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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 25, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ)- Ramapo College of New Jersey will host to the Shelter our Sisters (SOS) “Baring our Soles” art exhibit which will showcase lavish footwear from SOS’s domestic violence victims who are enrolled in their Art Therapy Program. The exhibit will be unveiled on Monday, October 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the George T. Potter Library at Ramapo College. Following the reveal, the Ramapo College Social Work Club will hold a group discussion and reception. The display will remain at the George T. Potter Library throughout the month of October. Hours of operation are from Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to midnight. The exhibit is free for the general public.

The decorated shoes are a way for victims to express themselves and cope with the abuse they faced in the past as they work towards a happier future. Individual narratives by the artist will accompany each decorated shoe.

“The clients choose shoes that are symbolic of who they are and where they came from,” explained Marta Levy, SOS’s art therapist who works directly with the SOS clients. “The project gives the victims an opportunity to have a voice and share internal emotional connections with their shoes. As they complete their designs and write down their personal stories, the shoe is no longer just a shoe. It becomes a symbol of breaking the silence of each survivors’ journey.”

For more information on the exhibit please contact Director of Development at SOS, Jean Kirch, at (201) 498-9247 ext. 301 or jean@shelteroursisters.org.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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