A group of volunteers will perform a viral-worthy dance as part of the unveiling of a new 100-foot long mural depicting transformation from a victim of domestic violence to a survivor
AUSTIN, TX – The 3rd graduating class of Ascension Leadership Academy is coming together with local muralist Dan Terry and choreographer Katie Dudzik to illustrate and celebrate what it means to break the chains of domestic abuse. Local businesses and residents have donated tools, paint, time, food, and water to create this mural and uplift survivors empowered through the help of the Texas Advocacy Project. ALA chose this organization as a benefit of their fundraiser, performance, and mural, as they will leave a lasting legacy supporting TAP’s mission to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Texas. This non-profit serves the entire state of Texas by providing free legal remedies to those seeking access to the justice system. Last year TAP served 4,747 clients, impacting the lives of nearly 10,106 clients and their children. The Project also provides a prevention curriculum for teens and young adults.
A renowned local artist is painting a 24 feet x 100 feet mural as a unique way to depict what is possible for the 1 in 4 women who experience domestic abuse or sexual assault in their lifetime-a future of light and joy, away from the shadows. Volunteers from Ascension Leadership Academy will perform a viral-worthy TikTok dance that highlights awareness of the “distress” hand signal for people in abusive situations. This mural and dance celebrate freedom from abuse and assault, the work of the Texas Advocacy Project, and the relentless leadership and contribution of the volunteers and the creatives involved. The mural and dance will represent hope and freedom for the Austin community and beyond to every person the dance challenge reaches online. The media will have opportunities to interview the muralist and leaders of this joint art installation. See attached sketch and dance challenge.
Saturday, November 27
Event: 10 AM – 1:30 PM
Media Availability: 12:15 PM – 1 PM
440 Elmo St., Austin, TX 78745
Hosted by: Ascension Leadership Academy. Supported by: Dan Terry and Texas Advocacy Project
The mural and dance challenge were created as a part of a 24-day-long fundraising campaign by Ascension Leadership Academy’s current leadership class. So many unresolved domestic and sexual assault cases in our community. The Texas Advocacy Project’s mission is to not only fight these legal cases for women and children for free but also work with teens and young adults to prevent future abuse. They have supported, impacted, and continue to save lives with every closed case and preventative class hosted.
- For more information on the community service project, visit their direct fundraising alaeq.com/tap.
- For more information on Texas Advocacy Project, visit texasadvocacyproject.org
- For more information on Ascension Leadership Academy, visit alaeq.com
About Ascension Leadership Academy
Ascension Leadership Academy (ALA) is an emotional intelligence leadership academy that allows you to interact and release yourself from your own mental cages and emotional trappings. Our graduates are leaders of movements, entrepreneurs, managers, and people with audacious dreams. We work to instill responsible leadership and inspire intentional action. ALA is crafted for people committed to elevating their lives, families, communities, and the world.
Texas Advocacy Project
Established in 1982, Texas Advocacy Project’s mission is to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Texas. Texas Advocacy Project empowers survivors through free legal services and access to the justice system, and advances prevention through public outreach and education. Our vision is that all Texans live free from abuse. For help: contact 800-374-HOPE, 9 am – 5 pm, or TexasAdvocacyProject.org for online chat.
About Muralist Dan Terry
The extensive breadth and excellence of the work of multitalented, multi degreed, modern Renaissance man, Dan Terry of Austin, Tx are almost unfathomable. Known for his work in film, television production, the fine arts of painting, digital 3D, interactive murals and animation, music performance, guitar design, and restoration; set, film, product, and graphic design, writing (author of four books on human sexual chemistry on Amazon and several screenplays), and teaching. His work has won national and regional awards and acclaim in Computer Animation (Siggraph Aurora Animation1985), Fine art painting (many in juried and museum exhibitions including full election to the Pastel Society of America), Teaching (National Student Advertising Competition faculty advisor 1990, and others), acting and graphic design. Though one of the pioneers in CGI 3D modeling and rendering, in recent times he’s returned to traditional media with a modern twist in the recent unveiling of two murals in the heart of Austin’s music entertainment district, one in which static painted images appear to animate as programmable LED lighting changes hue. His work is in the permanent collections of the Witte Museum and the historic Alamo in San Antonio.