Parkland school shooting survivors using arts, music therapy to heal

- Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena are two students who survived the shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following the tragic event, they channeled their pain into the song "Shine."

What began as a way of healing, turned into a musical anthem which they performed at CNN’s Town Hall and then again at the “March for Our Lives” student-led demonstration in Washingon D.C. 

Sawyer and Andrea created the nonprofit Shine MSD, which aims to help students affected by gun violence use the arts to deal with trauma.

Through Shine MSD,  “Camp Shine” was launched as a free, two-week camp for students that provides arts-based trauma therapy utilizing drama, visual arts and music.

On Sept. 30 from 5 to 10 p.m., Shine MSD will co-host The Actions for Change Food & Music Festival in Parkland, Florida to raise awareness to end gun violence and promote voter registration.  

The event is the anchor of a series of concerts happening across the country under the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence (www.concertacrossamerica.org).  Well known music performers will partner with Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to perform -- while 30 chef tents serve food from James Beard winners and Michelin-star holders.  There will be an online and silent auction and live art including sculptures and paintings being created onsite.

Read more information at actionsforchange.com.

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