The participants communicate the effects of trauma and abuse through their art. Imagination and artistic expression through the creative process can foster growth, development, self-exploration, a sense of empowerment and ultimately healing.
The workshops were held under the direction and management of Marta Levy, of Center for Hope and Safety and the inspiring instructions of artist Karen Snyder-Kadish. These workshops encourage open communication and interaction, while experimenting with art materials through which the artistic participants can express experiences and feelings. This program was made possible by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
The culmination of the art workshops will be displayed at the Art School at the Old Church, in Demarest, in the Café Gallery, through the month of October. A reception to kick off the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, from 6 to 7:30pm. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation and the art exhibit represents powerful, visual statements to educate our community, as well as to encourage victims to reach out to advocates for help. The Café Gallery will be open Monday –Friday 9:30am – 5pm & 7 -10pm, Saturday 9:30am – 3:30pm
For over 40 years (since 1976), Center for Hope and Safety has offered refuge to thousands of women and children by providing a diversified continuum of services that focus on attaining safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. CHSs life-saving programs for domestic violence victims in Bergen County include: a 24-hour hotline; a confidential emergency shelter; children’s residential programming; transitional housing; crisis counseling; case management; legal assistance; financial literacy and work-readiness training; an outreach service; community-based creative arts therapy for children, and community education. Visit www.centerforhopeandsafety.org for further information.