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Art for Advocacy

Event Dates
Housatonic Community College

900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT

In recognition of National Crimes Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this event will create a space for artistic expression for all members of the community.

The goal of the exhibit is to encourage survivors and allies to form representation for cultures and identities, share voices through artistic storytelling, and help create a space for community and healing. The sponsors wish to empower survivors in their healing process and educate others on how to be allies to survivors of sexualized crimes and all crimes.

You may also submit your art in the following categories:

“What were you wearing?”

An installation based on survivor descriptions of the clothes they were wearing during their sexual assault. The purpose of the exhibit is to eliminate a victim-blaming myth that clothing somehow invites a sexual assault. We need to stop asking the question and assert that victims of crime are not responsible for crimes committed against them. 

Survivors Gallery

Invites survivors and allies to submit artworks that focus on the NCVRW theme of Rights (enforcing victims’ rights), Access (expanding access to services), and Equity (ensuring equity and inclusion) for all victims. Artists have the option of incorporating the NCVRW theme colors; blue, green, orange. “The goal of artivism is action to create an effect.” Participants can submit old or new art. You may also submit creative writing (poetry slam).

Date Created: March 28, 2022