Since 1992 AWBW has held over 200 exhibitions in both traditional and nontraditional venues across the country. Many of our community engaged art projects have included hands-on participation, inviting guests to join in the creative process.
We are delighted to share exhibits and art projects produced by AWBW and artist collaborators, as well as exhibits and art projects presented by our national network of program partners. Over the years we have experienced art truly does break down walls and build bridges.
Community Art Initiative Timeline
AWBW launches a socially engaged art collaboration amongst artist Kim Abeles, AWBW and 800 survivors of domestic violence.
Kim Abeles, Lead Artist: L.A.-based, renowned interdisciplinary artist. Kim’s work seeks positive and constructive approaches to critical social issues.
March 2 – 31 - Exhibition at the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center
March 26 - In conjunction with the Pearls of Wisdom exhibit at the L.A. Korean Cultural Center: A Public Conversation: Ending the Violence with Art and Activism featuring panel guests: Kim Abeles, Suzanne Isken, Suzanne Lacy, Sandra Mueller,...
An online venue for the public to create & display their personal ‘Pearl of Wisdom’
September 13 - May 20 Exhibition on display at the Los Angeles Skirball Cultural Center
A socially engaged art collaboration amongst artists Barbara T. Smith, Nina Jun, AWBW and domestic violence shelters throughout L.A. County.
Barbara T. Smith, Lead Artist: Renowned performance artist and women’s rights activist. Barbara is considered a pioneer of performance and body art.
Nina Jun, Lead Artist: Internationally recognized sculptor & installation artist, born in Seoul, South Korea. Nina’s work explores the philosophy of Buddhist rebirth of the soul.
March 21 – April 31 - I CAN: Requiem for I Can’t exhibit and performance at the Social & Public Art Resource Center, Venice, C.A
I CAN WE CAN (ICWC) is designed by AWBW to be an ongoing art initiative.
An online venue for the public to create and display their personal 'I CAN' pledges to end abuse
AWBW launches a socially engaged art project in collaboration with lead artist Neda Moridpour.
Neda Moridpour, Lead Artist: Born & raised in Iran and a postgraduate artist in residence from Otis College of Art and Design's MFA Public Practice Program. Neda has a strong awareness of inequality & censorship. She approaches art as a social practice that searches to establish dialogue in a public sphere.
April 1 – May 5 the community engaged installation and exhibit at Gallery Neuartig in the San Pedro arts district.
I CAN WE CAN expands to include art, audio and text in 8 languages.
October Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Images created by S.A. Bachman and Neda Moridpour of LOUDER THAN WORDS were projected on 3 Los Angeles County building sites to spark dialog, community participation, and solidarity.
I CAN: Requiem for I Can’t Barbara T. Smith performance video selected to represent AWBW in China at the LuXun Academy April 15-30 for Half the Sky: Intersections of Social Practice Cultural Exchange & Exhibition.
The L.A.-based performance & media artist conducted an intensive film workshop with teens to create 3 short films addressing the social issue of domestic violence. These films were shared with the public via social media & at film...
Cheri Gaulke’s art is a vehicle for social commentary, and tells the stories of individuals and groups under-represented in society. As an educator, Gaulke has mentored hundreds of award-winning youth videos as Visual Arts Department Chair at Harvard-Westlake School.
January 22 – ongoing. Organized by AWBW in collaboration with Los Angeles-based media artist Cheri Gaulke, and powered by our agency partners to create digital stories that share messages of survival, resilience, and hope for the future.
AWBW Founder & Executive Director, Cathy Salser, leads the Touchstone interactive art project, which embodies the spirit of the organization and stands in solidarity with over 200,000 women, men and children who have participated in AWBW art workshops...
Cathy Salser, artist, Founder and Executive Director of AWBW has driven AWBW’s overall mission and growth for over 25 years. Cathy has received both local and national recognition for work in the arts including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the President’s Award from the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts.
June 29 – 30, 2016 at the California Endowment, Los Angeles. This conference will explore the role art can play in healing violence and trauma in our communities.