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Life Recovery through Creative Healing

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

Arts for Recovery is a Christian faith-based program of Storytellers Creative Arts with a singular mission: life transformation through Gospel-infused creative expression.

Participating in the arts can inspire, motivate, and challenge us. The arts increase confidence, self-esteem, and skills – providing opportunities for future training and career advancement. Storytellers Creative Arts celebrates the value of the arts to heal people battling addiction, and mental illness. The unique combination of Gospel infused with the arts achieves a range of outcomes. AFR’s creative approach to outreach and discipleship provides tools and support for healthy and thriving living in a caring faith community.

"I suffer from trauma and mental illness. At Arts for Recovery, I am encouraged in my faith in God and I am reassured of my relationship with him. Arts for Recovery is a community of art, love, joy and welcoming. I find peace when I create art."

The program centers on Bible teachings for life recovery, in a creative setting, from a Christian faith perspective. Sessions include worship, a bible/gospel presentation with group discussion, and creative expression, offering an array of art therapeutic activities along with hands-on art instruction in the areas of visual arts, music, creative writing, drama, film, and other areas

Participants engage in journaling and creative writing to freely express thoughts, reflections, prayers, bible study notes and art.

David Lawrence Centers President and CEO Scott Burgess offered comments:

"We are honored to partner with Dr. Bill Barnett and Storytellers Creative Arts since 2015, now expanding its ministry of hope and healing to clients at David Lawrence Centers serving those who come to us often in their darkest hours. Through holistic care, prayer, and expressive arts programs, thousands are embracing the light of hope and faith needed to overcome the disease of addiction."

God works through the arts to unlock stories, opening up avenues for healing, igniting the senses, touching the heart, and healing the soul. Arts for Recovery offers individuals a chance to tell their stories through creative arts, releasing deep hurts.

“This ministry is dedicated to helping restore inspiration, and creative awareness; a voice, and a brushstroke of hope for the broken and bruised.”

For more information, or to volunteer email: or call (239) 287-7331.

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When you contribute financially, you're supporting a global community that God is using to transform the world. Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to accomplish our mission.

A Southwest Florida-based, global non-profit that disciples, equips, and unleashes artists to impact the world for Christ, and serve the least, the lost, and the last.

For more information on our outreach programs, community groups for artists, and upcoming events. volunteer opportunities or to donate, email: or call (239) 287-7331.

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