the artistic expression


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!

Looking Back On: A Stirring

We are proud to present the closing of our spring exhibit, A Stirring. This exhibit took a look at the internal landscape of survivors. It explored the myriad emotions that can exist and begin to create internal shifts. While we had planned to gather in our gallery to celebrate the featured artists among their work, that’s no longer possible in our current health climate. Instead, we’ve created a video that looks back on this exhibition, explores the creative processes of the artists involved, and allows us to hold shared virtual space for these artists and their work.

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. 

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.

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.

Awakenings Artist

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

Awakenings Artist

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

Awakenings Artist