Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Clothesline Project: Break the Silence... to end Violence against Women

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the Target Gallery is proud to be a part of the Clothesline Project through the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Program, Office on Women, City of Alexandria. SARA will have a selection of their Clothesline Project on display in the Target Gallery from April 5-April 8.

Schedule of events include:
April 5-8: The gallery will have a selection of decorated t-shirts from the Clothesline project on display, a journal for writing messages, and literature about SARA’s program.

April 7: Expressive Arts and Healing workshop organized by local writer/editor and founder of Spark, Amy Souza. Public will be able to decorate t-shirts and add to the Clothesline and/or try their hand at creative writing.

April 8, Thursday: At 7pm a spoken word program led by Amy Souza. Following the spoken word, we will have an open mic portion to the evening for anyone that would like to come forward to say a few words.

The Clothesline Project t-shirts will also be on display the week of April 14-23 at the Alexandria City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby and April 23-30 at the Diva Boutique at 116 Pitt St. in Alexandria.

For our project, we need donations of t-shirts and craft supplies. The t-shirts should come in the following colors:

White - for women who have died of violence;
Yellow or beige - for women who have been battered or assaulted
Red, pink, or orange - for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted
Blue or green - for women who are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
Purple or lavender - for women attacked because of their sexual orientation.

The craft supplies to help in decorating the t-shirts could include but are not limited to paint markers, feathers, sequins, glue sticks, glue guns, thread, needles, etc. Any supplies and t-shirts left over will be donated to the Office on Women’s SARA program for their future Clothesline projects.

We need your donations by Tuesday April 6 by close of business, but will certainly continue to accept donations through Wednesday.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!

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