Our wellness focus this month will turn outward towards awareness and support for women who are on a particularly difficult journey on their path towards wellness.
The Awakenings Foundation is a center which supports the healing of survivors of sexual abuse through artistic expression.
The artwork of Gabriel Orion Marie will be available for a special preview, and the new Judith Dawn Memorial Gallery will open its door for the first time.
The evening will also feature a tour of the Main Gallery along with wine and light refreshments.
The mission of the Awakenings Foundation is to support the healing of artists who are survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse, and to share their stories with the public as a means of raising awareness about the problems faced by survivors in our culture. Most survivors find it empowering to share their stories and get feedback, and this gallery offers an exhibit space to do so. The Awakenings Foundation hopes that visitors leave with a greater sense of understanding and compassion for all who struggle to heal from sexual violence. It is estimated that one out of every three girls, and one out of every five boys, will be sexually violated in some manner before they turn eighteen.
The Awakenings Foundation is located near the Irving Park-Brown line stop (http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/station.aspx?StopId=142) (CTA) and the UP-N Metra Ravenswood Station (http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/up-n/station.RAVENSWOOD.html). Google Maps can guide you on how to combine suburb Metra lines and CTA transport to get to the location.
The building is parallel to Lillstreet Art Center but on NORTH Ravenswood, EAST of the railroad tracks. http://goo.gl/maps/2JLzu. Ample free parking should be available on North Ravenswood Avenue, as well as on streets nearby.