Celebrate 25 years of Rise Above Violence at sixth annual Art Above Violence

    Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence
    Rise Above Violence will hold the sixth annual Art Above Violence show on Sept. 25. The show raises funds for Rise to provide support services while honoring victims of domestic violence and celebrating their healing.

    By Ashley Wilson
    Rise Above Violence

    As we enter into the fall and the end of the year, we want to invite you to come and celebrate Rise Above Violence’s 25th anniversary. September holds the sixth annual Art Above Violence show. 

    We love that survivors can boldly share stories that are then told back to our community through art so we can honor their courage and celebrate their healing. The Art Above Violence show is a great way for the community to support victims, survivors and Rise both by coming to event and showing support, as well as helping to raise funds to support the services provided.

    The Art Above Violence show is set for Sept. 25 (great date to celebrate our 25th anniversary). VIP ticket holders arrive at 6 p.m. for special live performances and delectable food and drinks. General admission begins at 7, and the live event hosts dance, musical performance, survivor stories, beautiful art, food and more. 

    Every dollar raised at the event goes straight to providing advocacy and support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault right here in our community. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the cost of the event is fully covered, which means every ticket and cocktail purchased or art bid goes straight to support our community.

    Rise served 400 victims in 2020 with essential services that promote safety, stability and healing. The Art Above Violence show is one of many ways to get involved. Rise also has a monthly giving program and a business partnership program. The monthly giving program asks donors to consider a $10 (or more) monthly reoccurring gift that helps to support victims and survivors in an on-going, consistent way. Ten dollars covers the cost of one crisis call; we answered 204 calls in 2020. More people are reaching out, and Rise is committed to being available and responsive to those calls. Our hotline, (970) 264-9075, is available to our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you own a business and are interested in dedicating a set percentage of one day of sales, we cross-promote your business to all of those who follow Rise to work to create a win-win of supporting a local business and a local nonprofit. If you are interested in learning more, our website— www.riseaboveviolence.org — has all the information, or call (970) 264-1129, ext 4.

    Art Above Violence is Sept. 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Tennyson Building Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at riseabovevioence.org. Art Above Violence launches us into October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see the many activates we have planned for October.

    How do you help yourself or someone else? Rise can help you with counseling, housing and resources to keep you and your loved ones safe. Rise is our community’s local domestic violence and sexual assault organization. Our hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (970) 264-9075. 

    If you would like to know how you can do more in your community to help, call us today at (970) 264-1129. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. We need all volunteers from direct advocacy work to help with behind the scenes projects and events.

    Rise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving more than 300 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency education and empowerment programs. Visit www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call (970) 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.