We dream of a world where all people can be seen, heard and celebrated exactly as they are, and can feel safe enough to walk unafraid.
Walk Unafraid is committed to building a culture of compassion and unity that uplifts and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We support underrepresented artists (women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and folks living with disabilities) who are working to build bridges, create community and connect humanity in innovative uplifting ways.
What We’re About:
Walk Unafraid fosters creativity, connection and change by inspiring creative individuals and community organizations to create social, racial, environmental and economic change through innovative collaborations.
We offer empowering interactive art programs, workshops, tools and resources for schools, businesses, community groups and social service agencies around the country.
Through our grant and mentorship programs, we offer direct support to underrepresented artists who strive to build safer, more inclusive communities where everyone can walk unafraid.
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Walk Unafraid is a creative project started in 2003 by Artistic Director, Gabrielle Senza and formalized in 2019 with the incorporation of the Walk Unafraid Foundation, Inc. We are anticipating final approval from the IRS for Walk Unafraid to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity. In the meantime, gifts may be made via Fractured Atlas.
GABRIELLE SENZA | STUDIO LAB ELEVEN is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of GABRIELLE SENZA | STUDIO LAB ELEVEN are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Gabrielle Senza, Founder & Artistic Director
Gabrielle Senza is an artist, musician, and educator deeply committed to building healthier, more inclusive communities that uplift and amplify the voices of marginalized people. Her civically-engaged art practice addresses social and environmental injustice. Partnering with museums, galleries, schools and organizations, Gabrielle has presented artwork, lectures, classes, and performances at events and venues around the world. Some of these include Vagina Monologue/VDay events, Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA-NY, Cooper Union, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Puffin Foundation, and ZK/U-Berlin – the Center for Art & Urbanistics.
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Origins of the Project:
Walk Unafraid originated as a collaborative public art installation created by Gabrielle Senza in 2003. It was one of several creative initiatives she developed under Red Collaborative, the non-profit arts organization she formed in 2001, to raise awareness and empower survivors of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. By collaborating with homeless teens, battered women, immigrants and refugees, Red Collaborative amplified the voices of the unheard ~ and often unseen ~ victims of abuse.
Senza went on to offer Walk Unafraid collaborative art projects and kits for schools, libraries, community groups and social service agencies around the country, working together to raise awareness, empower victims of abuse, and build healthier communities.