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Hearing the Whispers and Roars Celebrates Survivors of Domestic Violence

Oct 01, 2017 11:09AM ● By Vanessa Orr

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Crisis Center North, in collaboration with North Hills Arts Center, will be hosting an evening of artistic expression honoring and celebrating survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hearing the Whispers and Roars will open on Oct. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at North Hills Arts Center, and the art portion of the show will remain on display until Oct. 29. 

“The Whispers and Roars events was originally put on by a social justice organization in St. Louis, and one of our counselors was inspired to do our own version,” explained Michael Brayack, development assistant. “It’s a really good opportunity for people to come and learn more how domestic violence affects our community; to hear people’s stories so that they can better empathize and understand these issues.”

The art, which will include paintings, sculptures and more, will be provided by community members and survivors of domestic violence, among others. “You don’t have to be the greatest artist in the world to join us—this is an opportunity for people to express how they feel,” said Brayack.

In addition to the artwork, there will also be poetry readings and music, along with a new feature this year. “We are creating a purple ‘brick’ road that will wind around the North Hills Arts Center that represents a client’s journey of healing,” said Brayack. “We’re inviting community members to decorate shoes that represent their own personal journeys, and we’ll place those on the road.” People are welcome to bring already decorated shoes, or they can create their own shoes on-site.

Now in its third year, this is one of CCN’s primary awareness events. The organization will also be holding a small fundraiser at the end of the month to support its canine courtroom advocacy program, in which trained canine advocates provide comfort to domestic violence survivors and children in court.

North Hills Art Center is located at 3432 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh 15237. The event is free and open to the public.