Survivor artwork exhibited

The public got an early look at some unique pieces of art Friday afternoon.

Survivors of domestic abuse and their families displayed their artwork at the Governor’s Row House.

The artwork, created at the YWCA, will be auctioned off on April 26 at the 10th Annual Concealed Revealed Art Auction.

Money raised will benefit the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, formerly the Battered Women Task Force.

“It’s pretty exciting for a survivor who maybe has never made art before maybe this is the first time creating something and to see that sell at an auction…and it’s usually a really empowering experience for them and sometimes it’s sort of a win win where both survivors feel like they are contributing something that’s very powerful and its bringing money in,” said YWCA Education Coordinator Laura Burton.

In the past decade the event has raised $62,000 and helped fund projects including the remodel of Topeka’s only domestic violence shelter, free counseling services for victims and an art support group for survivors of violence and their children.

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