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LIVE storytelling event about Believing and Being Believed
Opening Night of 2019 “A World Without Abuse—Expanding the Circle” Art Exhibit
Inspired by true stories of people who yearn to believe and be believed, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center (TBCAC) and Mike and Denise Busley are proud to present BELIEVE, a live storytelling event to kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This special event will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
TBCAC recognizes the power of story to shift mindsets and create social change. In partnership with Karen Stein, founder and creative director of Here:Say, this event seeks to empower community members to explore personal stories of uncertainty. Join us for a memorable evening of listening and telling.
“The first step in healing from trauma such as child abuse begins when someone listens… and believes you,” shared Denise Busley, co-founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company and program sponsor of BELIEVE. “This powerful evening will underscore the soul restorative impact of believing in others… and being believed.”
Doors will open at 6:15 and a cash bar will be available—performance begins at 7:00. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the City Opera House Box office or online at cityoperahouse.org/believe.
This event also kicks-off the 2nd Annual “A World Without Abuse—Expanding the Circle” Community Art Exhibit. Submitted works of art will be on display at the City Opera House to launch this exhibit and will then be transferred to other local venues (TBA) throughout April in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
About the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
The nationally-accredited Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center brings justice, hope and healing to child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and violence. Our mission is to protect children through a coordinated multidisciplinary response that includes specialized forensic interviews conducted in an environment that is child-sensitive, supportive and safe. We help child victims and their families to heal from the trauma of abuse through our on-site therapeutic services and offer prevention education throughout the region. As the Grand Traverse regional response center for the investigation of child abuse, we collaborate with multidisciplinary teams in six counties – Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford – in addition to the Sovereign Nation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Over 1,800 children have been referred to the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center since our founding in 2010.