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ARTS BUILD COMMUNITIES GRANT FOR THESE HANDS – HOPE AND HEALING PROJECT TO SHOWCASE DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Rutherford County, Tenn. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center was awarded a $2,000 grant from Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build Communities (ABC) for “These Hands – Hope and Healing,” a photographic journal project that showcases domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

The Tennessee Arts Commission’s mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. They invest in over 600 nonprofits and schools impacting communities in many positive ways including quality of life, economic development, and tourism.

These Hands photographic project gives a confidential voice to the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through their hands and their story. With domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, it is so often the hands that inflict the most hurt, violence, and trauma.  We are conveying strength, hope, and recovery through our photographic story.

“The harrowing, real-life stories of domestic violence and sexual assault can be difficult to share with our community because the protection of these people is critical, to say the least,” said Kara Mischke, Community Relations Manager with Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center. “This photographic journal project is truly going to allow others to connect with these real stories on a whole new level. Art is powerful. Art is healing.”

Participating survivor’s stories and hands will be unveiled in partnership with the talented photographer, blogger, and radio personality, Scott Walker – www.smalltownbigworld.org. Our story is that hands are for so much more that is positive and good. Hands are for healing, helping, loving, holding, and most of all caring and empowering those around us to make our world a better place.