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Incorporate the Violence Against Women (VAW) Art Map into your classroom curriculum. The lessons provided can be easily scaffolded to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Please contact us at with any questions you have regarding implementation in your classroom!


Lessons are currently available in English, Japanese and French. Translations courtesy of students Alexandra Clayton, Rose Donaldson, and Kaz Hirata of Dr. Lindsay Mayka's "Social Movements" course at Colby College.

"You don't always have to be stuck in the darkness. My artwork reflects the thriving aspect of my journey as of survivor."
- Ewa Grochowska

Artist and Domestic Violence Survivor

"Women pretend that everything is fine, but it's not fine."
- Silvia Levenson


"My mission is for survivors to feel all the things society doesn't allow them to feel- seen, believed, validated and understood."
- Natalie Pattillo

Documentary Filmmaker
and Domestic Violence Survivor

Art for Healing and Activism
Level: Grades 7-12

Explore the work of Polish American artist and domestic violence survivor Ewa Grochowska to learn how she uses art for healing and social change. (BELOW: Close-up of Burn, 2017, by Ewa Grochowska)


Exploring Relationships
Level: Grades 7-12

Using the work of Argentinian Italian artist Natalia Saurin, explore relationship dynamics and the way passion can be used to justify dangerous behavior. (BELOW: Close-up of Ti Amo Troppo, 2020, by Natalia Saurin)


Using the VAW Art Map, explore themes depicted by artists address violence against women. Consider how educators might utilize VAW artworks to address violence against women through curriculum design. Discuss censorship in art education. (BELOW: Close-up of Tea time is back I by Silvia Levenson, 2019, Marco Del Comune Photographer)

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