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​Student Art Show Benefits Family Crisis Center

By Paul Gnadt, reposted with permission of the Keene Star

An art exhibit at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, will help give victims of domestic violence strength to draw on.

Southwestern art students will raise awareness for domestic violence at the biannual art show from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Chan Shun Centennial Library.

Admission is free. However, attendees are asked to bring items to benefit the Johnson County Family Crisis Center. Items needed are laundry detergent, dish soap, pillows, light bulbs, toilet paper, paper towels and tissues can be dropped off at the event.

Every year the students, under the direction of instructor Marcela Wall, pick a charity or cause to highlight with their artwork.

“Domestic violence is a sensitive issue,” communication major Makala Coleman said. “The art show is a different way to bring awareness and start the conversation. There is help available.”

The Johnson County Family Crisis Center seeks to empower and equip victims of domestic violence, JCFCC representative Amy Lane said.

“The center is a country home where victims can feel safe,” Lane said. “In every aspect of the center there is an air of hope. Each room is named after an encouraging word: “faith' and courage,' for example. Inspirational decorations fill the building. Visitors do chores and cook as a large family.”

There are many obstacles to overcome, Lane said. “We work and support in any way that we can until victims of domestic violence are able to get back on their feet and can start life again.”

Lane visited Southwestern's art class earlier this semester to share with the students what their art will support.

“Our Art for Awareness program helps our students realize that art is more than just an elective or hobby,” Wall said. “They can paint with a greater purpose.”

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