FFOYA House is teaming with the regional domestic violence shelter to host a music and art benefit to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The benefit, featuring live music and an art show, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at FFOYA House, 1035 Kentucky Street in Bowling Green. Admission is free with a donation of food or personal care items for the Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS), the regional domestic violence shelter and service, or a minimum donation of $5 is requested. The event is open to all ages and is family friendly.
Two bands and eight local artists are participating in the show at FFOYA House, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support artists and other creative people and connect them with community causes. The event is part of several sponsored by BRASS for the month of October, which is designated for domestic violence awareness.
“BRASS provides an extremely important service to people impacted by domestic violence in our region, and I am very glad that we can help raise awareness about their services and support their mission,” said FFOYA House co-founder Amanda J. Crawford, whose post-folk band Former Friends of Young Americans will be playing the benefit as well. “As a survivor of domestic violence, this is an important cause to me personally.”
Nashville singer-songwriter Eva Ross, formerly of Bowling Green, will also perform at the event with her band.
Local artists will be displaying and selling original work in the FFOYA House gallery during the show. The art speaks to themes related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, such as empowerment, healing, recovery and self-reliance. Artists participating in the event include Courtney Davis, Christine Travis, Brooke Hume, Ariana Michaela, Lora Gill, Teresa Christmas, Emily Lobb Hendricksen and Alison Taylor.
"Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a wonderful opportunity to open up dialogue in our community about the prevalence of intimate partner violence not just nationwide, but locally, in our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. Partnering with the FFOYA House to showcase artists whose messages speak about violence is a chance to dialogue in a different way,” said Tori Henninger, executive director of BRASS. “Throughout October, our events will work to let victims know they aren't alone, and survivors know we are still fighting to end the violence."
There will be a preview of the visual art in the show during the BG Gallery Hop at FFOYA House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. Poets and prose writers are invited to read their work during the event. Food and personal care donations for BRASS will also be collected then.
BRASS is seeking donations of the following items that can be dropped off at FFOYA House during the events: Pop tarts, granola bars, cereal, cereal bars, fruit snacks, bottles of Juicy Juice, oatmeal, canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, coffee/creamer, canned meats (tuna, chicken, ravioli, stew), boxed meals (mac & cheese, Hamburger Helper, rice), pancake mix/syrup, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, diapers/baby wipes, cleaning supplies, Lysol, wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizers, aluminum foil, Soft Soap, Zip Lock bags, paper towels, dish soap and cleaners/cleansers.
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The Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. is a regional domestic violence 26-bed shelter and program founded in 1980 to serve the community’s need to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children. BRASS provides services to residents of the 10-county Barren River Area Development District: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren. For more information, visit: www.barrenriverareasafespace.com or www.facebook.com/barrenriverareasafespaceinc
FFOYA House is dedicated to supporting working class musicians, artists, writers and other creative people and connecting them to community causes and sustainable living practices. More info at: www.ffoyahouse.com or www.facebook.com/ffoyahouse.
FFOYA House Mission
To foster a spirit of equality and fairness, bridging gaps between artists, activists and community members. Using art (not celebrity) as an impetus for change.