EXPRESSIONS: A Survivors’ Gallery is an opportunity for
survivors of domestic violence and trauma to own the
narrative of what it means to be a survivor. All pieces were created during YWCA’s weekly healing art workshop, Expressions. The show will feature more than 60 pieces of art, using a variety of mediums, and all created by survivors and displayed with full consent from the artist.
Expressions: A Survivors’ Gallery will be displayed at the West Lafayette Public Library from February 14 – March 15, 2020. The show is free and open to the public during open Library hours.
Expressions is YWCA Greater Lafayette’s healing art support group for survivors of trauma. Through art, survivors are able to process the trauma they have experienced in their life in a safe and supported space. Every healing art workshop is a Window of Time during which participants are invited toe express themselves creatively and authentically. Simultaneous workshops for adults and kids allow survivors of all ages to participate. EXPRESSIONS is facilitated by staff certified in the A Window Between Worlds model, and is not offered as art therapy. For more information about weekly workshops, contact Rachel.
“Creating art, particularly in community, can open windows of safety, self-expression and connection that those who have been affected by violence and trauma may not experience through other processes or in other settings.” – A Window Between Worlds Philosophy
ABOUT YWCA DVIPP
YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program (DVIPP) has been providing safe shelter, support services and hope to survivors of domestic violence in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties since 1979. In 2018, we provided 9,031 nights of safe shelter for survivors and their children. Our hotline staff received 5,600 calls for help last year – our DVIPP staff and dedicated volunteers work 365 days of the year to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered.
YWCA DVIPP works tirelessly to provide a whole-person approach to healing. Not only do we supply basic necessities such as safe shelter, food, and personal items, but we work with each client on their personal journey of healing and recovery.