FFOYA House is teaming up with Barren River Area Safe Space Inc. for a Domestic Violence Awareness Month art show from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the FFOYA House location on 1035 Kentucky St.

Admission is free with a donation of food or personal care items for BRASS or a minimum donation of $5 is requested. The art show also will feature live music from two bands while eight local artists display and sell original work. Co-Founder of FFOYA House Amanda Crawford said the art is mostly paintings, but also includes sketches and collages. She said the FFOYA House is really excited to partner with BRASS because the demand for their services is growing. 

"It's an issue that is very personal for me and it's a cause that I care about," Crawford said. "BRASS provides a really crucial service. They've served hundreds of domestic violence victims and their children. They desperately need donations for their pantry and to raise awareness about what they do."

BRASS is a regional domestic violence 28-bed shelter and program that was founded in 1980 to serve the community’s need to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children. BRASS provides services to residents of the 10-county Barren River Area Development District.

"It's something that plagues our community and we really need to raise awareness about it," Crawford said. "This is what we do at the FFOYA House. We're helping to bridge the gap between the arts and community causes."

The event is open to all ages and is family friendly. BRASS is seeking donations of the following items that can be dropped off at FFOYA House during the events: toaster pastries, granola bars, cereal, cereal bars, fruit snacks, bottles of juice, oatmeal, canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, coffee/creamer, canned meats (tuna, chicken, ravioli, stew), boxed meals (macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, rice), pancake mix/syrup, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, diapers/baby wipes, cleaning supplies, disinfectant spray, wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, aluminum foil, liquid soap, plastic sandwich bags, paper towels, dish soap and cleaners/cleansers.

"Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a wonderful opportunity to open up dialogue in our community about the prevalence of intimate partner violence, not just nationwide but locally in our neighborhoods, schools and businesses. Partnering with the FFOYA House to showcase artists whose messages speak about violence is a chance to dialogue in a different way,” said BRASS Executive Director Tori Henninger in a news release.

— Follow faith/general assignments reporter Simone C. Payne on Twitter @_SimonePayne or visit bgdailynews.com.

Simone Payne is the faith and general assignments reporter for the Bowling Green Daily News. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing from Western Kentucky University in 2010 and is currently completing her Master of Arts degree.

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