Arts and Music
(Includes sites specifically focusing on art featuring violence against
women, such as plays and visual art and music.)
The Angel Band Project – we use music to promote healing, raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. We accomplish this by sharing our story of finding hope and healing through music, St. Louis, MO.
Art Works for Change – partnering with leading educational and activist organizations to produce art exhibitions on such topics as social justice, human rights, gender equity, war and peace, and the environment. The current exhibition is, Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art – An International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Oakland, CA.
Arte Sana (art heals) – a nonprofit agency for underserved survivors of gender and racial violence that promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education, Austin, TX. See Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded survivor art exhibit.
Center for Digital Story Telling – the mission is to promote the value of story as a means for compassionate community action. We partner with organizations around the world to develop programs which support individuals in rediscovering how to listen to each other and share first person stories. Our group process and the stories that emerge serve as effective tools for change amidst a world of technology and media overload, Berkeley, CA.
Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble – a unique and exciting program that SafePlace and the Theatre Action Project created to address bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence and abuse and other social problems now, and train leaders to generate solutions for them in the future, Austin, TX.
Deana’s Educational Theater – preventing bullying, dating/domestic violence and sexual assault by developing and producing high impact programs to promote healthy relationships. Our professional actors are specially trained to lead dynamic discussions following each performance. Deana's Educational Theater now has the Yellow Dress available on DVD, Stoneham, MA.
The Door, Gift From Within – a woman's journey from domestic violence victim to survivor.
Fix the Hurt – since 2005, FTH has worked to increase awareness of domestic and dating violence through our interactive theater performances. From military installations and correctional facilities to high schools and community nonprofits, our powerful performances are solving some of the toughest social issues, Mesa, AZ.
Jones, Ann (writer / photographer) – author of a number of non-fiction books about her research into women's and humanitarian issues: Women Who Kill, Kabul in Winter, Looking for Lovedu, Next Time She'll be Dead and When Love Goes Wrong. She has also written and taken photographs for a number of publications including: National Geographic Traveler, Outside, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. The majority of her work and writings centers on women's issues, especially domestic violence.
Living with the Enemy Gallery – Donna Ferrato rode over 6,000 hours with police around the country to get some of the photographs in Living With the Enemy. In the introduction to Living With the Enemy, Ferrato writes, “Much of the book was born out of frustration – first, because I felt powerless in the face of the violence I had seen, and second, because for a long time no magazine would publish the pictures. Buy the 1995 paperback.
A Long Walk Home – uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. ALWH features the testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence, Chicago, IL.
The Men's Story Project – a new public performance and community dialogue project that explores social ideas about masculinity, using the arts as a medium for community-building and social change. It aims to highlight men's stories that are less often heard; to break silence on issues including sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism and violence – and ways in which these are often intertwined with masculinities; to celebrate men's beauty and humanness; and to stimulate active discussion on what being a man is all about. The ultimate goal of this replicable project is to help increase the presence of genuine self-expression, peace, health and justice in communities, San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
StoryTelling & Organizing Project – a community project collecting and sharing stories about everyday people taking action to end interpersonal violence. Many people have been developing community-based interventions to interpersonal violence. By that we mean: actions taken to stop, address or prevent interpersonal violence; community-based or collective action ~ involving family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community members; and actions that do not rely on social services, police or child protective services. While many of us support the idea of community-based responses to violence, some of us have difficulty even imagining what this could look like. What we found is that people have many stories about things that they did to stop violence. Some are small things, some spontaneous, and some are big or involve lots of planning and lots of people, Oakland, CA.
Survivors Art Foundation – dedicated to encourage healing through the arts, Survivors Art Foundation is committed to empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills. Our goals are to provide entertainment, education, and exposure to the arts. We endeavor to raise public awareness through the arts: eradicating abuse and creating an atmosphere of acceptance for survivors with disabilities. Mainstreaming trauma survivors with physical and mental disabilities into the arts, Westhampton, NY.
That Takes Ovaries – a unique initiative that mixes the arts with activism for women and girls' empowerment. We do with with our best-selling-book, multicultural play, highly-participatory events and trainings. Our latest offering, an event titled, "Leading a Bold Life: Recognizing the Risk-Taker in All of Us" is geared equally to a mixed-gender audience, Amherst, MA.
Voices of Men – a one-man play working to end men's violence against women, Maynard, MA.
A Window Between Worlds – a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and children gain a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become a "window between worlds" for survivors taking steps to change their lives. AWBW's partners have long recognized the impact of Windows' trauma-informed arts programs for survivors of all forms of trauma. Through partnership with agencies serving trauma survivors in various fields, AWBW is further developing trauma-informed art workshops to better serve the following sectors: sexual assault, veteran's communities, homelessness, male survivors and batterer's intervention, Venice, CA.
Yell, Yell, Yell, by Pearson Perry – a song about a woman killed by her husband.