Speak Out Masks
The Emerge! “Speak Out Masks” art exhibit made by Emerge! participants runs throughout October at the Pima County Attorney’s office located at 32 N Stone Ave. The building hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Domestic violence has been considered a family matter and is often not acknowledged or discussed, particularly outside the home. The reality is that domestic violence is a community problem. Children learn from a young age how to behave and treat people, beginning with parents and caretakers in their lives. Abuse, whether verbal or physical, impacts children negatively and teaches abusive behaviors.
Historically masks are designed to disguise or hide reality. Masks vary greatly from basic hand held “false faces” to elaborate head coverings with movable parts and hidden faces. Through Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse’s Family Services Program, this art creation gives children and families the opportunity to “speak” to their community about the impact domestic violence has had on them and no longer be silent. These artists are unmasking domestic violence by expressing the effects of witnessing and experiencing abuse and the many confusing feelings that come such as fear and anger. You will also see the resiliency of these artists!
One safe and trusted person in a child’s life can make a world of difference. It is our hope that through this exhibit our community will find ways to take a stand and speak out against domestic violence. Everyone deserves to feel safe.