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YWCA collecting art for “Week Without Violence” gallery walk

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 1:49 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The fight against violence for women and girls continues, as the YWCA gears up for its second annual “Week Without Violence” gallery walk next week.

The YWCA, Hope Harbor and The Crisis Center in Grand Island is hosting the event to be apart of the movement in helping end violence.

“The YWCA USA for over 20 years has set aside a specific week in October to raise awareness and kind of engage action, preventing and keeping the survivors from any sort of violence, helping them survive,” said YWCA Grand Island’s Women’s Empowerment Coordinator Marissa Hernandez.

In 2020, more than 40% of adults who entered Hope Harbor experienced domestic violence and at the Crisis Center, they provided services for 92 people from January to September. This year’s theme is called “Beyond Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving,” a theme powerful enough to help spread awareness on the impacts of violence against these victims.

“We hear the words survivor all the time but we don’t necessarily, we don’t know if that’s what survivors are like because they are surviving but we want them to thrive as well,” Hernandez said.

The art pieces, going along with the theme, will be displayed in businesses downtown.

“This is our second year, so we have last year’s artists that are participating again,” Hernandez said. “I reached out to some of the middle schools and high school art teachers who could be amateurs, it could be people who are just interested or people who have a strong connection to violence and don’t know how to do art.”

The YWCA is asking anyone interested in submitting art for the event to drop them off at the YWCA from Oct. 11-15. For more information on how to get involved contact either one of the organizations.

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