The goal of ending violence against women is the focus of a community art event planned at My Sister’s Closet, a thrift clothing shop in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood.
Vancouver visual and performing artist J Peachy is helping to stage the event, which is to include sidewalk chalk art, face painting, music, and a collaborative community mural.
“When people create—whether it’s comedy, poetry, [or] visual art—there’s a real subtle form of catharsis, of healing. So all I’m doing is I’m a creative instigator,” Peachy told the Straight by phone.
“I’m hoping people can find that really suppressed creativity, and maybe we’ve given them permission to do it,” he said of the event.
The free, all-ages event takes place on Saturday (August 4) from noon to 4 p.m. in front of the volunteer-run women’s and men’s clothing boutique, located at 1092 Seymour Street.
Proceeds from My Sister’s Closet help fund the work of Battered Women’s Support Services, a Vancouver nonprofit group that assists women who have faced abuse.
Samantha Kearney, a manager at My Sister’s Closet, said the upcoming event is about creating a safe space for community members to connect.
“It’s going to be a live, interactive art event for anyone, all ages,” Kearney told the Straight by phone.
Battered Women’s Support Services provides crisis support, counselling, victim services, legal advocacy, and other programs. The group says it handled 10,000 crisis calls in 2011.