Shirt happens! Help the Colorado Clothesline Project help women break the cycle of abuse

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As National Domestic Violence Awareness month comes to a close, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Midchix.com and several other local women's health and support organizations are pulling together for the Colorado Clothesline Project, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at Saint John's Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street.

Females of all ages are invited to come to Saint John's and decorate a T-shirt, which will be added to the Colorado Clothesline.

Gretchen Seefried, Colorado Clothesline Project organizer and founder of Midchix.com, says the idea for the T-shirts came from a similar event in Massachusetts twenty years ago, involving the work of survivors of domestic violence. "We started as a social networking site, and evolved into a movement to improve the well-being of girls," she says of Midchix.com; the Colorado Clothesline Project speaks directly to her organization's desire to offer resources and information to girls and women who are seeking safety, support, therapy and much more.

The shirts created Saturday will be displayed as part of an exhibit at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, from November 4 through November 6. Seefried also hopes to create a traveling exhibit of the shirts that will go to towns across the state.

But first, Midchix.com needs people to create those shirts. Saturday's event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged, so that Midchix.com can stock adequate art supplies for the project. For those interested in learning about the issue as well as making art, representatives from the University of Colorado Denver's Center on Domestic Violence will be on hand at 10 a.m., to talk about breaking the cycle of abuse.

To register or get more information on the Colorado Clothesline Project, visit www.midchix.com.

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