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Shelter Against Violence: A Case for Empowerment

February 05, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz.--Community members are invited to attend a free, oneday conference at Arizona State University on the role the arts and computer literacy can play in empowering women survivors of domestic violence and homelessness.

Discussion will focus on an ongoing community outreach project involving women living at the YWCA Haven House shelter in Phoenix. The project is led by Muriel Magenta, an artist/professor from the Institute for Studies in the Arts and School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts, and Barbara Lewkowitz, executive director of the YWCA of Maricopa County.

The conference, “Shelter Against Violence: A Case for Empowerment,” will be held Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (480) 965-4483.

Community members and participants from various disciplines will exchange ideas on the project and assist in designing the structure of its next phase. A panel of four nationally recognized experts in the field of domestic violence and empowerment will contribute to the proceedings by playing an active role in the analysis of the project. Lisa Glow, senior community policy advisor to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, also will make remarks.

In addition to the moderated discussions, a multimedia screening will introduce participants to a pilot study, entitled “Internet Art Workshop,” in which women residing at Haven House worked one-on-one with graduate students from the Herberger College of Fine Arts to create their own Web sites during the summer of 2002.

YWCA Haven House is a transitional housing program for women and their children who are homeless, often because they have left abusive relationships. It provides these women with safe housing, counseling, and access to medical care, training and education.

About the Partners in “Shelter Against Violence”

The Institute for Studies in the Arts in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University supports creation, research, development, presentation and education at the intersection of the arts and technology.

The YWCA of Maricopa County is a multicultural, non-profit organization promoting personal advancement, and social and economic development of women and their families.

Conference Schedule
8:30-9:00 a.m.Coffee, Registration, Networking
9:00-9:30a.m.Introduction to Outreach Project by Community Partners
 Muriel Magenta, artist/professor, Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University
 Barbara Lewkowitz, executive director, YWCA of Maricopa County
 Lisa Glow, senior community policy advisor to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
9:30-11:30a.m."Empowerment=Breaking Domestic Violence Myths"
 Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Ferraro, director of women's studies, Arizona State University
 Presenters: Sarah Buel, J.D., University of Texas Law School, UT Austin; 
Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota; Dr. Petra Kuppers, Performance Studies, Bryant College (Smithfield, R.I.).
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch Break
1:00-3:00 p.m.Multimedia Presentation: “Shelter Against Violence: A Case for Empowerment 2003-2006”
 Community partners present an overview of the 2003-2006 component of the project on-screen, based upon the 2002 prototype.

Media Contact:
Tracey Benson