Lane's therapeutic arts non-profit organization THREAD, brings the healing power of creative expression to individuals and communities living in and with trauma.
After being invited to work with students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida after the horrific mass shooting at their school in 2018, Lane knew she needed to mobilize a new mission to foster connection and healing within communities by transforming individual and collective trauma into original works of art.
Through arts centered and therapeutic workshops, THREAD serves the needs of survivors of abuse, those struggling with addiction and mental health, cancer survivors, incarcerated men and women, veterans, and those impacted by inequality and discrimination of any kind. THREAD also implements programs to address the urgent needs of communities affected by gun violence, natural disasters and other crisis scenarios.
Hear Me Out
This original song, which was written and recorded in one of the classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, puts forth the emotions and insights of these young people as they participated in the Healing Through The Arts initiative at Camp Shine in the summer of 2018.
Over the course of 4 days, students experienced incredible transformation through the therapeutic and creative process. Upon arrival, students were sullen, shellshocked and silent. As they were guided through the project, facilitated by Lane Gardner and Pete Kalvert as well as music therapist Bree Gordon, the students began to connect, share experiences, exhibit more ease and fluidity and discovered profound self-agency and pride in their authentic voices. They presented their song to the rest of the students in the program with exuberance, solidarity and joy. Their song continues to serve as an inspiration and reminder of strength, courage and healing for others impacted by the events of that day.
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