In October 2017, SPAN was proud to follow our successful first year art project with the 2nd Annual “Hear Our Voices” community art project. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the project ended on October 25th with a silent auction and reception sponsored by Elevations Credit Union.
Artists from around Boulder County contributed an art piece to help give visual representation to the experiences of surviving and transcending intimate partner violence. Stipends were available to help cover the cost of materials.
The thinking behind the project was simple: We are all impacted by violence, whether personally, professionally, or through local news reports of tragedies in our community. These are stories that must be boldly told in order for us to raise collective awareness, then celebrate and amplify the moments of strength, resilience, action, and healing.SPAN is the domestic violence non-profit serving Boulder and Broomfield County for almost 40 years.
In 2016 alone we took in 8,902 crisis line calls. We helped hundreds of men, women, elders and children with legal issues, protection orders, custody rights, counseling and immigration issues. Our shelter provided a warm safe place to stay for 316 adults and 67 children last year, while turning away nearly 1,500 due to lack of space. You can help us change that by using art to inspire giving, support and advocacy.
This project was dedicated to giving artistic representation to the experience of surviving and transcending intimate partner violence. There was no need to be a survivor of violence to participate; people of all backgrounds, experiences and relationships were welcome to submit an art piece.