Witness is one of the Lexington Art League's Community Engagement programs. It was designed in 2009 by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, The Kentucky Methodist Home for Children and Youth, Third Street Stuff, the University Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and the Lexington Art League.
In 2009, Witness was seen by an estimated 3000 individuals and the program is now entering into its second year. Witness seeks to build relationships that support an end to violence against women and girls using visual art to educate and move our community toward social change and an end to this violence. Witness brings together professional visual artists and women who have experienced sexual and/or intimate partner violence. It provides the space for women who have experienced this violence to tell their stories to the artist with whom they are paired. The artist serve as a “witness” to the survivor's story and together, they collaborate on a piece that conveys the story as told. Upon completion of the pieces, public exhibitions are held in Lexington, KY and will travel around the state as an opportunity for the community at-large to “witness” this powerful collaboration.
If you are an adult female who has experienced sexual or intimate partner violence or a professional visual artist and would like the opportunity to participate in this pilot project, please contact Julia Curiel at the Lexington Art League at 859-254-0614. Space is limited and unfortunately, not all who inquire will be able to participate.
WITNESS OPENING EXHIBIT 2009