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Dubuque artists give V-Day new meaning

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- When you hear the term V-Day this time of year, you probably think about Valentine's Day. But Thursday night a group of Dubuque artists gave new meaning to V-Day. Dozens packed Monks Kaffee in downtown Dubuque for music, entertainment and to stop violence against women.

"It's a catalyst the promotes creative events that bring awareness and revitalize social services that already do things for domestic violence and violence against women," said Katie Duffy, co-director of Art Through Activism.

It's all a part of a V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. With monologue readings, music and jewelry for sale, Thursday's event hoped to use art to spread the word about domestic and sexual violence.

"It's a cycle that doesn't stop and when women are abused men are hurt too," said Duffy.

Dubuque's Art Through Activism hosted this V-Day event. Their goal: integrate art with social justice to generate awareness. Everything raised will benefit the Riverview Center, which helps educate and raise awareness about sexual violence.

"The Riverview Center is a great organization that provides a lot of services to women and girls in the area. We just really like what they're doing and we really identified with the association," said Duffy.

The art through activism group says they'll continue to host fundraiser's like this one, to raise money for other social service organizations.

You can find out more information at www.riverviewcenter.org

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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