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March 30, 2010 Published in Arts & Style

Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery Participates In The Clothesline Project For Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Break the Silence… to end violence against women

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery is proud to be a part of the Clothesline Project through the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Program, Office of Women, City of Alexandria. SARA will have a selection of their Clothesline Project on display in the Target Gallery from April 5-April 8.

During the month of April, several locations in Alexandria will be sporting an unusual decor – vividly decorated t-shirts hung on a clothesline.  As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and sponsored locally by the Alexandria Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Program, the Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. It provides an opportunity for women to break the silence, with each shirt decorated to represent a particular woman’s experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her.

Schedule of events include:

April 5-8: The gallery will have a selection of decorated t-shirts from the Clothesline project on display, a journal for writing messages, and literature about SARA’s program.

April 7: Expressive Arts and Healing Day in the gallery from 10-6pm; stations will be set up for the public to create a t-shirt, or write a story, or poem. This workshop will be led by writer, editor and founder of Spark, Amy Souza.

April 8, Thursday, 7pm: A spoken word program led by Amy Souza. Following the spoken word, we will have an open mic portion to the evening for anyone that would like to come forward to say a few words.

The Clothesline Project t-shirts will also be on display the week of April 14-23 at the Alexandria City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby and April 23-30 at the Diva Boutique at 116 Pitt St. in Alexandria.

Background:

The Clothesline Project began in 1990 when members of the Cape Cod Women’s Agenda hung a clothesline across the village green in Hyannis, Massachusetts with 31 shirts decorated by survivors of assault, rape and incest. Women viewing the clothesline came forward to create shirts of their own and the line just kept growing. Since that first display The Clothesline Project has grown, with displays at schools, universities, State Houses, malls, churches, and women’s events.

The Clothesline Project puts a human face on the statistics of violence against women.  It increases awareness of the impact of violence against women, celebrates a woman’s strength to survive, and provides an avenue for her to courageously break the silence. Families and friends of women who have died as a result of violence can make a shirt to express their deep loss.  T-shirts are color-coded for different types of violence.

White – for women who have died of violence;

Yellow or beige – for women who have been battered or assaulted

Red, pink, or orange – for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted

Blue or green – for women who are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse

Purple or lavender – for women attacked because of their sexual orientation.

Gallery information:

During the spring of 2010, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is participating in the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Minds Wide Open programming which celebrates women in the arts.  For a full list of our spring programming please visit our website at www.torpedofactory.org/mindswideopen/index.htm.

The Target Gallery is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  We are open daily 10-6pm and till 9pm on Thursdays.  Please visit our website for more information about the gallery and our upcoming schedule of events at www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/target.htm.