Monday, January 13, 2014

Bringing Creative Voice to Domestic Violence Survivors

Traveling PostcardsShelter to Shelter, was designed to creatively bring voice and healing to survivors of domestic violence.

During the summer of 2013, a pair of artists conducted workshops at 11 different shelters for women who have endured domestic violence.

One writes:
From California to Wyoming, Kansas, Illinois, West Virginia, and Texas and beyond, my partner and I drove hundreds of miles each day, stayed in motels and campgrounds and then hosted workshops at 11 shelters in eleven states.  Our hope was to reach women who are often isolated and who would be willing to share their stories of resiliency after recovering from years of abuse.  Each safe house we visited provided housing, counseling, legal advocacy and education to their clients, many of whom are younger than 30. We interviewed every director and were happy to tour the facilities and learn as much as we could about their ongoing program needs.

Our healing arts workshop, Traveling Postcards, was an opportunity for every woman we met, to share her collective wisdom while also creating an intimate hand- made piece of art that became a portrait of her authentic self. The cards are beautiful and the creative process allowed for much needed healing as well as a connection to a global community of women who care about ending violence against women.

From The Pollination Project

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