Domestic violence center and arts center to partner for two-day event on healing power of art

The Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Lawrence Arts Center will join forces later this month to celebrate the healing power of art and raise awareness about domestic violence.

The two centers, as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, are presenting a two-day program titled #ArtHeals on Oct. 25-26 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

The weekend will include a variety of events, such as a Final Friday exhibition of survivor art; a film screening and talkback session, featuring “Behind Closed Doors,” a documentary on three survivors; a series of writing workshops; a stitching circle; interactive activities for the public; and a community concert, with several local acts and community choirs singing songs about hope and survival, according to a news release from The Willow.

The activities are supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

Last year, according to the news release, The Willow provided 6,999 nights of safe bed rest and over 1,200 services and meetings. “This year the agency hopes to make an even bigger impact,” the release said.

For more information about #ArtHeals, see the website www.willowdvcenter.org/artheals.

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