SITAS stands for Sex in the Art Scene, an annual community forum that addresses conduct in creative communities. It is a platform to honor April recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, fostering conscious co-creativity and safe spaces for creative expression.
Sex in the Art Scene
Background: In 2013, Kelsey Sweet was awarded a proclamation from Washoe County in Nevada, USA for her Master's capstone project in Transformative Leadership at California Institute of Integral Studies, a performance art piece, focused on the individual and social impacts of sexual violence. Her hometown is now on board with the national initiative April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sex in the Art Scene, or SITAS, has become an honorary forum in which collective steps are made to generate more awareness and community solutions toward assault prevention and mental health support in creative communities to generate physical and psychological safety.
2019 Was the first year of SITAS, which addressed consent and policy for safe business practices. Creating safe spaces was a primary focus with professional support educating the group from multiple perspectives. The Pioneer Center in Reno, NV donated their venue and staff to support healing within our community.
2020 There are still residual effects the collective is experiencing from the onslaught of a pandemic and political uproar. Public shut downs prevented a public gathering for the forum which resulted in an intentional online live feed in which Kelsey held space for the collective to process trauma. Intention to continue this initiative was set and more research was done in the community.
2021 With generous contributions that surpassed $700, we initiated a video series that started with the topic Artists and Mental Health. As we acknowledge a global wellness crisis, "Staying Sane in an Insane World," aims to elevate the collective frequency. Artist K.Sweet gets vulnerable and shares a portion of her mental health journey. The purpose of this video is to catalyze creative expression by sharing how SITAS was started and bringing awareness to sexual assault and mental health.
2022 After a holiday initiative with a Reno's CARES homeless shelter, Creativity Survival Purses were donated to the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Reno, NV. About 50 purses packed with with basic hygiene tools, craft supplies, and resources geared toward survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence were made available thanks to generous donations from our community.
2023 (In planning phase... please reach out to get involved and volunteer.)
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