Sharetta Howze is an artist, and founder of Hidden Tr3sures: An organization that focuses on maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit through creative expression. A survivor herself, she established Cr3ative Expressions Brain Injury Support Group, is the Coordinator for the Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance and an instructor of Creative Coping, Writing and Poetry at Urban Ounce of Prevention Services.
A poet with a heart for justice, Sharetta writes with conviction….utilizing her voice to shed light on the injustices of society, and advocates for artists with disabilities, while using expressive arts as a means of coping creatively with a disability herself. Sharetta overcomes daily, calling life a beautiful complexity. She fights through the adversities connected to Traumatic Brain Injury, the pain of Fibromyalgia and inflammation and nerve dysfunction of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. For her, art is therapy. She utilizes it for peace and dexterity as her hand was affected in an injury. Her work primarily consists of stripes (of healing) and splashes (of hope). Her collection, Create to Cope, is inspired by individuals fighting through trauma and disability and dedicated to her artist brother Deshaun Kimbrough who transitioned from this earth due to colon cancer December 20, 2018. Sharetta not only appreciates the services of Western Reserve Hospital as a previous patient, but through this collection, has been able to healthily navigate the grief of the first anniversary of her brother’s passing through creativity; from sorrow to peace.