the artistic expression


Awakened Voices Issue 8: Those Who Help

Awakened Voices, the literary branch of Awakenings, explores the notion of help & those people in our lives who try, who offer, and those who become a part of our healing journey.

Now Showing in the Gallery:

Featuring work by Miguel Barros, Linden Cline, Sky Dai, and Joyce Symoniak, [UPHEAVAL] tears away the censoring veil that often hides survivors’ truth. Come experience the Upheaval now through September 27th.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale, Awakened Voices’ blog, posts pieces by Survivors & Allies bi-weekly in response to a monthly prompt. Share your story with us for a chance to have your piece featured on our blog.

Me Too Monologues

Survivors share their stories in a night of healing, empowerment, and empathy. Produced in collaboration with Connective Theater Company. Donations to benefit Awakenings. September 19-21 at Awakenings. 

Hambingo for Awakenings!

Come join us for a night of fun, bingo, yummy food, drinks, prizes, and a lot of laughter to benefit Awakenings and our mission to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting our year round programming for survivors.

7:00-9:00 pm at Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N Clark St.


Over the past few months, we have been exploring the theme of Reclaiming through our programs & workshops. We are excited to announce that we will be continuing to examine this theme through Issue 9 of Awakened Voices & the cornerstone of our programming, our Art Exhibit.

RECLAIM will open on October 11th and will run through January of 2020.

We are now accepting submissions for RECLAIM until August 15, 2019

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!

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