Arts Council Hosts Free Domestic Violence Awareness Events

In Partnership with Family Services

Winston-Salem, NC (October 15, 2017) – This week during  Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is partnering with Family Services and its Family Violence Prevention Initiative and presenting a series of events to shine a light on domestic and family violence in our community.  The partnership began last year with The Arts Council’s working with Family Services to convene arts participants for a series of dialogues on family violence.  From there, many of the participants wanted to help further the community conversation about this important topic.

“We know that the arts can be a powerful vehicle for engaging people on a variety of topics, even those that are difficult to discuss openly.  We hope that through these events we can increase awareness and education about family and domestic violence and help build a community in which all children and families can live without fear,” said Dara Silver, Special Project Manager, The Arts Council.  “We thank Family Services, RiverRun International Film Festival, SECCA, Bookmarks, Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, and artist Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet for helping The Arts Council make these events possible,” Silver said.

The following events are FREE and open to the public.


RiverRun International Film Festival & SECCA present
“Private Violence”
Documentary Film & Discussion
Thursday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | SECCA | 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem
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In a collaboration with Family Services, Inc., the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), and in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, RiverRun is pleased to present a FREE community screening of the documentary Private Violence.  In this outstanding Emmy nominated film, director Cynthia Hill explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home.  Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive partners.  Through the eyes of two survivors-Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women-we bear witness to the complex realities of intimate partner violence.


Bookmarks and Sawtooth School for Visual Arts present
Social Justice Storytime: Hitting & Bullying
Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. | Bookmarks | 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem
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While the topic of domestic violence is difficult to talk about with children, they can learn how to handle conflicts without resorting to violence.  Bookmarks, in partnership with The Arts Council, will host a special social justice event for children at their new location.  Children’s books will be read about hitting and bullying followed by an art activity. All ages welcome. Free.


Community Mural Project with Artist Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet
 Saturday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Arts Council Theatre Parking Lot | 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
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Family and individuals of all ages are invited to join artist Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet in creating an outdoor mural that raises awareness about Domestic Violence and Abuse and the importance of creating a community in which all people live free from the threat of violence.  The event is organized by The Arts Council, a collaborator with Family Services. All ages welcome. Free.


For more information, please contact:

Dara Silver
Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager


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