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Awakenings welcomes all types of creative expression by our survivor community. Look through this page to learn more about how survivors have shared stories through visual, performance, and literary art forms.  

Learn About Previous Exhibits & Performances

Read Awakened Voices Literary Magazine

Learn About Previous Exhibits & Performances

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In the past twelve years Awakenings has been a home for survivors to share their stories of healing through visual art exhibits, musical, theatrical and movement performances.

Read Awakened Voices Literary Magazine

Awakened Voices is an online magazine that provides a home for survivors, secondary survivors, allies, and advocates to share their healing through writing and digital art.

Interact with our Virtual Exhibit

View the Permanent Collection

Interact with our Virtual Exhibit

Awakenings LEGACY Virtual Exhibit 2020, Chicago Art Gallery for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Education surrounding sexual assault

Legacy is an exhibition that looks at survivor art through a historical lens. In this exhibit, members of the Awakenings community act as our docents to guide us through our Permanent Collection by sharing their modern interpretations and responses to the work.

View the Permanent Collection

Our collection of artwork created by sexual violence survivors began with founder Jean Cozier’s acquisitions and has grown over the years to comprise over 100 works. Artwork from this collection can be seen at Awakenings and has traveled to business and community centers around the city of Chicago to educate and share stories on survivorship.