An exhibit demonstrating the horrible violence against women that is widespread in communities throughout Arkansas is coming to Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) next week.

 

An exhibit demonstrating the horrible violence against women that is widespread in communities throughout Arkansas is coming to Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) next week.
The event is being co-sponsored by The Family Center, Angels of Grace, Anna’s Place Battered Women Shelters and PCCUA. On loan from the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV), the display features over 300 t-shirts, some featuring synthetic stains, intense paintings and chilling hand written messages by family members and friends of those related to women who have died as a result of violence.
The t-shirts will line the walls of the college’s Bonner Room from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday, Oct. 18-21, and from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon) Friday, Oct. 22.  Phillips College employees and students as well as the public are invited to stop by and view the exhibit.
The Arkansas Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the deadly reality of violence against women. The Project’s original display included 171 shirts representing women murdered in Arkansas by an intimate partner from 1989 through 1994. Each year as the names of additional Arkansas women, whom male husbands have murdered and partners are gathered by ACADV, new shirts are created in their memory.
Along with the Clothesline Exhibit, the ACADV will present The Silent Witness exhibit commemorating women who died as a result of domestic violence. For this exhibit, wooden silhouettes representing Arkansas women whose lives were ended at the hand of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or an acquaintance will also be placed throughout the Bonner Room.
Those who view the exhibit will not leave empty handed. The Arkansas Coalition on Domestic Violence, Angeles of Grace and Anna’s Place Battered Women Shelters will provide free literature featuring information on workshops, support groups, and hotline numbers for assistance.
The 20-bed Angels of Grace and the two-bed Anna’s Place shelters serve a six-county area including Phillips, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, Woodruff and Cross Counties, providing free assistance 24 hours a day in the form of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and counseling for battered women.  Angels of Grace is a division of The Family Center, Inc. It is a non-profit 501c3 organization. In order to continue to provide free services to battered women, the center is in need of financial contributions to help support the shelter’s efforts as well as volunteers to work at the shelter. To make a contribution or volunteer time, contact Gracie Gonner, executive director at Angels of Grace, at 338-8447.