This program is offered on Saturdays, July 24, August 21, September 11, and October 9
I have no interest in making a work that doesn’t elicit a feeling.―Kara Walker
The Sexual Assault Center’s Black Client Services Team is partnering with the Frist Art Museum to provide emotional support and resources to guests visiting Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Walker’s works draw upon and depict legacies of racial trauma, sexual violence, and enslavement—viewing this exhibition may elicit painful and complex feelings for visitors, especially those who have experienced trauma or are otherwise connected to the issues presented in Walker’s art. SAC’s Black Client Services Team recognizes the importance of receiving support and resources by and for the Black and African American community. To that end, and to send the message that survivors of trauma are not alone, the team and community partners will be available to provide emotional support, self-care items, and resources for processing and seeking support from the community.
About SAC’s Black Client Services Team:
Mission: To provide culturally specific trauma-informed services to individuals, families, and institutions in the Black community that have been historically marginalized and continue to be victimized on a systemic, societal, relational, and individual level.
1. Continue and expand dialogue with the African American community by hosting events and workshops about sexual violence and attitudes about sex in order to reduce stigma/shame, increasing the likelihood of individuals seeking available treatment—leading to healing in the community.
2. Sustain and grow a continued gathering of individuals who engage in therapeutic services, which will provide a continued support/safe space for African American survivors in the community.
3. Expand outreach to Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) and Black Churches and provide them with a menu of our services through our Black Client Service Committee.
4. Begin to monitor Black clients who seek services at SAC to ensure that they are getting the appropriate/relevant help needed—and are not waitlisted for extended durations of time.