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Spreading Our Wings

May 8, 2019

Emerge supporters were invited to spread their wings as part of the tenth anniversary celebration of the organisation’s arts therapy programs.

The butterfly art work was created by the Women’s Arts therapy group over the past few months, and took pride of place at our recent emerging heARTs event on 1 May.  The wings will be permanently displayed at the new Emerge refuge once it’s opened later this year.

According to Bianca, Emerge Arts Therapist, the women are thrilled and empowered knowing that their work is part of the emerging heARTs celebration.

“The butterfly represents the women’s hopes for the future and the strength they draw from being a part of the arts therapy group.  They hope that by sharing their art work this helps others understand how arts therapy is used during recovery from the impacts of family violence,” Bianca said.

Emerge has one of the longest running arts therapy programs in Victoria, and its results have inspired many family violence services around the world to investigate establishing similar programs.

The celebration gave supporters the chance to go on a journey through arts therapy to learn more about what it involves, its benefits and how Emerge uses it in its daily work. Emerge were thrilled to have the evening emceed by Jo Stanley.

“The emerging heARTs event showcased how arts therapy gives women and children a voice to help them survive and thrive after experiencing family violence,” Executive Officer Paula Westhead said.

All attending the anniversary event were able to contribute to a major art work by creating a butterfly to be hung on the butterfly installation, which will also be permanently displayed at the new Emerge refuge.

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