the artistic expression


Issue 10 of Awakened Voices: Intention for Change is out now!

Awakened Voices is proud to present the 10th issue of our online literary magazine, Intention for Change. This issue examines the internal intentions that can begin to spark change in an individual or community. The artists of issue 10 explore intentions for personal change, shifts in perspective on past actions, changes in perception of their physical self, and shifts in the way they perceive the choices of others. Readers are invited to challenge their understanding of the past and reexamine the possibilities that lie ahead. 

Temporary Gallery Closure

Given the magnitude of COVID-19, we have decided to close the gallery for the time being to help keep our team & community safe. Subscribe to our newsletter & follow us on social media to stay informed about our virtual offerings!

Awakenings Presents: Care Packages

With so much darkness and uncertainty surrounding us, we want to create something that brings art and healing directly to our community.
Care Packages is a newsletter series that shares our collection of past and present survivor artwork paired with small ways to care for yourself. Every Monday morning, you’ll get a newsletter with an offering from either our literary, visual, or performance branches and an artistic self-care activity for you to do at home.
We hope these Care Packages inspire you to express yourself artistically and create light in your daily lives.

Now In the Gallery: A Stirring

We are proud to announce our spring exhibit: A Stirring. This exhibit explores the internal landscape of a survivor- visiting the internal spaces where anger, pain, myth, truth, joy, and renewal all coexist. Through photography, paint, film, and mixed media, the artists featured in this exhibit take us on a journey through each of the emotions that stir after experiencing trauma.

A STIRRING is open now through May 22nd.

A Reading Night with Awakened Voices and Jade Plant Project!

Awakened Voices and Jade Plant Project teamed up to present a virtual reading night for the community! Featuring readings by writers from both Awakened Voices and Jade Plant Project, join us in celebrating survivors within the Chicago literary community.

Our Impact

Awakenings is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a physical and virtual artistic space in which to engage in an open dialogue that furthers awareness and understanding of sexual violence and promotes healing of survivors through the arts. 

I have a voice. It wants to be heard. It needs to be heard. And it has a right to be heard.”

Awakenings Artist

Sharing who I am and what I have experienced brings me out of the shadows of abuse and shame, and connects me to other dreamers.

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I just need a hand to transform all the ugliness that I’ve experienced into something that can heal myself and others.

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Creating art has served as a substitute for violence, self-destruction, and insanity.

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