‘Coming Together for Change’: Sixth annual Art Above Violence planned for Saturday

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    By Ashley Wilson
    Rise Above Violence

    Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence
    Saturday’s sixth annual Art Above Violence, will feature survivor stories represented through art and performance. The fundraiser will also celebrate 25 years of Rise Above Violence.

    As we come together for the sixth annual Art Above Violence show and to celebrate Rise’s 25th anniversary year, we are asking you to join us Saturday, Sept. 25. Come celebrate with us and honor the stories that the art and performance represent. 

    This year, our theme is “Coming Together for Change”; we at Rise truly believe that if we all come together that we can see the end of relationship violence in our community. We believe that our community has the collective power to change the story, starting with youth in our community. We can change the conversation for youth, we can give them positive relationships to look up to and educate them on dating red flags. 

    Beyond youth, we each have a circle of influence in our jobs, churches, friend groups and other ways we are involved in our community. Since one in four women will experience violence in their lifetime, chances are you know someone who has experienced or is currently experiencing domestic violence.

    This year, we are back in person. We do have a lovely outdoor option, weather permitting, for attendees at the Tennyson Building Event Center. VIP hour starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $75. VIP ticket holders get to meet artists early with smaller crowds, upgraded appetizers, one drink included and special entertainment. General admission is 7 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $30. There will be heavy appetizers and a cash bar.

    Funds raised by the Art Above Violence show supports victims and survivors in our community; because of our generous community sponsors, 100 percent of your ticket purchase goes directly back to serve our community. Funds also support our youth violence prevention programs providing important education and intervention for youth. 

    Rise served more than 400 victims in 2020. Your support of this event allows us to provide a wide range of support that allows victims to get on the path toward healing.

    Art Above Violence is one of three fundraising events that Rise hosts every year. It is also the kick-off event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

    Other things happening for Domestic Violence Awareness Month include proclamations by the Pagosa Springs Town Council on Oct. 5 and Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 19. Look for the purple ribbons on main street and join us for Coffee Talk on Oct. 21 at 9 a.m., held at Tennyson Building Event Center as well as on Facebook Live. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for other activities that will happen throughout the month that show support for victims in our community.

    Rise is a nonprofit organization which promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence. Rise provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving more than 350 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 prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call (970) 264- 9075 to talk to an advocate today. If you want to be part of the team to help those in our community, volunteers for advocacy are always needed and welcomed.

    If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in their home, please call (970) 264-9075; there is help. You are not alone.