Dear Community Member,
As you may be aware, Break the Silence student collective put on a conference last year (Break the Silence: Shattering the Culture of Violence). This year we are in the process of planning our second annual Break the Silence conference:
Creative Resistance: Confronting Legacies of Violence & Building Consent
Sat April 24th – Sun April 25th 2010 at Seattle University
Break the Silence is a student-led conference for members of the Puget Sound Region to explore and confront legacies of violence. The conference will examine the ways in which systems of violence interrelate in order to maintain one another. Through art, self-healing, and self-determination, this conference aims to develop creative strategies and build collective consent for addressing the pervasiveness of violence in our communities.
Through facilitated workshops, dialogue, and artistic self-expression, participants will:
- Increase their awareness and knowledge of histories of violence and the impact today on our communities
- Explore the role of consent in all facets and levels of relationships
- Build concrete strategies for addressing an array of issues related to a culture which normalizes violence and undermines consent.
- Develop mobilization and movement strategies to further sustain creative resistance in our communities.
We need your support! Please let us know if you can support Break the Silence in any of the followings ways, and we will include your name (and/or your organization’s name) on the program for the conference and you will be mentioned during the event itself
• Join the organizing committee by sending a representative from your organization. We meet Friday evenings, 5-6:30PM, Piggott 108, Seattle University campus. If you need help finding the room please call 206.931.8537!
• Make a donation!
• Volunteer on the day of the conference (i.e. set up, clean up, ushering, picking up food, registration, etc).
• Help with conference outreach: office posting, email list serves, include in mailings and calendar of events, tell your networks, etc. (see “Save the Date” attachment).
• Do you know local artists whose work relates to sexualized violence? We want to make art a prominent part of the conference and we are open to all forms, mediums, or styles! • Submit a proposal to facilitate a workshop.
• Encourage you/ your group to attend the conference.