Mutual Ground's Aug. 11 Survivors' Art Show Brings Attention to Sexual Abuse Issues

Mutual Ground’s Aug. 11 Survivors’ Art Show Brings Attention to Sexual Abuse Issues

Mutual Ground, Inc. is holding a free “Survivors’ Art Show” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Mixology Salon to raise awareness around sexual assault and sexual abuse issues.

The inspirational and educational event will exhibit art created by Mutual Ground’s clients and art contributed by community artists interested in supporting Mutual Ground and raising awareness.

The art show focuses on a theme designed to speak to a survivor’s experience. The artists displayed in this show were asked to use a medium of their choice to visually capture the complex process of healing. Artists were encouraged to try and illustrate the wide range of emotions related to a survivor’s healing journey.

Amy Medlin, Sexual Assault Program coordinator at Mutual Ground, said the artwork is simply moving.

“Healing can feel both uplifting and painfully raw,” she said. “It can be frustrating with a person feeling that they take one step forward to only take two back. It can also be freeing, an opportunity to redefine who you are or who you want to be — it is complex. Our hope is that these artists will be able to visually capture the complexity of this process.”

Michelle Meyer, executive director of Mutual Ground, said she hopes the event at Mixology will “bring awareness to the fact that Mutual Ground is here to help any man, woman or child in the Tri-Cities area and beyond that has been affected by sexual violence.”

“We are here to support these individuals on their road to healing and want them to know that they are not alone,” she said.

The art exhibit will also include a silent art auction and raffle with all proceeds directly benefiting Mutual Ground.

About Mutual Ground

Mutual Ground is a non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Located in Aurora, Illinois, Mutual Ground serves the greater Aurora area, Southern Kane, and all of Kendall County. To learn more about Mutual Ground and the services it provides, visit or call 630-897-0084.

About Mixology Salon

Mixology Salon Spa is a premier Aveda Lifestyle salon spa located in St. Charles, IL at 116 W. Main Street.  Their experienced staff understand their client’s needs and provide a suite of services that leaves them feeling beautiful, relaxed and well.

SOURCE: Mutual Ground news release