Arte Sana (art heals) launched its bilingual website in collaboration with women’s rights groups in Latina America in 2001, without any grant funds.
On March 8, 2001 Arte Sana offered its first event; a cultural gathering for International Women’s Day.
The Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art exhibit was showcased during this first event held in Austin, Texas. It was also the first national bilingual sexual assault survivor exhibit of its kind to include artwork messages from survivors of sexual violence, in both English and Spanish.
The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence is among the many entities that have adopted the Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art project. Over one-hundred hearts have been created in the Connecticut chapter alone since it was initiated in 2014.
Among Arte Sana's key accomplishments during its first five years of existence was the creation in 2004 of the Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual or ALAS - the national network of Latina/Latinx victim advocates.
Over 20 years of #AdvocacySinFronteras
The Capacitadoras en Acción (trainers in action) project was the first statewide bilingual sexual assault training project funded in Texas in 2002. The nine Nuestras Voces (our voices) National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conferences were among the first to include complete Spanish language workshop tracks presented directly in Spanish, and through the Yo Soy SAAM Spanish language webinar series offered during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Arte Sana has empowered bilingual victim advocates, and has promoted bilingual professional development to enhance victim assistance for marginalized communities.