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Come See the Portraits of Addiction and Hope Portrait Show at TVSB January 15 – March 30, 2014

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In 2012, teen photographers from the SafeLaunch Media $500 Contest met with people in recovery at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, and read their stories. Teen artists then artistically interpreted the portraits and the stories. The message is loud and clear: Avoid early first exposure to alcohol and drugs.  As the poet-philosopher Noah BenShea says, “Addiction is a powerful teacher, but the tuition is your life.”

SafeLaunch is proud to offer the community a second look at these faces of addiction and hope. Through art and education, SafeLaunch offers new perspectives to encourage a shift in our attitudes, beliefs, and practices toward the disease of addiction. The time has come to prevent addiction where it begins 90% of the time… in early first exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

 “All of the participants have played an important role in raising awareness of the increased risk that teens have to addiction,” SafeLaunch co-founder Janet Rowse said. “The impact of the personal stories of the people in recovery who participated is evident in the art and photography by these talented students.”

Thursday, January 16, 2014
5pm to 7pm
TV Santa Barbara Multimedia Center
329 South Salinas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

View the invitation at this link: Invitation to the Reception, Show, and Tour

Invitation: SafeLaunch Art Opening and sbTNN Studio Tour at TV Santa Barbara

TV Santa Barbara, our local community access TV station, invites the community to the SafeLaunch art reception and show, an open house, and a chance to get on television.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
5pm to 7pm
TV Santa Barbara Multimedia Center
329 South Salinas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(Street Parking available and in the lot behind the studios)

View the invitation at this link: Invitation to the Reception, Show, and Tour

Portraits of Addiction and Hope is an introspective and deeply moving exhibit created by 21 students and 29 people in recovery. Each portrait of a person in recovery depicts unique dimensions of the journey: hope, humility, fear, resolve, triumph, pain and joy. All of them depict the heroism of individuals desiring change – often in the face of indescribable past hardship and pain.

Because 90% of addiction takes root in adolescence, viewing the experience through the eyes
of teen artists illuminates the subject in a profound light. The courage of the local men and women who shared their stories with the teen artists are challenged to maintain their recovery, and their experiences inspire viewers to prevent the agony of addiction before it starts. SafeLaunch is pleased to present this work from the 2012 Media $500 Contest where it can speak its powerful message again… to new hearts and minds.

Guests will tour the newly renovated TVSB facility with two state-of-the-art media production studios. Studio One will be open for guests to record their thoughts on a segment called, “I love TV Santa Barbara Because”. Guests will be able to meet some of the TVSB producers and members, including some of our teens who create, produce, and star on Santa Barbara Teen News Network.

This show would not be possible without our friends at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. We are forever grateful for their willingness to participate so fully to help prevent children from following in their path. Watch and listen to this compelling interview.

Flight Above Addiction Destination: Santa Maria, California

Dateline October 26, 2013

A team of student artists from the Santa Maria Valley Boys & Girls Club painted the SafeLaunch plane at the Santa Maria Airport. After participating in a lesson about the science of addiction and taking a ride in county’s brand new, million dollar fire engine, they picked up the paint brushes to create life affirming  designs and messages on the fuselage of a Cessna 182.

Thank you, Central Coast Jet Center, the Santa Maria County Fire Department, and the staff of the Boys and Girls Club!