the artistic expression


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. By breaking their silence through visual expression, they show us how the internal landscape of a survivor is constantly shifting- moving and changing like the plates of the earth. In sharing, something begins to move. Something is unearthed. Something begins to heal. 

Trauma Informed Yoga

Awakenings is excited to offer a night of trauma-informed yoga to survivors & allies alike. For anyone who has experienced trauma, moving & reconnecting with the body can be incredibly difficult. This guided yoga flow led by a trauma-informed yoga instructor, invites participants to find connection through gentle movement. By marrying movement & breath, we can begin to shift anything that feels tense or stuck in the body and open new pathways to healing. This practice is open to all experience levels & there is no prior experience with yoga required. We will have a small number of yoga mats available if you don’t have one, but we encourage you to bring your own as our supply is limited.

Healed Ink: Awakenings' Second Annual Tattoo Fundraiser

We are partnering with Broad Squad, Cassandra Knox, Buddy Landry, Sydney Pflaumer, & Angela Koscal to present a trauma aware flash event benefitting Awakenings. This walk up event features pre-drawn flash on a first come first serve basis in our Gallery surrounded by survivor artwork. Proceeds directly benefit our year round art events and workshops for surivors.

February 29 from 12-8 pm. 

Awakened Voices Issue 9: Erasure

Awakened Voices proudly presents Issue 9 of our literary magazine: Erasure. Issue 9 delves into an exploration of reclaiming through erasure. It features works of flash fiction, fiction, vignette, poetry, and graphic/visual. 

Join the Team!

Join a team of awesome, compassionate folks who are dedicated to supporting our year round programming for Survivors! We have a need for volunteers in all areas of our work from program assistance to literary review to more specialized areas. Send us an email at the link below to find out how you can get involved today!

Making Visible

Save the date for our annual fundraising gala, Making Visible. An evening dedicated to investing in the future of Awakenings, celebrating our programming, and honoring the survivor artists impacted by and at the heart of our work.

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