The H.O.P.E. Initiative represents a consortium of innovative projects that are created to address individual and community trauma - particularly domestic and sexual violence - through the arts.
Mission & Vision
The H.O.P.E. Initiative aims to foster social impact and create social change by utilizing the arts to promote social justice, healing and empowerment for individuals, families and the community.
Our vision is to create a culture of healing in community by cultivating hope through the arts.
H.O.P.E. recognizes every social problem as a personal and collective opportunity to be bold, courageous and resilient. We know that the arts are grounded in creativity and innovation and therefore, have the power to nurture the qualities needed to overcome trauma, foster healing and create a culture that challenges fear because it embraces hope.
WE BELIEVE IN HUMANITY:
● We know the power of kindness.
● We trust that most people are good and will do good when given opportunities to do so.
● We believe in the ability to change for good and for better.
● We believe that we have all that we need to do good in the world.
● We believe that creativity is the medium through which a higher power communicates
with humanity for the greater good of humanity.
● We believe that God is creative and creativity is a gift from God to humankind.
(Creativity is of God) ● We believe that creativity is the key to all things possible.
● We believe that ordinary people do extraordinary things everyday.
● We believe success comes with a balance of mind-fullness and heart-fullness.
H.O.P.E. is central to empowerment work, since without hope, neither individuals nor communities can begin the struggle to change (Freire 1998, Empowerment Theory Research). Like Freire, The H.O.P.E. Initiative - Helping Ordinary People Everyday - seeks to effectuate change in communities by creating safe spaces for people to change themselves through the healing arts and creative expression. H.O.P.E. seeks to offer a light of hope for a fresh change - one which is creative, cultural and relevant. Lead by survivors who are thriving in the arts and immersed in the community, H.O.P.E. will utilize the power of communication arts, performing arts, culinary arts and visual arts to promote healing, spark action and uphold the power of hope.
H.O.P.E. values the arts as one of God’s greatest creations for truth telling, truth seeking and truth bearers. We value the extraordinary contributions of ordinary people who dare to heal through creativity while inspiring others to do the same in the process. We value human touch and human connection and value art as a medium for these ‘ordinary needs’ that make an extraordinary difference for humanity. H.O.P.E. values culture - specifically Virgin Islands and Caribbean culture - and aims to incorporate facets of this identity in our work. Lastly, H.O.P.E. recognizes that trauma is found in all forms of oppression and oppressive events which includes but is not limited to domestic and sexual violence, racism and natural disasters. Our work is all encompassing of these issues and will be addressed through the various fine art forms: communication arts, performing arts, culinary arts and visual arts.