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Nationally, February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and this year DAIS (Domestice Abuse Intervention Services) is sponsoring a local art project in Madison for area high school students on the theme of “Love is Feeling Safe.” DAIS is encouraging submissions from area youth and the artwork will be displayed in the “Absolutely Art” art gallery during the month of February.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month was created to help put a stop to dating abuse. Teen dating violence doesn’t just affect those victimized but also their families, friends, schools, and communities. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner every year. And we want to take a stand against violence right here in Dane County.
DAIS would like to have all art submitted by January 25th. The art should be two dimensional of varying size. Color or black and white images are acceptable. The art will become property of DAIS upon submission and will be non-returnable. Submitted artwork should include a permission form for use of the artwork. Artwork without an accompanying permission form will not be accepted.
This artwork should express what a future without violent relationships looks like. Students should be encouraged to imagine what it would be like if all people regardless of sex, gender, age, ability, race, or sexual orientation could feel safe in their relationships. How would that affect their friendships, school, community, and world? And how could this world be portrayed through art?
Artwork should be submitted to Jamie Quam at:DAIS P.O. Box 1761 Madison, WI 53701
Submission deadline is January 25th. Please feel free to email Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (608)338-1045.