HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 3, 2013 – High Point University professors and the YWCA of High Point will host a domestic violence awareness event to honor the life of High Point teacher Laurissa Armstrong, who is believed to have been killed in a domestic violence dispute.
To honor her memory, the YWCA and High Point University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program will hold a Wedding Dress Deconstruction at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Attendees will deconstruct wedding dresses and make new art with them that will be displayed at the YWCA and Welborn Academy where Armstrong taught.
“The wedding dress deconstruction will engage the community in a dialogue about healthy relationships, gender relations and gender stereotypes,” says Dr. Jennifer Brandt, director of Women’s and Gender Studies and assistant professor of English at HPU. “Family and friends of Ms. Armstrong will be there, and we will create art that will honor Ms. Armstrong’s memory and encourage community involvement in the prevention of domestic violence.”
The deconstruction will follow a “Front Porch Conversation” led by Brandt, who will discuss the current wedding industry and how it affects relationships. This talk will lead off the YWCA’s series of Front Porch Conversations, held from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
Both events are free and open to the public.