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The Zonta Club of Cincinnati and the Contemporary Arts Center Present Community Exhibition “Wounded Healers”

 

A collection of artwork centering the voices of people who have experienced abuse, highlighting the healing power of artistic expression

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) hosted a collaborative community exhibition, Wounded Healers: Transforming Pain to Wholeness and Health. This unprecedented exhibition features drawings, prints, photographs and paintings that depict the personal and painful journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse leading to healing, hope, and wholeness.

 

The month-long exhibition, held at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio opened with a reception for the artists, their families and guests on Thursday, November 9th.  This inaugural exhibition included twenty-two pieces of art from fifteen diverse artists who responded to an open call hosted by the Zonta Club of Cincinnati and the Contemporary Arts Center.

 

“At the Contemporary Arts Center, we strive to engage with issues of our time,” says Shawnee Turner, Director of Interpretation. “Supporting the Zonta Club of Cincinnati on such a relevant matter that impacts so many lives in our community while seeking to make the world better through art—this is why we’re here.”

The dates of the exhibition were selected to coincide with the Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women – 16 Days of Violence Campaign. Through this exhibit, the Zonta Club of Cincinnati hopes to empower artists from the Greater Cincinnati region to bring awareness to the lived experiences of those seeking a world where no one lives in fear of violence.

“The Journey of Healing”

On December 7th, The Zonta Club of Cincinnati hosted a panel discussion titled “The Journey of Healing” which featured a Zonta Club member, a Wounded Healers artist and an esteemed psychologist. Held in the Wounded Healers exhibit space at the Contemporary Arts Center, panelists shared their experiences of abuse and their journey to find wholeness and health through various mediums. Following the presentations, panelists participated in a questions and answer session with guests in attendance.

“The courage of our panelists in sharing their stories can only bring hope to others they may never know, that they too can leave the darkness of their experiences and emerge into the light of wholeness and health,” shared Jane Wiehe, Zonta Club of Cincinnati President-Elect.

Community Leaders Join In Kickoff of 16 Days of Activism 

Cincinnati City Council member Victoria Parks and Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus joined Club members and guests on November 16th to kick off the annual Zonta Says No-16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.  Held at the “Wounded Healers” exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center, the event featured remarks from Zonta Club of Cincinnati President Melinda Hepfner and  proclamations recognizing the Zonta Says No campaign from both the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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