Local artists and musicians are joining together to raise awareness to prevent sexual violence and support the local rape crisis center, Hope Harbor Inc.

The #MeToo Sexual Assault Prevention Month visual art show will open at Ingen Art Gallery at 410 E. 10th Ave. in downtown Bowling Green during BG Gallery Hop on Friday, March 16, 5 to 8 p.m.

The show will feature a variety of work from local artists as well as murals and other art created during workshops with survivors and volunteers. The show will be open to the public at Ingen Art Gallery every Thursday evening through April 19, when it will close with a special Hope Harbor night featuring a #MeToo poetry/prose reading and a dance performance.

Then, on April 26, the visual art show will move to the A-Frame at 1229 Center St., which will play host to the third annual Take Back the (Late) Night Benefit Show. The show will follow the Take Back the Night March downtown and feature performances by Jamie Resch and Former Friends of Young Americans of Bowling Green, GRLWood of Louisville, and others. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show, which is all ages until 10 p.m. Donations will be collected at the door for Hope Harbor Inc.

“Partnering with community agencies and businesses broadens our reach and displays the much-needed support from Bowling Green and the surrounding counties we serve,” said Alayna Milby, crisis intervention specialist with Hope Harbor, who helped plan the events. “Hope Harbor is fortunate to have the art community involved to extend our impact and support survivors.”

The shows are being organized by the FFOYA House community arts group through an Arts Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Crawford at FFOYA House, 602-615-0465, ffoyahouse@gmail.com

Alayna Milby at Hope Harbor, 270-782-5014, crisisintervention@hopeharbor.net

Courtney Davis-Beckley at Ingen Art Gallery, ingenartgallery@gmail.com.

#MeToo SAPM Art Show at Ingen Art Gallery, 410 E. 10th St.

· March 16, opening for BG Gallery Hop

· March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12

· April 19, closing show with poetry reading & dance performance

Take Back The (Late) Night Benefit Show at The A-Frame, 1229 Center St.

· April 26, 7 p.m., music & art show

For more information visit http://www.ffoyahouse.com or http://www.facebook.com/ffoyahouse

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