The Art of Surviving (and the Art of Petersburg)

One of the forgotten gems of Central Virginia comes to life on the second Friday of each month when Friday for the Arts hits Old Towne Petersburg, and in April the event will include "The Art of Surviving," featuring art from the perspective of an even more forgotten and overlooked chapter of our community -- survivors of sexual violence. "The Art of Surviving" exhibit will hold a public reception on April 9 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the Petersburg Regional Art Center (click for a map). The exhibit is an awareness-and-fundraiser for The James House, a Floricane client in Hopewell:

The Art of Surviving exhibit is a collection of art and poetry created by survivors of sexual violence. It provides survivors from all backgrounds a way to tell their stories of violence from victimization to survivorship through artistic expression and written narratives. Join The James House during Friday for the Arts on April 9th for the opening of this month long exhibit and get the chance to meet artist Carol Olson.

If you have any questions about The Art of Surviving please contact Ellen at 458-2704 or (This event may not be appropriate for children.)

The James House was founded in 1989 to provide support, advocacy and education for people in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking, to empower them to become healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. Take advantage of the later spring evenings with a visit to Petersburg on April 9; it's for a great cause.