Art Changes Things!

It Changes the Narrative on Trauma

 Using Storytelling to Build the Beloved Community

Teaching Resilience, Community Collaboration and 

Leadership, Creative Problem Solving to Our Youth 

Theatre workshops teach resilience

The  LLDTP iworkshop that addresses community challenges  through performance art, tackling a variety of social concerns such as  incarceration, school violence, bullying, peer pressure, addiction and race inequity. 

Now showing in Petersburg, VA!!

Beyond ACEs Summit: August 8-9, 2019
Petersburg High School, Rd, Petersburg, Va 23805

Register for the summit



The Beyond ACEs SUMMIT 2019 will give providers and laypersons alike the opportunity to understand the basic language of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Persons familiar with the basic language and root causes of ACEs can further explore toxic stress and learn Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) practices. This year is historically significant because it marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia. It was also a time that marked significant trauma. The information presented will explore the impact of race, culture and poverty both past and present through the lens of ACEs and Trauma. Speakers will present compelling and thought-provoking stories of trauma and resilience. Trauma-Informed Community Development and resilience-building resources will be available.

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This educational event will offer CEUs through Virginia Tech for everyone registered. (Some restrictions apply.)

Beyond ACEs Summit: Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9
Registration Cost: $155 through July 10 and $175 afterwards
LOCATION: Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805

To register

Therapeutic Storytelling for ACEs /Trauma Informed Care

The Virginia Department of Health/ Crater District held the Beyond ACES Summit 2017 in the City of Petersburg.  The goal was to engage and inform community about Adverse Childhood Experience and offer ways to deal with trauma.  This video captures the AND THEN There's Hope Project that brought together teens and seniors to tell the story of a city struggling  with multiple economic hardships and historic trauma. Yet it also reveals the resilience of the generations that call it home.

Trauma Informed Art and Creative Storytelling

"A Storyteller on a Mission" - Changing the narrative on trauma

Therapeutic Art and Creative Storytelling addressing:

  • Implicit Bias / Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs)
  • Trauma Informed Care / Mindfulness
  • Inter-generational / Community Resilience
  • Diversity Training / Youth Leadership Workshops

Danita Rountree Green (R Satiafa) is an author, playwright and trauma healing facilitator, conducting creative workshops addressing various forms of trauma.  Using the art of storytelling, Danita unravels self-defeating narratives, helping people move through personal, generational and historical trauma using Spoken word / Visual Arts and Crafts / Performance Art / Movement

Generations Connecting Through Stories

The collective impact of storytelling  promotes cohesiveness in a community, bridging young and old, past and present, the wisdom of long-time stakeholders (seniors)  and new community investors (youth). Storytelling as a therapeutic word-based  art activity is an innovative means of teaching values, traditions and creative problem solving.   The collected stories are workshopped to uncover interesting similarities and unique differences in the lives of the youth and the elders. The elders sharing “how I got over” personal stories that demonstrate resilience.  In turn, the teens will perform their ACE stories live with each story revealing what they have learned  AND how to move through difficult times, building resilience.  Our Senior and Teen  Storytellers become performers, therapeutically acting out situations and events shared in their commun

Activities combining cognitive and motor skills always provide a way to tell a more in-depth story.

Activities combining cognitive and motor skills always provide a way to tell a more in-depth story.

10 creative workshops to choose from for youth, seniors, boards, workforce development, etc.

  • AND THEN There's Hope
  • Crowns of Creation
  • Super Hero (Comic) Resilience
  • What's On Your Mind? 
  • Fairytale Fixin'
  • Pass the Cup
  • What Makes you Tick?
  • Paper Puppet Power
  • World in Your Hands
  • A Ceremony for You

Leadership and diversity training programs are also available. 

Danita Rountree Green copyright © 2017

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Raven Pierce talks about Trauma and Resilience

Surry County, Va. youth learn the importance of dealing with trauma and the resilience that comes from TIC training.  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction, domestic violence and substance abuse.  These teens are learning how to move through their own trauma and be a support to others.