Arts Council Hosting Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events, Partnering with Family Services in Family Violence Prevention 

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, and artists Amy Kinkaid and Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet for helping The Arts Council make these events possible,” Silver said.

“Private Violence” a Film Presentation
Thursday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | SECCA | 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem
RiverRun International Film Festival, SECCA, and The Arts Council have organized a special film presentation and discussion as part of the community’s Domestic Violence Awareness activities. Working with Family Services, as a collaborative member of the Family Violence Prevention Initiative, they invite you to view the film and stay for a moderated discussion. For mature audiences. Free.

Social Justice Storytime: Domestic Violence Prevention
Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. | Bookmarks | 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem
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 domestic violence prevention followed by an art activity. All ages welcome. Free.

Community Mural Project
Saturday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Arts Council Theatre Parking Lot | 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
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.

Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play.  The Arts Council raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.  Last year, The Arts Council made a total of 109 grants totaling $1,807,116.