CounterAct is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide effort to reduce sexual assault and center healthy sexuality using the arts. The initiative will catalyze 880 creative acts to counter the 880 acts of sexual violence that occur each day in the United States. CounterAct is an Arizona State University sexual violence prevention initiative, with creative partnership from ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Work will occur through three main threads of activity:
- College transition
Since more than 50 percent of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November, the initiative produces "With Each Other," a performance developed by and for ASU students. It is also developing a bystander intervention participatory video for use in ASU 101 classes and residential programming.
- Arts and academic integration
The initiative will convene 200 student and faculty artists and non-artists in Sexual Assault Awareness month (April 2018) to build knowledge and skills on using the arts as a primary sexual violence prevention and response strategy. Participants will learn trauma-informed social and civic artistic practices to implement seed-funded projects. Project leads will gather again in April 2019 to share their learning and produce new knowledge.
- Signature event
ASU students and faculty will devise a large scale multimedia dance for intergenerational survivors and their allies, literally and metaphorically building ASU’s community of care.
To support a select group of creative "CounterActions," the initiative is offering seed grants to student, staff and faculty contributors. These grants will support material costs of projects including but not limited to art supplies, marketing printables, etc.
Each person who receives CounterAct funding will be expected to attend one Critical Response Process Session with a circle of their peers to provide and receive feedback on projects. All selected projects will be featured in the CounterAct website, which aims to connect model examples of best practices in the field.
The application period for current seed grants ended November 26, 2018.