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Art for Empowerment: Healing Through Art

On Thursday, October 18, Art @ the Y will host the opening reception for the new exhibition, “Art for Empowerment: Healing Through Art” from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view in Murphy Gallery on the first floor of the Y.

“Art for Empowerment” is an exhibition of transformative art by women and girls, all survivors of abuse and violence. This exhibition shows the value of art making for healing, self-knowledge, and empowerment. Presented by the Women’s Center of Carbondale, IL and curated by Elka Kazmiercza, “Art for Empowerment” will be on view through December 14, 2012.

Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Lounge, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y, the international art film series, Global Lens, as well as performing arts events throughout the year.

Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Additional supporters of  this exhibition include: The Center for Women in Transition DV Services–A Woman’s Place, YWCA of the University of Illinois, University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, and RACES-Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services. All Art @ the Y exhibits are free and open to the public.

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