Friday: Monument Quilt Display with Gloria Garrett

Sept. 1

"We save each other," artist Gloria Garrett shared with City Paper last month. "It's about the folks. You've got to know how to make yourself happy. Art is the only thing that can touch the soul!" That seems especially true for Garrett, who paints with just about everything besides paint—eyeliner, lipstick, nail polish, Wite-Out, and more. Garrett's been working with senior folks in Baltimore on their own Monument Quilt squares, contributions to a project of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which will be on display today—you can meet the artists and make your own quilt square while you're there, too. And although, statistically speaking, young people make up the majority of sexual assault victims (RAINN says that 54 percent of victims are between 18 and 34, and an overwhelming majority of those are female), we don't often hear about elderly survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence in media, whether those abuses happened while they were young or older. That probably has something to do with the evolution of the way we talk about these issues ("domestic violence" wasn't even really a term until the ‘70s, and we're generally louder about all of this now than we used to be), but we could all probably learn a thing or two about this culture shift and also about healing from our elders. After all, like Garrett says, we save each other. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rita Church Community Center, 2101 St. Lo Drive, themonumentquilt.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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