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By Mara Koch
Special to The PREVIEW
Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP) is sponsoring a Survivors Art Exhibit that runs with Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts’ production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The art exhibit is displayed in part of the PSCA gallery. Audience members can view the exhibit when they attend one of the theater performances. The gallery is also open to the community Friday and Saturday, 1-7 p.m., and Sunday, noon-2 p.m.
The Survivors Art Exhibit is intended to raise community awareness around the effects of violence on the individual, families and community. It highlights the effects of violence against women and girls, as it relates to one of the themes of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The exhibit includes art workshop pieces from local teens and adults who have experienced domestic violence, artwork from local artists in response to the theme or personal experiences of violence, and the ACVAP “Clothesline Project” — an ongoing art project in which participants create a shirt that expresses their thoughts and feelings regarding violence and their desire for the violence to end.
A wide variety of artwork is on display at the PSCA gallery and most pieces are available for purchase. Twenty percent of all exhibit artwork sales will go directly to ACVAP, with some generous artists donating all of the proceeds from their artwork to the local domestic violence/sexual assault agency. Donations help to fund advocacy and direct services for victims of violence, as well as violence prevention efforts in our community.
A Window Between Worlds, a national non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence, co-sponsors the Survivors Art Exhibit, which runs through the end of February.