Art Workshop Proposal A partnership with SafePlace’s th 5 Annual Celebrating the Survivor Spirit WHAT: SafePlace would like to coordinate 5-6 art workshops in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Celebrating the Survivor Spirit (CSS) event on September 12, 2009. The goal of CSS is to provide survivors of sexual violence and their allies an opportunity to share an experience through artistic expression and begin forming a community of support. www.safeplace.org/survivorspirit WHY: Art workshops will provide an opportunity to explore artistic expression, in producing works that participants may elect to show at the CSS event itself. Workshops will reach out to all types of artists (and survivors or allies who don’t identify themselves as artists) who have any thoughts and feelings about sexual violence to share creative space with others. SafePlace wants to expand participation in this event to explore how creative partnerships can enrich the experience of people who are survivors and their networks of support. WHO: SafePlace coordinates CSS through a committee of staff from various departments who dedicate their budget. time to promote, execute and support this event with a very modest budget We would like at least 1 of these workshops to be focused on Spanish speakers, and we’d like at least one of the off-site workshops to also engage the Spanish speaking community. The other community groups we would like to reach for participation include male survivors and allies, and people with disabilities. WHEN: We would like to coordinate workshops between June 1 st and September 5 th to build interest in the event that culminates in exhibition at The Austin Centre on September 12. We envision each workshop lasting approximately 2 to 3 hours and scheduling some in the early evening hours (5pm – 8pm), around the lunch hours (11:30am – 1:30pm), on weekends and week days. We are working toward the following schedule of workshops: June – 1 workshop July – 2 workshops August – 2 workshops Early September – 1 workshop WHERE: We would like to offer 3 of the 6 workshops on the campus of SafePlace to make them accessible and appealing to SafePlace’s many residential and community clients. The remaining 3 workshops will be held in the community, preferably in different areas of Austin to make them accessible to a diverse audience. HOW: instructors/venues vendors/instructors/venues/suppliers WE NEED YOU! We are looking for vendors/ instructors/venues /suppliers to partner with We SafePlace to make these workshops happen! We will enlist the support of our staff and volunteers to support these opportunities but need to establish locations and times as well as supplies and publicity. Marketing to the community of SafePlace clients can easily be done through internal but means, bu t outreach to the broader community will require collaboration with our newfound partners and existing relationships. 356- Please contact Laura Haney at LHaney@safeplace.org or 356 - 1569 if you are interested in becoming be coming a part of the Art Workshop Project.