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Domestic abuse exhibit calls for art, writing

Apr 08, 2021
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Belfast — Add your voice to break the silence of domestic abuse by contributing art and/or writing to the "Finding Our Voices, Waldo County Breaks the Silence" exhibit that will take over downtown Belfast and outlying towns in June.

Waldo County residents are invited to create/submit a piece of 2-D or hangable 3-D creative expression, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, collage, sculpture, poetry and essays to help open everyone’s eyes, minds and hearts to the domestic abuse all around us. The deadline for submission is May 5, and drop-off is at Waterfall Arts with dates and times found at

The art/writing will be exhibited in the Belfast Free Library as well as in the windows of downtown businesses. More than 40 downtown Belfast businesses are on board so far to display the art and many will be decorating their windows to the theme for the month as well.

Local organizers include Mj Viano Crowe, Amy Tingle, Alice Seeger, Elizabeth Garber and Linda Buckmaster and the event is supported by Waterfall Arts and the Belfast Free Library, as well as Our Town Belfast and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce. This event builds on one held in downtown Rockland in October.

"I have long admired the creativity, political activism and sense of community in Belfast," said Patrisha McLean, founder/president of Finding Our Voices, "so I am really excited about seeing what people in this area come up with to both showcase artists and writers in Waldo County and bring awareness to the pandemic for which there is no vaccine."

The application form is at For more information, contact McLean at

Finding Our Voices/ is a Camden-based, survivor-led non-profit organization marshaling survivor faces and voices to break the silence of domestic abuse and help girls and women recognize, avoid, safely leave and heal from dangerous relationships.

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