MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – Regal Pointe Independent Living is pleased to premiere “Head’s Up: Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault,” a traveling art exhibit focused on the trials and triumphs of domestic violence. Domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault happens every day and Regal Pointe and Amanda’s Easel Creative Art Therapy program, part of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., are speaking out to build awareness and bring the art exhibit to the community. This event will be held Thursday, September 27 from 4-7 p.m.

Making its premiere at Regal Pointe, “Head’s Up” is a juried traveling art exhibit, created by survivors and community artists, bringing awareness of violence to various communities. “Heads Up” is the domestic violence awareness month project for fall 2012. This is the fourth year 180 Turning Lives Around has showcased an art exhibit in order to educate and bring awareness to domestic violence.

“I’ve always used art as a healing mechanism for those who need help,” said Cindi Westendorf, program coordinator for Amanda’s Easel. “The process of art making is just as significant as the final product. The stories of the survivors are important to tell so they can open up and share their experiences while empowering others to speak up and speak out against violence.”

This year, the project is using about 30 mannequin heads, representing the clients journey of healing, and creatively sharing the message that violence against women and children is an extreme human rights violation and public health epidemic, devastating the lives of millions in our country.

“Regal Pointe is honored to bring the “Heads Up” art exhibit to the community,” said Tara Demyanovich. “Domestic Violence is such a serious subject, and getting the word out there and educating the community is important to help those in need of support. We hope the seniors at Regal Pointe and the public attending can share this information with their loved ones to help build awareness.”

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments include wine, beer, cheese assortments and vegetable trays. For more information, please contact Linda Corbo, director of marketing at 732-957-0083.

Amanda’s Easel Creative Art Therapy program is part of the 180 Turning Lives Around initiative. It is a comprehensive creative arts therapy program for children ages 4-13, and their non-offending parent, who have been affected by domestic violence. In small, age-appropriate groups, the children and parents express themselves through the use of art, play, and music therapy, and group discussions.

180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. has worked to help survivors of violence rebuild their lives and the lives of their families, as well as educate and encourage the community to make a difference. Each year, women, men and children bring the community together by telling their stories to create awareness and empower survivors. For more information about 180 Turning Lives Around or Amanda’s Easel, please contact Cindi Westendorf, program coordinator, by phone at 732-787-6503, or visit www.180nj.org.