Artistic Advocates for Healing is a non-profit charity born from the dreams of Barbara Garrett. In December 2004, a survivor suggested she write a Requiem in honor of victims of violence and abuse. In the process of causing a performance of the Requiem she wrote to happen, Battered Souls Advocates was created on September 1, 2005, with the help of that same survivor. The goal was to have a performance of the Requiem and work with other charities to create a source of healing and peace to those whose lives had been touched by violence and abuse. As a result of putting on that first performance and people thinking we were another battered women’s shelter, the name of our charity was changed to Artistic Advocates for Healing.
Our premise is rather simple, but yet a massive endeavor. We intend to produce performances of “Requiem for Broken Souls” on an annual basis, working with other charities, making a difference in the aftermath of violence and abuse in a survivor’s life, bringing healing and peace through the arts to the equation. The Requiem is for 4 soloists, 8 part choir and full orchestra. We endeavor to get the costs of our concerts paid for ahead of time by holding a major fundraiser in the fall and others throughout the year. This way the net ticket proceeds from the concerts and other future artistic events can go to these other charities. Our ultimate goal is to incorporate all the arts, working with other charities, bringing healing and peace to the aftermath of violence and abuse all over the world
We know our actions to date have made a difference and we are inspired by the heart and courage by the comments given to us such as, “It was very powerful and thought provoking for me. It brings up memories, but in a way that you can see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The message is clear and the music is a medium for the unspoken to get their words out” from a Domestic Violence Survivor.