Center Against Domestic Violence and The Maria Project

Give Voice – Give Peace – 80 Voices Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Month October 2011

New York, NY – October 2011 – This October – Domestic Violence Awareness month – The Maria Project will team up with New York City domestic violence advocates to give voice to the many untold stories of family violence.   The Center Against Domestic Violence will partner with the Maria Project on October 27 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center to benefit the Center’s work to end domestic violence.

The Maria Project tells the compelling family story of a family secret held over three generations – and its reverberations to this day.   Starting in 1906,  solo theater performer Marcella Goheen tells the riveting story of Maria Salazar’s life using documentary footage, text and percussion. This touring show was originally performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2007.   Ms. Goheen’s groundbreaking solo piece uplifts and gives voice to the family stories in all of us.   Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed October 13th, The Maria Project Day.

As well as its special benefit performance on October 27, the Center presented a workshop about preventing abuse and violence on October 3 as part of The Maria Project’s 80 Voices initiative at Hunter College.

The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue.  Enter the Center on East 25th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

Founded in 1977, the Center Against Domestic Violence opened the first publicly-funded domestic violence shelter in New York State. Since then, The Center’s outreach has expanded to include three full-service shelters for victims and their children, innovative education programs that reach more than 30,000 students each year, as well as a variety of programs that support victims and raise awareness throughout the community. Learn more about the Center at www.cadvny.org.

Marcella Goheen is a performer, writer and actress who creates solo theatrical pieces that invite audiences to celebrate the traditions of folklore and storytelling.  She had performed in venues as varied as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Marks in the Bowery and colleges across the country.  She produced and scripted the Montblanc de la Culture Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

80 Voices is a national campaign that gives voice to all women who have lost their lives to violence.  By highlighting the work of coalitions and organizations who help survivors of family violence ever day, 80 Voices hopes to give voice and peace to the untold stories of women, children and families affected by violence.

For more information about the Center Against Domestic Violence and its participation with The Maria Project in 80 Voices, call Rona Solomon at 718 254 9134 or email rsolomon@centeragainstdv.org.  To purchase tickets for the October 27 performance to benefit the Center Against Domestic Violence , click here.