“Art, in any form, speaks from the heart, tells us the truth, it gives us hope for the future when we cannot see hope or a future for ourselves.” – Dr Desmonette Hazly

Muse: a thriver who has experienced sexual assault, relationship or gender based violence, or stalking and is willing to be a muse for an artist.

Registration for participants for the first ever We Step Into the Light exhibit in Madison has closed, and the volunteer muses have been paired with artists. The artists will share their pieces in the virtual exhibit on May 15, 2021.

Register on our Facebook donation page to attend the live event.

For this event, artists were paired with thrivers who act as a muse for the art created; a piece that will celebrate the thriver. The piece should focus on the ambition, goals, and passions of the thriver rather than on their assault. Through a series of interactions, the artist will be inspired by learning about the thriver and the piece will begin to take form.

The finished pieces are then gifted to the thriver as a forever reminder of their participation, and more importantly, the beautiful and meaningful life they lead. We hope to offer a reminder of the strength, beauty and power that we all possess, even in the darkest of times.

I encourage you to reach out with inquiries about participation and know that muses may remain anonymous. Feel free to create a new email account to use for registration and interaction with the organizers and artist you are paired with.