Finding Our Voices Annual Art Show: A Bridge to Your Voice, First Friday opening, April 5, 5-8 p.m., FOV reception, April 13, 1-4 p.m., on display through April 30, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.
Adult survivors of sexual abuse and assault seldom find the support they need. In fact, many cases of childhood sexual abuse in particular go unreported for 20 or more years, as the child grows up with lingering trauma. That’s why local organization Finding Our Voices
has found its foothold here in the Springs, where it hosts art therapy workshops, retreats and, most notably, an annual art show for survivors and their allies. Held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this show allows survivors to express long-hidden pain, to overcome long-held trauma, and to receive long-needed support from the community. Take a look at the art during Cottonwood’s First Friday reception, but come back on April 13 when FOV will host a showcase: Nyah Meister, Therese Martin, Monica Holcomb and Tracey Gatson performing poetry, Abigale Vaviades performing dance, and survivor artists speaking on behalf of the organization’s impact.