This was the first collaborative quilt I created at the House Of Ruth, in spring 2009.
I worked with survivors of domestic violence to create the Advocate Through Art program at the House Of Ruth Maryland from 2008-10. Our goal was to generate attention to violence against women and its effects on families in Baltimore. In collaborative art workshops in the shelter, survivors of abuse utilize art, craft, and design as tools to exercise their voice and find their agency. Volunteers work with survivors and their children to create public artworks that educate viewers about the myriad of issues and warning signs connected with abusive relationships. By telling their stories, people who have been victimized have the power to break the cycle of violence by creating awareness and instigating action.