Media Kit

Awakenings makes visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.

Awakenings is dedicated to making visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Our vision is to provide survivors with a trauma-informed, professional arts experience that furthers their healing process and artistic careers. Awakenings’ year-round arts programming falls into three categories: visual, literary, and performance. We provide each artist with a trauma-informed experience from the moment they submit their work online to the moment they leave the gallery. Through mindful communication, check-ins, and asking for consent during every phase of program coordination, we put the power in the hands of our survivor artists.  

Each year, Awakenings explores themes of survivorship through three seasons of programming. Each season includes an art exhibit, an issue of our literary magazine, blog posts, educational programs, and movement/dance or performance pieces all centered on a shared theme. This programming structure provides interdisciplinary artistic engagement and allows for comprehensive conversation on each seasons’ theme.  

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To have people investing in my work really has pushed me to work harder to make the most of such a rare opportunity.

– An Awakenings Artist 

I used to have more fear around my pieces being understood, but the application process has really helped me to respect my experiences and let them show through in my art.

– An Awakenings Artist 

I’ve suffered from thinking that my experience with assault wasn’t violent enough to warrant the emotional wound that it’s left on me and to know that Awakenings was willing and able to give me support in trying to reconcile my feelings has been a boost to my heart.

– An Awakenings Artist 

I’ve avoided telling people that I am a survivor partially out of shame and partially because I don’t like the look of pity that people adopt when they learn your truth. Doing this work has made me unafraid to talk about my experience healing and has taught me the strength of being open with people about what the process of healing is like. I can’t be honest about that process if I’m not honest about my own trauma.

– An Awakenings Artist