Art not Violence

A sample of images created by participants in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, the Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP), and the Trauma Therapy Program. Source: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca

A sample of images created by participants in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, the Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP), and the Trauma Therapy Program.
Source: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca

Organizations:  Women’s College Hospital, the Women’s College Research Institute, and the University of Toronto

Title:  Art Not Violence

Year created: 2000 – ongoing.

Location: Toronto, Canada.

Materials: Painting and drawing.

What is the piece’s impact? This is largely an awareness raising campaign, (a postcard and poster campaign) meant “to educate staff, patients and the public about the pressing need to find creative solutions to end violence, and the important role Art Therapy plays in treatment. This institution-wide campaign featured art made by Art Therapy clients in various programs operating within Women’s College Hospital.” (source)

How does this project relate to this change as art? The images used in the awareness raising campaign were all created by participants in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, the Women Recovering from Abuse Program and the Trauma Therapy Program. These artworks were an integral part of the therapy received by the women at the centre, and was meant to help them understand and overcome the trauma of abuse.

What makes this an artistic project? Art creation is part of the project.

Notes: For more information visit: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/art-not-violence/

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