No More Violence

About The Project

This is an ongoing series of community-led artistic projects that utilize art therapy, art activism, and eco-friendly street art to address sexual violence. Facilitated by artist Malena Magnolia this series engages the long history of sexual assault and rape within the community and academic institutions, where perpetrators of sexual violence have faced little repercussions.

The opening exhibition for No More Violence: A Community In Recovery And The Struggle For Safety, took place at The Bridge PAI on April 3rd, 2015. There were 55 people in attendance, where 12 brave women displayed their work — powerful steps forward in the fight against violence.

About The Artist

Malena Magnolia is an interdisciplinary, mixed media artist and eco-friendly street artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, and social justice. In 2013, she graduated from Peck School of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in drawing and painting and with a sub-concentration in art history. While in Milwaukee, Magnolia was a grassroots activist and was involved in many different organizations related to art and social justice. She was also the Co-founder of the former Milwaukee based collective, Positive Body Project (PBP), was on the student committee for planning the 2013 Southern Graphics Conference, and was one of four selected finalists considered for the Charlottesville SOUP grant in Fall of 2013.

Issues surrounding gender-based violence have always been at the forefront of Magnolia’s work, whose family was fragmented by sexual violence. Since the artist now resides between Charlottesville and Richmond, the recent discussion and actions surrounding The University of Virginia’s mishandlings of sexual assault on campus became necessary to address. This project will act as a means to combine art therapy, art activism, street art, and community engagement in a way that is designed to empower survivors and allies alike in combatting sexual violence.