Upcoming Events

Making Matters because…
Tuesday, August 15th 5-8pm at the Awakenings Foundation Gallery

when we make art, we make culture, and our culture can be one of violence and oppression, or we can make it one of support and respect…when we make art, we reflect ourselves in the materials, giving us an opportunity to know, love, and heal ourselves more deeply…when we make art, we make ourselves.

Making Matters is a space for self-guided art making among individuals affected by sexual violence.

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their own creative process.

No prior artistic experience is required! Basic art materials will be provided, but please plan to bring your own materials or projects in progress. Participants can feel free to come and go as they please. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jordan Ferranto at (312) 443-9603 ext. 29

Friday, August 25th 6:30 pm at the Awakenings Foundation Gallery

Please join us for the LAST live painting event of our 6 part series, Childhood Fractured: A Live Narrative. Artist Allen Vandever tells the story of childhood sexual abuse from the male perspective. The event will take place on Friday, August 25th from 6:30-9pm the Awakenings Foundation gallery at 4001 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago IL.

Please get your tickets in advance!

Childhood Fractured consists of Pilsen based contemporary artist Allen Vandever, writer Derek Hopkins, and filmmaker Cheryl Manaligod, and together they aim to end childhood sexual abuse through art. Awakenings awarded Vandever and Hopkins a grant to produce a special collaborative painting series at the gallery titled “Childhood Fractured: A Live Narrative.”

“Childhood Fractured: A Live Narrative” has been the first event of its kind hosted at Awakenings, which is thrilled to feature and normalize male voices that are so often silenced in the conversation about sexual violence. The live painting events take place once a month from March to August. Vandever will paint through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. He will narrate his experience, while Hopkins writes and Manaligod films. Doors open at 6:30 and the painting will run from 7:00-9:00pm followed by a debrief.  A six-painting exhibit will hang at the Awakenings gallery upon completion of the event series in September 2017.

In light of the current political discourse surrounding sexual abuse, it is more important now than ever to showcase the voices and artistic expression of survivors to prove we hear, see, and believe them. It is the hope and intention of the Awakenings Foundation and Childhood Fractured to kindle a critical, constructive, and positive dialogue about sexual abuse through art and storytelling.