to do yoga and enjoying a good hike with her dog.

Claire Shifren

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Claire Shifren is passionate about maintaining Art in school curriculum and an advocate for building financial literacy. As a board member for the organization Claire supports the mission of Heart to Heart with Art by bringing events and action together as well as volunteering her time. Her decades long career as a Senior Financial Advisor and Financial Planner is where she serves those who place trust in the financial planning process to help them achieve specific goals and build their financial security. Whether in the context of finance or others of life challenges, the first step is visualization and creative thinking to navigate a path forward.

HELPING KIDS HELP THE WORLD

Heart to Heart partnered with another non-profit Butterfly House for an international service project to bring much needed supplies and art projects that provide healing to Nepalese children who's parents are incarcerated and to the women themselves.

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HEAR ME. SEE ME. BELIEVE ME.

A multimedia art exhibit advocating for survivors of sexual assault,
this exhibit encourages victims and their families to share their stories without shame or blame.
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Hear me. See me. Believe me. is a multimedia art exhibit advocating for survivors of sexual violence. Our first show was at the Cerimon House in Portland Oregon on the evening of Friday, March 15th. “Hear me –  See me – Believe me” is an interactive exhibit created by artist and survivor Lisa Burns that creates a safe space for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories and continue the healing process. 

With one and four women and one in six men* experiencing sexual assault during their lifetimes and the recent revelations of the #MeToo movement, the prevalence of sexual violence has never been more visible in our communities. Victims span across ages, genders and social status. For survivors, their traumas are not always visible and they often live under a burden of silence and shame. “Hear me – See me – Believe me” is a collaborative exhibition, bringing together survivors and empowering them to give a voice to their stories in support of change and healing.  

This project and exhibition wouldn’t have been possible without the survivors who shared their stories, thank you for your bravery and entrusting us with your story. We want your voices to be heard! Together. United. We can join in the current “butterfly effect” by making a stand against sexual violence and to educated those who have never experienced this type of trauma. With this new knowledge, hopefully they will begin to understand how to best empathize and offer meaningful support and protection to victims of sexual abuse.

ART HEALS AND BRINGS BEAUTY TO OUR BROKEN PLACES

“Hear me – See me – Believe me” is a visual essay of how I processed and moved through the sexual traumas I experienced as both a child and as an adult. I began working on this show idea over ten years ago but didn’t have the courage to bring it to fruition, until President Trump made various inflammatory comments on sexual assault and reporting the crime. I was enraged and could no longer be silent. I am grateful to those before me who joined the #metoo movement, because they inspired me to break my silence, share my story and make art with purpose. Why create this show now? Because someone said I shouldn’t and I did… and it has made all the difference! 

The intention of this exhibition, “Heart me – See me – Believe me: Breaking the Silence Against Sexual Violence” is to connect with survivors and present the message ‘you are not alone’, to give hope that healing from sexual trauma is possible, and to let go of debilitating shame by encouraging survivors to break their silence regarding sexual abuse.

Before I could connect with other survivors, I dove deep within my broken places that are filled with shame, self-hatred, repressed anger, and pain – in search for beauty and healing. As an artist, I chose to process the trauma through art by turning the camera on myself through the eyes and lenses of other artists. I set up what I wanted to visually communicate, while different artists took my idea and ran with it. Through this artistic process and discovery, I captured and processed my feelings about being raped at the age of four by a neighbor, being presented to the neighborhood pedophile at the age of six, raped again at twenty-five by someone I knew, and most recently being sexually assaulted by a stranger at forty. This exhibition is about breaking out of the cocoon of my past, stretching my wings through transformation and finding the freedom to fly as a butterfly.

As an artist and a survivor, I want to use these visual images as informative tools to help those who have never experienced this type of trauma. My hope is that they gain a better understanding of what it’s like and what effect sexual trauma has on a victim’s psyche during the event and what happens to one’s mind and body as a result of this form of abuse. With this new knowledge, hopefully they will begin to understand how to best empathize and offer meaningful support and protection to victims of sexual trauma. It was important to share the message that we can not shame the survivor for their actions or lack there of, during the moment of their sexual trauma, or compare stories or degrees of traumas for survivors, because it is all bad. How the trauma affects us is very individual, based on our past history. How we respond in the moment is based on our past trauma, but the effects that any sexual trauma has on our lives has commonalities. My photography exhibition focuses on the commonalities that most survivors can relate to. By creating a platform to connect and share commonalities with other survivors it has made me feel less alone in my pain. Connection and shouting ‘me too’ with other brave survivors helped bring purpose to my pain and I am honored to share their stories. 

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OUR PROJECTS

From spreading awareness to helping local communities, we advocate for those who need it the most.
The following are examples of our impact in the community.

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