PBPN Tribal Victim Services (TVS) hosted their Splatters That Matter outreach event on October 22, 2022, at the Old Bingo Hall. TVS provided several different art stations and materials for community members to create their own artwork, along with raffle prizes and pizza. Splatters That Matter was part of a series of events put on by TVS throughout the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Participants were able to paint on canvasses, make collage magnets, create Shrinky Dinks crafts, fingerpaint, draw, and color.
Jamie Wabaunsee, TVS Victim Specialist, headed the event. She helped participants sign in, invited them to rotate through the stations to make different types of art, and helped serve the pizza and raffle off prizes. The TVS team ensured that everyone felt welcome and had fun throughout the evening.
TVS Lead Specialist Kent Miller has been helping organize Splatters That Matter events for many years. He began painting in 2009 and did training for healing through art programs in 2010.
“I never would have thought there could be healing through art until I started doing this,” Miller said.
“We actually gain a lot of clients through these events because they help build trust,” TVS Victim Specialist Audrey England said. “They feel like they can’t talk to their family or anybody, but they come to these events and meet us and learn about our work, and they trust us to listen to their problems and help.”
Splatters That Matter is an outreach event that allows community members to learn about PBPN’s Tribal Victim Services program and get involved in an engaging and creative way. It has been provided to victims and clients, PBPN employees, and foster children groups.
TVS had previously hosted Splatters That Matter for eight consecutive years, and this year was the first time they were able to hold the event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. When they first organized the event, it lasted 24 hours, but they scaled the duration back in following years.
Although the Splatters That Matters event was limited to three hours, Tribal Victim Services provides a 24/7 hotline for anyone in need. If you or someone you know could use support, you can call 1.866.966.0173 at any time to talk to a TVS team member.