UTSA students host art exhibit to raise awareness of violence against women

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(April 25, 2014) -- UTSA social work graduate students will host a community art event, "Catharsis: The Purification of Emotions through the Expression of Art," to raise awareness about violence against women in San Antonio and the impact it has on women and their communities.

>> Using the arts as an outlet for those who have been exposed to violence against women, the event will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3 in the Frank Garrett Center, 1226 N.W. 18th St., San Antonio, 78207. It is free and open to the public, and free parking will be available.

The exhibit will incorporate a range of art media including poetry, art and music to raise awareness and provide a venue for advocacy groups. Art completed at the event by members of the community will be donated to organizations that work to address violence against women such as the Rape Crisis Center, San Antonio Police Department and UTSA. At the event, there will be speakers and organization representatives to provide general information and details about support services.

According to the Family Justice Center, three of four Americans know someone who is a victim of violence against women. This alarming statistic illustrates the severity of the issue and how everyone in the community is affected by it. In fact, nationally, it is estimated that 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year. In Texas, statistics show that nearly 38 percent of women experience family violence.

The Advanced Social Work Community Practice class is composed of students who have an understanding of the structure and dynamics of organizations and communities. They engage in effective community practice, incorporating a multidimensional contextual perspective with a focus on social justice, diversity and underserved populations.

The community event is a collaboration of the Office of District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, Family Justice Center, Peace Initiative and West End Hope and Action, among other organizations committed to fighting violence against women.

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For more information, visit the Catharsis event Facebook page or contact Amanda Mansour at 210-667-0347.