June 2 – July 30, 2017

In celebration of Safe Futures 40th anniversary, the New London-based organization will be mounting an exhibition in Lyman Allyn’s Glassenberg Gallery, entitled In Their Shoes. The exhibition springs from the question, “how can a pair of shoes or 170 pair of shoes bring awareness and HOPE to the survivors of domestic violence?”

This art installation by Pamela Pike Gordinier & Julia Pavone will use shoes as a symbol for awareness and change.  Each pair of new shoes collected will represent the demographics of the survivors who received emergency care in the shelter at Safe Futures last year including women, children, and men.

As in the story of the Wizard of Oz or the tale of Cinderella, shoes are often a theme for transformation. When getting a new pair of shoes, we can project ourselves into the future. They can fill us with HOPE!

Founded in 1976 as the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, Safe Futures began as an information and referral service for women entering the workforce. Today, Safe Futures operates two 24-hour hotlines, an emergency shelter, and a transitional living program for families working to rebuild lives shattered by domestic violence or sexual assault. Safe Futures also provides counseling and advocacy, case management, court advocacy, support groups, and educational programs for school and community groups. For more information, please follow this link.

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