Everywoman's Center receives $2,000 grant

The EWC Rape Crisis Program received a $2,000 grant from the Xeric Foundation to provide a free, 16-session, arts- based support group to survivors of sexual violence.

This is the first time EWC has received a grant from the Xeric Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation established by Peter A. Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Planet Racers. The foundation offers financial assistance to fully committed, self-publishing comic book creators and qualified charitable and nonprofit organizations in Western Massachusetts.

Two eight-week group sessions will be held. The first session will begin Oct. 5 and meet in 102 Wilder Hall from 6-8 p.m. The focus is on various visual arts including drawing, collage, painting and sculpting. The second eight-week session will begin in the spring and focus on creative writing.

The group is open to both campus and community women. No prior art experience is needed. Participants can choose to attend one session or all eight sessions of the fall visual arts group.

For more information, contact the Counselor Advocate Program at 545-0800 (TTY/Voice).