Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence
About this Exhibition
Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence is a two-year community engagement project that was created by artist Kim Abeles in collaboration with A Window Between Worlds and 800 survivors of domestic abuse and community supporters to forge courage and build momentum to end domestic violence. It is designed to help survivors recognize their personal strength.
Using the metaphor of valuable pearls formed inside oysters in response to a harmful irritant, participants in 70 workshops across California transformed memories of domestic pain into objects and shared texts that offered public lessons of courage, strength and solidarity. Survivors gain strength as they create healthy, violence-free lives that, in turn, offer stories that inspire and nurture others to mobilize the community to end domestic violence.
The Pearls of Wisdom project includes exhibitions, workshops, public programs, a full-color catalog, an online curriculum for teachers, and an online blog.
Support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, Durfee Foundation, Korean Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Target and the Women’s Foundation of California as well as many generous individuals and organizations, community advisors and the AWBW network of leaders and volunteers made this expansive community engagement project possible.
Think about your own life lessons that you’ve learned from overcoming difficulties and then share them on our community wall.
To Create A Pearl:
Gather your supplies — paper, pencils, pens, crayons — then draw or trace a circle. Listen to your own heart as you create your pearl of wisdom.
To Share Your Pearl:
Take a digital photo of your pearl, or scan and upload an image to your computer. Click on the “ADD TO GALLERY” button below. Be sure to include your words of wisdom in the “Words to go with my art” field when uploading your pearl.
Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence - On display at the Korean Cultural Center
An Exhibition at the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center. March 2-31, 2011
Pearls Curriculum, Grades 9-12
A detailed lesson plan for Grades 9-12, as well as for Service Learning and community groups.
Pearls Curriculum, College Level
A detailed lesson plan for College Level course work.