Have you experienced sexual harassment, abuse or assault?

If so, pour your story in a StoryBowlTM on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church.

Brave Step has teamed up with artist Dana Endsley to give women who have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and/or assault a safe and nurturing environment where we can have deep connection, with ourselves and others, and use art as an avenue to express our stories.

This will be a day of healing through story sharing and creating a community piece of art. Connecting with other women who share similar experiences and then creating something beautiful, communal and powerful is a healing act.

Oh, and by the way, this event is FREE. Spots are limited so register today.


What is a StoryBowl?

A StoryBowl is a multi-layer bowl that will showcase the expression of women’s experiences of sexual harassment, abuse and assault.

Comprised of three layers, participants will play a vital role in creating each layer of the bowl. Each participant will be given the opportunity to write her story in whatever way feels safe and comfortable. The writing process will be done in a group setting but will not be shared aloud.

There will be 3 rounds of writing: the actual story, the resources or things that help(ed), and #metoo with either initials or first name. The bowl will lovingly hold your personal writing that eventually will be torn up and used as pieces to build the final artwork.

The writing of one’s story is self-paced and only to the degree comfortable. At no point will a person’s story be verbalized or reviewed.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

The event will be held in Youth Hall .

F&B: Please bring your lunch.

Register: Only 75 spots are available. Registration is required and may be completed online here.

Cost:  FREE

What you need to know?

  • A woman must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • No skill or prior experience is required. Creating a StoryBowl is something that anyone can do. The technique itself is fun and non-threatening to people who don’t consider themselves to be artists.
  • Participants will not verbalize her story at any point. Expression will be through writing and compiling the StoryBowl.
  • This is not intended to be therapy or substitute for therapeutic intervention. However, Brave Step will have therapists at the event should a need arise.
  • If you are struggling with expressing your past, experiencing flashbacks, have thoughts of harming yourself and more, this event could trigger your emotions and may not be a good fit.

About the Artist:

Dana Endsley is programming lead for AboutFace Charlotte and is an artist, activist, filmmaker, and workshop facilitator with a passion for sharing stories as a powerful way to build connection. Dana excels in and is passionate about designing experiences that bring individuals and the creative process together to create a larger whole.

She has a Bachelor of Art in psychology and 30 years’ experience in human services and the healing arts. She combines this experience and knowledge with her art to create workshops and retreats that

gently guide people deeper into themselves emotionally, spiritually and creatively. She creates and develops creative experiences with Art for a Better Planet www.afabp.com, including her trademarked StoryBowls™ workshop.

She has taught and led experiences in North and South Carolina, Texas and Mexico. Dana’s work can be seen in private collections and has been shown at Stillwater Studios, Phoenix Rising, The Charlotte Art League and Esalan Institute in California.

About Brave Step:

Brave Step strengthens adults impacted by sexual abuse by providing meaningful steps on their healing journey. We design personalized care plans and offer inspiration, education and connection for survivors and their loved ones.

For questions relating to the event, please contact endsley317@me.com or info@bravestep.org.