Visual Arts

Art League project to pair artists, abuse survivors

The Lexington Art League is launching another project that will have artists interacting with the community and helping give voices to people who are often silent.

Witness will be produced by LAL in cooperation with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.

In the program, which will take place in the fall, artists will be paired with survivors of violence and abuse, along with an advocate from one of the participating agencies, to create artworks that reflect the participants' experiences and facilitate the healing process.

"As a pilot program, the goal of Witness is two-fold," an LAL release says. "First, it is designed to provide a voice through visual art to those who are often voiceless. Secondly, it is designed to bring the issue of violence against women and girls forward in the community, through visual art, in an effort to inform, educate, inspire and support social change."

Those pieces will be exhibited in Lexington in November.

LAL has put out a call to artists for the project. Interested artists are advised, "due to the sensitive nature of this program, all candidates will be subject to a background check, as well as a screening process." To apply, contact Julia Curiel, LAL program coordinator, at (859) 254-7024 or by March 23.

Last month, LAL announced the third edition of its Side by Side program with Cardinal Rehabilitation and VSA Arts of Kentucky, pairing artists with special-needs children.