October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout this month, I hope to share news, resources, project, and blog posts again this year about how art is helping survivors of domestic violence and bring attention to the issue of interpersonal violence. Here are some art-based events and projects happening that you can get involved with or spread the word about:
- Seen in the news recently, OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) in Hickory, North Carolina is organizing an Art Crawl and exhibits to bring awareness to the impact and issue of domestic violence for later this week, including a display of “In Her Shoes” by The Peace Rose Sisters and the paintings of domestic violence survivor Michelle Johnson Major. Johnson Major is also the founder of Be a Voice Arts (BAVA) that uses art to speak up about abuse. On BAVA’s site you can learn more about how to participate in an Artist Trading Card (ATC) project called Voice ATC Challenge to bring awareness to domestic violence and help survivors.
- Another art-based project in the news recently is the exhibit Pearls of Wisdom. This project in association with A Window Between Worlds and artist Kim Abeles highlights the metaphor of a pearl’s formation: “transforming memories of domestic pain into objects and shared texts that offer public lessons of courage, strength and solidarity”. The concept expands further with The Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence community engagement project which includes not only public exhibitions, but workshops, programming, and an online curriculum for high school teachers and college classes. You can learn more about these Pearls of Wisdom offerings here. Also check out the Pearls of Wisdom blog and community wall, where you can create your own pearl and share it online through posting your image on the project’s blog.
If you are interested in learning more about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project for more information.