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I CAN WE CAN Timeline


2015: Artist and AWBW Founder and Executive Director Cathy Salser creates the Touchstones project

TouchstonesThis interactive art project invites participants to create and carry small glass stones, using them as a resource to access wisdom, strength, and courage.

Read more about the launch of Touchstones here.

2014: Educator and Media Artist
Cheri Gaulke brings digital storytelling to

In the summer of 2014, Cheri supported teens at Harvard-Westlake School to create three powerful and award-winning films based on AWBW's experience in the domestic violence field. Using these films and Cheri's expertise as inspiration, AWBW's partners created over 200 additional digital stories to amplify the voices of trauma survivors.

Read more about Cheri Gaulke here.

2013: Louder Than Words creates
an outdoor call to action for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Outdoor projection in San Pedro

In October 2013, collaborating artists S.A. Bachman and Neda Moridpour of Louder Than Words created an outdoor video art projection and handed out interactive postcards to invite the community to join the movement.

Fall 2012: Neda Moridpour exhibits
I CAN WE CAN at Gallery Neuartig

The gallery installation employed motion-activated audios and mirrors to engage viewers and also included audio in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Farsi. Under Neda's and AWBW's leadership, over 400 survivors from Los Angeles to Iran were involved in creating art for the exhibit.

Read more about Neda's process here.

Spring 2012: Nina Jun and Barbara T. Smith Create I CAN: Requiem for I Can't

Nina and Barbara created a profound and inspiring installation and participatory performance for the I CAN: Requiem for I Can’t exhibition at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). In addition, the exhibition featured the words and voices of 723 survivors of domestic violence and 280 dedicated members of the community.

View more details about their exhibit here.

2005: AWBW Leader Carolyn Coleman creates the workshop that later inspires a movement

In the Funeral of I Can'ts workshop, participants shred "I can't" statements and use the shreds to create new artwork and new visions.

Funeral of I Can'ts
Funeral of I Can't artwork
Pond Funeral of I Can'ts
"To Forgive and Forget..."


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