A few weeks before the event, I wasn't even sure I would attend the htE showcase for personal reasons. In the days before the event, I knew I had to be there. Friends would be attending and I really wanted to see them all; volunteers, participants with their kids, and of course Tanya and Andrew.
All of the reasons I ended up going are unknown to me, but there is one reason that I'm sure of; a higher power brought me there. I was blessed to see some amazing friends that I know and love. I was blessed to gain the friendships of several incredibly cool people that I didn't know before. I was blessed to hear some great speeches, including a powerful display of gratefulness towards the Manhattan Family Justice Center (MFJC) that almost brought me to tears. Not to mention, I was also blessed to eat some amazing pasta salad. here there and EVERYwhere is more than what's written on paper. This organization is one of quality, where good people run it and good people run into it. What are the chances that they have the wonderfully kind volunteers and absolutely amazing participants that they have? What are the chances that these 'strangers' would become a type of family that I would never expect to have? The chances are so slim that I must conclude it was a 100% chance. It was all meant to be. So now, I must thank everyone and myself for being a part of here there and EVERYwhere and making it what it is, and what it will be, because this world is a tiny bit better because of it.
About the Event:
On Wednesday, October 4th (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) we held our third gallery showcase at Arts on Site, a beautiful studio space dedicated to supporting artists of all disciplines. Participants from our summer cycle of workshops at the MFJC displayed their projects and designs, while two also showcased their own personal collections (check out Cool Beads Boutique!) Attendees and children participated in mini sewing and fabric painting workshops while enjoying various appetizers and drinks. We launched our fall cycle of programming as well, presenting our 12-week curriculum for survivors and their children, and one-off programming integrating various modalities of creative expression (think drama, voice, filmmaking, and more!).
Thank you to everyone who came and joined us in this celebration! And thank you to those who were their in spirit as well! If you were unable to attend but would like to support us, please donate here or purchase items made by survivors on our Etsy. We look forward to connecting with you at our next showcase, stay tuned for more! - the htE team
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
- Jimi Hendrix