what is empathy?


Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions.  It is the ability to 'put yourself in someone else's shoes.'

Empathy is understanding that everyone has their own story, listening to those stories, and sharing your story, as way to respect and embrace the power of individuality and diversity.

Empathy is being mindful of our own feelings, and being responsible for how our words and actions affect others.  It is the most powerful tool we have to create connections between people and to build community.

empathy through storytelling


Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing narratives, and has existed throughout time and across cultures as a form of documentation, communication, fellowship, education and entertainment.  Stories are a powerful tool to better understanding one’s neighbors, community, and society.  The sharing of personal stories encourages understanding and connection, a chance to walk in each other’s shoes.  


We harness the power of the narrative to promote empathy, sharing stories as a way to break down barriers and shatter stereotypes.  

'The story is a machine for empathy. In contrast to logic or reason, a story is about emotion that gets staged over a sequence of dramatic moments, so you empathize with the characters without really thinking about it too much. It is a really powerful tool for imagining yourself in other people's situations.'

Ira Glass

empathy programming in schools


Empathy Through Art offers a 10-week program for elementary schools that creates opportunities for young people K-5 to engage in art making, group discussion and classroom collaboration to encourage social-emotional learning.  Art-based activities offer a judgement-free space where students are able to:​​

"Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy."


Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • explore feeling identification

  • learn empathy-related vocabulary

  • gain tools for talking about and managing emotions 

  • discover creative methods to recall personal experiences that

       involve different emotions

       and sharing them with


  • achieve skills needed to

       put themselves in

       someone else’s shoes

empathy building in the community


Empathy is the the building block for creating a community.  It's what connects us as neighbors, and encourages us to be mindful of one another, to take care of each other.  Empathy is what compels us to take action and create change in the world around us.


We utilize storytelling, art making and creative collaboration to promote dialogue and shared experiences in the community through:

  • public art exhibition

  • community workshops

  • family-centered activities 

        and events

"Empathy is the most revolutionary emotion."


Gloria Steinem

Latest News

We are piloting the Empathy Through Art program at Lincolnwood this school year 2016-2017!​​


Empathy Through Art Exhibit at Open Studio Project and Gather in Evanston!​  Click here for more info.

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links for more info:

What is art therapy?

american art therapy association

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