Artist Cathy Salser and actress G Hannelius

Artist Cathy Salser and actress G Hannelius

For 25 years, Venice-based nonprofit A Window Between Worlds has been creating art programs to empower children and adults impacted by violence and trauma. To commemorate its anniversary, the organization is holding a celebration brunch on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.

Back in 1991, Los Angeles artist Cathy Salser spent the summer facilitating art workshops to promote healing at domestic violence shelters across the country. Upon returning home, she collaborated with the Sojourn shelter in Santa Monica to provide weekly art sessions for residents, marking the beginning of A Window Between Worlds.

Since that time, more than 182,000 children and adults have participated in A Window Between Worlds in over 350 locations nationwide, many of them places where art programs weren’t otherwise accessible or affordable.

“The fact that today this window of transformation lives in the hands and hearts of tens of thousands is incredibly humbling,” Salser, who will receive a Creative Vision award at the anniversary brunch, says of the nonprofit’s 25-year journey.

In recent years, A Window Between Worlds has expanded its focus to address the multiple ways trauma and violence affect people’s lives. Philanthropist and advocate Bill Resnick has been instrumental in this expansion, and he will be honored with a Community Impact award.

Author Mallika Chopra has recently worked with A Window Between Worlds to provide an online platform at for survivors and community members to share their experiences and goals. Chopra will receive a Compassionate Witness award.

Brunch attendees may participate in a silent auction that includes unique Transformation Touchstones — small pieces of art mounted under glass stones that were created by over 70 artists to honor the power of creativity in transforming lives.

The 300 seats for the brunch have already sold out, but a public online auction continues through 12:30 p.m. Sunday at

— Regan Kibbee

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