Contributed by ACTS SAVAS
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA … On April 10, Action in Community Through Service will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ACTS Sexual Assault Victims’ Advocacy Service with an event at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. This event will include a traveling art show, guest speaker Gina Pincosy, and a one-hour performance by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University titled “Behind the Mask.”
Sexual assault has been identified as an epidemic on our college campuses, new cases of childhood sexual abuse are revealed almost daily in the news, and human sex trafficking is a growing problem in the United States, including here in Prince William County. ACTS SAVAS, the only sexual assault crisis center serving the Great Prince William County area, is here to help these and all survivors of sexual assault through counseling, and to help our communities through prevention programs. Since 1983, SAVAS staff and volunteers have responded to thousands of people in crisis, no matter how long ago the trauma occurred.
The April 10 anniversary event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the debut of the SAVAS Traveling Art Show. The art show will feature works from clients that express their journey towards healing from sexual abuse and sexual assault. This will be the show’s first of many stops throughout Prince William County, with the goal being to provoke meaningful conversation about the nature of this social problem.
Guest speaker Gina Pincosy (formerly McCabe), author of the memoir “What If I Tell?”, will speak about the positive impact of the work SAVAS does and how an organization like SAVAS could have assisted in her recovery from childhood sexual abuse.
The hour-long “Behind the Mask” performance will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Merchant Hall at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The School of Theater and the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University are dedicated to social engagement and committed to the study and practice of art as social action. With that in mind, students from an advanced studio workshop class in mask making and performance in theater, together with a documentary photography class in art, have partnered to create “Behind the Mask,” which deals with the themes of identity and social violence. Come see their work and these original student performances created for this one evening in celebration of SAVAS in one of the most beautiful university theaters in America. Professors Ken Elston and Sue Wrbican are proud to be guiding these talented student artists through this unique community-based partnership.
After the performance, there will be a post-performance meet-and-greet with the cast of “Behind the Mask,” which will feature a decadent dessert bar.
Tickets for the performance are $50 per person, which includes the pre-performance hors d’oeuvres, the post- performance meet-and-greet, and adecadent dessert bar. Tickets are discounted at $25 for students and $35 for active-duty military personnel. Tickets can be purchased from the HyltonBox Office or online at the Hylton ticket site at www.hyltoncenter.org. Tickets will not be available the day of the event. All net proceeds will be donated to ACTS SAVAS.
ACTS SAVAS upholds the principle that sexual assault is a social rather than a personal problem. We provide a support system of people helping people through understanding, peer interaction, education and advocacy. ACTS SAVAS helps sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors discover paths to healing and to regain power over their lives.
SAVAS joined Action in Community Through Service in July 2012 to increase their service to the community by reducing their administrative and overhead costs. This merger increased the services to the community and increased the options for wrap-around services provided through the multiple programs that ACTS provides.
To host the Traveling Art Show in your office, or for more information about sponsoring or attending the event, please contact Director of Development Tom Benjamin by phone at (703) 441-8606 ext. 212, or via email at [email protected].
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