Brett Batterson Walking through the fear.

When Brett was just 7 years old, his father died of a heart attack. Because his father had a life insurance policy, Brett's mother was able to provide for her children. Brett found inspiration through his participation in the arts. Brett currently works as the Executive Director for the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout his career, Brett found stability in the arts, and his involvement in the artistic world provided him with encouragement, self-confidence, and the ability to express himself. The arts made a profound impact on Brett's life, and he realized that the arts could provide hope, comfort, and healing to others. For this reason, in 2005, he created "Hands Together, Heart to Art," a one-of-a-kind summer camp for children between the ages of 7 and 14 who have endured the death of a parent. This innovative program uses theatre, music, dance, and creative play to encourage the campers to express themselves and learn how to overcome the trauma of their past and lead successful, productive, and joyful lives.