#ARTHEALS and #DVAM2019 Special
The Willow Domestic Violence Center has teamed up with the Lawrence Arts Center this October to bring you a weekend of events, workshops, and a community concert. #ArtHeals is our Domestic Violence Awareness Month partnership to raise awareness of DV in our community and celebrate the healing power of art.

Scroll down for a full list of all the events, and make sure you reserve a spot for the events YOU wish to attend!

All events are free and open to the public. Some events have limited seating, please RSVP to ensure your spot.
You can help survivors of domestic violence throughout Domestic Violence Awareness month by participating in The Willow's Stronger Today Virtual 5K. Walk, run, roll, or stroll your way to 5K, get a race t-shirt, and have a donut and drink at our Stronger Today Virtual 5K Donut Buffet on October 26th. Learn more here!
We kick off our weekend of awareness events with a Final Friday survivor art exhibition, as well as with a screening of a UK-based DV documentary "Behind Closed Doors", followed by a talk-back.
Survivor Art Exhibition
Lower Lobby | 5:30-9p.m.
A collection of artworks developed by survivors in our shelter, and from our community. Accompanying the artwork is a collection of survivor poetry and stories. Art Program Coordinator Lana Taber Grove will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Behind Closed Doors
Main Stage | 6:30-9p.m.
Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film follows three brave women who each waive their right to anonymity to show how insidious and terrifying domestic abuse can be.

Featuring a talk-back after with Executive Director Megan Stuke from The Willow.
Our Saturday is full of events and activities including including the Stronger Today 5K Donut Buffet, a series of workshops on using art to tell stories, activities in the main lobby, and a community concert at the end of the evening.
Lower Lobby | 10:30-11a.m.

Celebrate your completion of the Stronger Today Virtual 5K with style at our Stronger Today Virtual 5K Donut Buffet. You can pick up your t-shirts, take a picture in front of our official award banner, have a donut and a juice (or a cheeky mimosa) and talk with other 5K participants. It's a great way to celebrate your 5K victo-ray!
Social Stitchery
Lower Lobby | 10:00a.m.-5p.m.

Social Stitching is an ongoing art project that creates handmade scarves and hats for community members who find themselves disadvantaged. Free yarn and tools are provided for anyone who is interested in making a contribution, along with lessons on crochet and knitting techniques. All skill levels are welcome as each event has experts and brand new yarn enthusiasts. All work will be donated to local non-profits.
Truth in Rhyme:
Poetry Reveals
Studio 213 | 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.

Using poetry as a tool to untether our words, this workshop will release the conscious mind so that we might mine our subconscious for our own signposts, messages we can place on a path that has been littered by trauma. We are going to skip our way through those dark woods and learn where the flowers grow. 
We are going 
to learn 
to feel 
what we know 
that we are defined 
not by what Life has done to us
but by what we 
do to Life!
Telling Your Story:
Ideas for Memoir Writing
Studio 213 | 1:00-2:30p.m.

Want to write about events from your life? Is there an essay or memoir inside you that is waiting to be written? Join author Molly Krause for a workshop from her course, Jump Start Your Memoir. Learn tips, explore pitfalls, receive prompts and ask questions this during this interactive class. Bring paper and pen!
Power Words:
Healing Through Paper Art
Studio 213 | 3:00-4:30p.m.

Artist Alicia Kelly helps you discover Power Words - a word or phrase you can create in 3-D paper art to reflect its importance in your life. Join with an open mind and learn to speak out through the power of pop-up.
Speak Out, Sing Out!
A Community Concert
Main Stage | 7:00-8:30p.m.

This uplifting and educational concert will embrace the healing power of word and song. Willow Executive Director Megan Stuke will speak about the physical, emotional, and societal costs of domestic violence, and what we can do as a community to help end the cycle of violence. Join artists Monzie Leo, Katlyn Conway, and Lawrence Free State Aurora Choir and Children's Choir, along with local speakers to celebrate and empower the human spirit. Seats are free but limited. Reserve your seat now!
Can't attend any of the events? Why not consider a donation in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month? All donations go to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community.