Artist BiosFeatured Artist: Anne HeckWebsite: www.anneheck.com
Anne Heck is a fiber and mixed-media artist. She began creating dolls to connect with emotion associated with trauma. Mentored by healing doll artist Barb Kobe and inspired by the healing potential of the Native American medicine wheel, Anne embarked on a 7-year doll-making journey to transform her sexual violence experience and to reclaim her power. Anne is a Healing Touch practitioner, she facilitates healing doll workshops as well as empowerment programs for women and girls and has been a featured speaker at a wide range of events where she shares insights about her healing journey. Anne appeared on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, has been interviewed by the Washington Post, spoke on the TEDx stage and is a published author. An avid hiker and nature-lover, Anne is often found on the trail with her therapy dog Szoke. You can learn more about Anne and her healing dolls at www.anneheck.com
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Artist: Jay JoslinWebsite: http://jayjoslin.comJay is often described as a person who wears many hats, without enough hat racks. Tonight’s piece is a result of Community Choreography’s May Project, “My Body: My Intimate Companion.” His participation created breakthroughs on many levels, in particular the ability to recite without script his own spoken word. A lover of awe, Jay seeks out connection and meaning in sensory relationships through poetry, essay, and photography. His photography has been featured in San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum, he has three published collections of writing, and as a Substance Abuse Counselor founded a progressive men’s residential recovery program. He’s Jubilee’s Minister of Ritual, Teaching, and Counseling, and if he ever finds the meaning of life, he hopes to die laughing as a result.
their collective stories and the community.
Our VOICE is hosting several free workshops for individuals impacted by sexual violence.
For more information or to register, please email: email@example.com
or visit us at: ourvoicenc.org
Our VOICE remains committed to our mission: “In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.” We believe that all people deserve to experience healthy sexuality and personal safety regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual identity. We see sexual violence as a widespread public health threat with historical and cultural origins, rather than the isolated problem of a small margin of people. Sexual violence is one aspect of gender-based oppression and is inextricably linked to other forms of oppression. We also believe that sexual assault is a crime that is motivated by power and control of one over another. We recognize that those with the least amount of power are more likely to experience sexual violence, yet less likely to seek out services.
As such, we would like to make clear our continued commitment to the transgender community, and all other marginalized communities, to provide services that will place victims of rape and sexual violence on the journey to becoming survivors. Our VOICE would also like to make clear that we remain deeply committed to eliminating sexual violence in our communities by implementing strategies that address the root causes and social norms that contribute to sexual violence. We will continue, among other things, to dismantle rape myths, conduct awareness events and focus on primary prevention education in our communities.
HB2 excludes individuals who identify as LGBTQ from legal protections, and does so while perpetuating rape myths. A key argument for HB 2 was the prevention of sexual violence and the safe use of public bathrooms and locker rooms. As a rape crisis and prevention center that has served the community since 1974, we are committed to and encourage community efforts to prevent sexual violence. However, we cannot support prevention efforts that are based on misinformation, fear, and bigotry.
HB 2 perpetuates the myth that being transgender equates to being a sexual predator. Just the opposite is in fact true: transgender people are more likely to be victims of sexual violence as one in two transgender individuals have been sexually abused or assaulted sometime during their lives. Furthermore, sexual violence has been found to be higher in some subpopulations within the transgender community, such as youth, people of color, individuals living with disabilities, and homeless individuals.
We encourage you to share this with members in your community. We encourage you to learn more about sexual violence and the transgender community. We encourage you to help create a community free of sexual violence for all individuals. To find out more on how you can get involved, visit our website atwww.ourvoicenc.org. If you or someone you care about could use support, please contact with us via our 24 hr. crisis line at 828-255-7576 or by coming to our office at 44 Merrimon Ave., Ste 1, Asheville, NC 28801.
To transgender individuals in our community impacted by sexual violence, Our VOICE would like to say to you that we believe you, it was not your fault and that you are not alone. Our VOICE is a safe space where you can receive services without fear of discrimination. We will stand with you as you walk on your journey towards healing.
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Watch Our VOICE Executive Director, Angelica, and Counselor, Caitlin, featured on WLOS’ Spotlight Carolina.
The Vagina Monologues
A Celebration of
Women, Sensuality, and
The Performing Arts
A Full Evening of Unique Entertainment and Fine Dining For This Valentine’s Day Weekend!
This Valentine’s Day weekend join us for a special evening at The White Horse in Black Mountain. There will be dinner, live music, and a Vagina Monologues performance. Proceeds will benefit Our VOICE!
The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than a decade, “The Vagina Monologues” has given voice to some of the experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence and domestic abuse. Featuring Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actress Kelly McGillis.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
In anticipation for our upcoming Survivor’s Art Show, we will be hosting a Writing Workshop, consisting of 4 workshop meetings and culminating with performance of finished products at our Survivors Art Show on November 12th. The first meeting will be held on October 13th at the Our VOICE office.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or to register please call us at 828-252-0562.
We were disturbed and outraged by what was posted by Jared and Jacob regarding women. We will not be taking their money because it is not our place to forgive. Our VOICE is not in a position of absolving them for their misogyny as it perpetuates a culture of danger to all women and girls. Jared’s and Jacob’s actions not only objectified women but also perpetuated rape culture and violence against women.
While Jared and Jacob apologized, Jared’s apology infers that he believes his inability to date well contributed to his actions. How damaged must our society be that he can reason in this manner and it be thought as an apology. It is disturbing to think he can rationalize violence against all women because he struggled with insecurities around dating.
On a positive note, while Jared and Jacob’s actions were deplorable, they inadvertently created an opportunity for our community to come together and dialogue about rape culture. We look forward to Our VOICE being a part of that conversation.
While we will not be accepting Waking Life’s contribution, we will gladly accept support from concerned individuals and businesses to support Our VOICE’s sexual assault and prevention programs. They can donate online at ourvoicenc.org or contribute by mail at 44 Merrimon Avenue, Ste 1, Asheville, NC 28801.
Womansong, Asheville, NC’s largest and longest running women’s community chorus, invites you to its fall concert, “Tender Lady” at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, 701 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778, on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24th at 3 p.m. The concert is a benefit for two extraordinary local nonprofits that serve women—Our Voice and Helpmate.
“Tender Lady” will feature uplifting, entertaining and empowering songs with a focus on women. The title song—written by Margie Adam and made famous by Cris Williamson—speaks to the pain many women endure and the power of music to help ease that pain. The concert will feature “There’s Hope,” an inspiring song by contemporary singer India Arie, along with other new pieces and beloved songs from Womansong’s repertoire. Music sign language interpretation will enrich the concert experience and make it accessible to the hearing impaired.
Directed by Debbie Nordeen with Assistant Directors, Althea Gonzalez and Sarah Rubin, Womansong is a 75-member community chorus that celebrates the unity, diversity and empowerment of women through musical expression. Womansong promotes social change through its New Start Program, which offers scholarships for women in WNC to improve their lives through education or training, and also provides small grants to “fill in the gap” for women in need when other funds are not available.
Tickets are on sale now. Price (including N.C. sales tax) is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Our VOICE office located at 44 Merrimon Avenue Suite 1, or online at this link.