Maine Community Foundation Grant will support Transforming Violence II

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) recently received a $4,200 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation in support of “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II”, in partnership with the Family Violence Project of Augusta.

It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” will take place this coming October 2015 (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.  Using the power of art, the exhibition will voice a collective rejection of the use of domestic violence to control and manipulate others, and will challenge our society’s overall acceptance of violence. Organizers hope to raise public awareness about the continuing problem of domestic violence in Maine. Grant funding will support a series of workshops and other events during the exhibition, some open to the public and some meant for survivors of domestic violence. The Harlow Gallery and Family Violence Project have released an open call to Maine artists to create art for the art exhibition with a submission deadline of August 15th. Full details are available on the gallery’s website.

Ten years ago the Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project partnered to present “Transforming Violence” a collaborative, multi-voiced, educational art exhibition and workshop series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities. The first Transforming Violence exhibition took place in October 2005 and was an important, empowering and transformative experience for those who participated. While there has been a increase in community awareness of the issue of violence in the community since then, domestic violence is still still taking a terrible toll on Maine families.

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a 501(c)3 membership based nonprofit, founded in Augusta in 1958.  They own and operate the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell where they have worked to connect and celebrate the art, artists and community for over half a century, since 1963.  For more information visit the Harlow Gallery online at www.harlowgallery.org.

The Family Violence Project is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping domestic abuse of women, children and men. We provide a 24 hour toll free helpline, individual advocacy, support groups, children’s programs, emergency shelter and referrals, community and school-­based education and abuser education. For more information visit www.familyviolenceproject.org.

The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities.  For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800

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