Sex in the Art Scene
The MISSION of SITAS is to create awareness about safe sex practices and to develop policies surrounding sexual assault in creative communities. Educating through public forums, workshops and online resources provides platforms for innovation in communication and policy development by offering tools to people in survival and recovery. It is a bridging agent for people who need help solving problems.
SITAS was started in 2019 in response to allegations of rape centered in the context of the Reno, NV arts scene and momentum of #MeToo and Washoe County's 2013 Proclamation that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A public forum was held at the Pioneer Performing Arts Center providing insights into victimhood, perpetrators, tools/resources for recovery, and consent. Led by artist and advocate, Kelsey Sweet, MA and a team of specialists, the tradition of bringing awareness to sexual assault continues with attempts to find radical solutions to a pervasive global issue. The goal is to foster a safe and supportive creative community honoring self expression, becoming a model for global sexual reform.
By addressing dynamics to heal the wounds survivors and perpetrators contribute to the collective conscious and society, we heal the traumas of our ancestors and provide a better future for our children.