jbj soul nest

jbj soul nestRed Bank, NJ – 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapies Program partners for the third time with the JBJ Soul Kitchen to showcase artwork inspired by survivors of domestic violence. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6 – 8:00 pm our community is encouraged to join 180 and JBJSK staff, volunteers and artists to view the 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) art project, “Building Anew.”


This year’s exhibit is focused on transformation as survivors tell their story of resilience and change using the metaphor and creation of a bird’s nest. Stories and haiku poems depicting the journey from victim to survivor accompany nests and eggs that are decorated in such a way to explain the resolve necessary to begin re-building a life post-domestic violence. The process of creating these messages allows clients past and present to put a voice to their story so others can know that change is always possible.

Attendees will also enjoy delightful seasonal samplings from Soul Kitchen’s menu, prepared by their creative chefs and served by the warm and welcoming staff of the Soul Kitchen. The night promises an eye-opening experience for all in attendance. Admission is free and all are welcome on a drop-in basis.

“Art is a wonderful tool for people to heal and transform difficult thoughts and feelings into something useful and positive. Through courage, support and strength, we come out on the other side of adversity,” says Cindi Westendorf, art therapist and Coordinator of the Amanda’s Easel Program, “We are very proud to partner with Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen to present this exhibit to the community. We share a common purpose to help our neighbors in need.”

“It is fitting that our exhibit of nests symbolizing the creation a new life and safe home is opening at The Soul Kitchen,” adds 180’s Executive Director, Anna Diaz-White, “The JBJ Soul Foundation has donated $100,000 to help us build what will be the largest Safe House for domestic violence victims in the state of New Jersey. They are helping us to ‘feather our nest’ with comfort and safety for those who turn to 180 for help.”

180’s mission this Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to create a change in the community by using the healing power of creative arts.

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