Saturday: Come As You Are: The Spectrum of Vulnerability

Aug. 26

In City Paper's cover story this week, we wrote about abuse and accountability within the local arts scene. It's long and much of it is heavy, dealing with trauma after all, so take your time if you haven't read it yet. In the piece we named a just few notable, highly visible examples of art made by or with survivors of sexual abuse (FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture's Monument Quilt, Emma Sulkowicz' "Carry That Weight," and more) and wrote: "Transmuting horrific experiences into art often helps not only the survivor who made it but also other survivors. At the same time, these works confront the general public and demand that they pay attention and do something about it." I'm often blown away by the bravery in that approach (I kind of see Rihanna's "ANTI" in that light)—it's painful but can be therapeutic and helpful to others, too. Artists in this show (Christy Bergland, Shana R. Goetsch, Brandon Gray, MJ Kehne, Michelle Labonte, Sharon Strouse, Liz Swanson, and Ana Temple Rodney) explore themes of personal trauma, depression, grief, and healing and more in their work. Come back throughout the month for yoga, healing workshops, and more. Opening reception Aug. 26, 6-8 p.m., through Sept. 30, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org/events/2017/come-you-are-spectrum-vulnerability, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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