The Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project are hosting the Maine Silent Witness Project for three days at the end of September, Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, 2015, leading into October’s exhibition, “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II“.
The Silent Witness Project is a national initiative that honors those who have been killed in acts of domestic abuse. Community community members are invited to come to the Harlow Gallery on any of the three workshop dates to participate in creating Silent Witness figures to promote awareness about ending domestic abuse. The Maine Silent Witness Project, led by Susan Fuller and Wayland Linscott, maintains a traveling exhibit of life-size, red, wooden silhouettes of women, each with a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story. Here in Maine, these silhouettes representing victims of domestic abuse have been a focal point of domestic abuse education since 1994. Folks work together to create the exhibit that will stay within their community and be used for educating and raising awareness about domestic abuse. But it’s the conversations over the wood and paint – often with surviving family members – where the healing begins.
Come to the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell on any or all of the following dates. Wear clothing appropriate for messy work (painting, sanding etc.). You may spend as much or as little time as you wish. Participation is free and everyone is welcome.
Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 4-7pm, and Saturday, September 26, 9am to noon.
Susan Fuller has coordinated the Maine Silent Witness Project since its inception in 1995, helping Maine to be the 24th state to come on board the National Silent Witness Initiative. She has worked in the field of domestic abuse as a speaker, trainer and domestic abuse advocate since 1994. She currently coordinates Maine’s Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel.
Wayland Linscott was first drawn into the field of Advocacy for Women and grassroots education around Domestic Violence when he helped to create the original figures of New Hampshire’s Silent Witness Project in 1994 and then Maine’s original exhibit in 1995. Currently Wayland serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Maine Silent Witness Project. Wayland is a former co-facilitator for Alternatives to Abuse, the Batterer’s Intervention Program affiliated with Safe Voices in Lewiston, Maine, and was a member of the Androscoggin Domestic Violence Task Force. In addition, a particular interest has been organizing men to recognize their role and responsibility in ending Domestic Violence.
Contact Susan or Wayland at the Maine Silent Witness Project with questions: 207-406-4050.
For more information please visit:
Family Violence Project: www.familyviolenceproject.org
Silent Witness National Initiative: www.silentwitness.net
“It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” and related events are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.