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We want you to join us for all of the exciting events and programming we have planned at Old Town Hall in Salem, MA located at 32 Derby Square


The nest and main installation is on the top floor April 20th -29th. There is a smaller installation as part of CultureHouse on the first floor with open hours Wed-Saturday April 20th-April 30th

The preview, sound bath and help for healers workshop require tickets. We welcome donations

for all of our other programming, with suggested donations listed for each. It helps us to prepare for who is coming, so please rsvp to our other events. Donations to these events can be made

here. You will also be able to donate at the events.


We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Gallery Hours 

Wednesday                  1-6pm both floors

Thursday                      1-6pm both floors

Friday                            1-8pm both floors

Saturday April 23         1-8pm first floor

                                        4-7pm top floor

Saturday April 30         1-8pm first floor 

Sunday April 24 thru                                  

Tuesday April 26          1-6pm top floor

Preview Opening with Artist Talk

Wednesday April 20th

Be the first to view the Survivor Nest Project installation in the beautiful historic Old Town Hall in Salem MA. Once used for public meetings and gatherings, the space will be transformed into a safe, nurturing and intimate environment. Debbie Baxter curates a womb-like installation consisting of the nest and large scale survivor portraits. She will give a special artist talk at this preview opening event.

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Public Opening Reception

Friday April 22nd



Join us for our opening reception from 7-9pm. The exhibit on the first floor will close with CultureHouse hours at 8pm. We will remain open for you to view the main exhibition on the top floor.


Benefit Sound Healing Bath with Lisa Kawski and Debbie Baxter

Saturday April 23rd
7:15 pm

Join us for a special healing sound bath with Lisa Kawski of Sound Healing for the Soul in the beautiful top floor of Old Town Hall. Spend time taking in the nest and the exhibit prior to the bath and listen to Debbie Baxter read from her book Nest afterwards. This is an evening you won't want to miss!


Nesters Reading
from Voices Heard

Sunday April 24th

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Help for Healers: Workshop with Donna Jenson

Wednesday April 27th
10am - 12:30pm

Come to a workshop specially designed for those who are helping survivors along their healing journey. Join others in the field to share tools and experiences and get support for what you do. Donna Jenson, Founder and Director of Time to Tell, will lead this workshop for advocates and therapists serving survivors of sexual trauma.

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Survivor Writing Circle

Wednesday April 27th

Donna Jenson will lead a writing circle based on the format she uses in Time To Tell. Since 2008 Donna has been leading writers’ circles for survivors of sexual abuse who want to find their voice and use it. We will spend time writing from prompts given by Donna and read our writing to each other in a safe and supportive space. The workshop will close with a reading from members of the Survivor Nest Project.  Please bring something to write in - a journal or pad and pen. Sliding scale donation up to $25


 One-One 30min
Coaching Sessions with Donna Jenson

Thursday April 28th

For survivors, advocates, and therapists. Donna has been coaching people in the public, private and social change & service sectors for over forty years. Bring your goals/challenges/visions to receive support and encouragement for your next steps. Sliding scale donation up to $40.00


Telling is Healing Documentary 

Thursday April 28th

The Telling is Healing documentary is a compelling 35-minute filmed conversation between Donna and her friend Suzanne Beck. Together, they share their discoveries between one survivor and one ally as they navigated the delicate path of disclosure to understanding and support. There will be a dialogue with Donna following the film. Survivors – bring your allies with you! We will close the evening with a reading from members of the Survivor Nest Project. Sliding scale donation up to $25

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Survivor Nest Project 
Panel Discussion

Friday April 29th

Join Debbie Baxter, photographer, Lisa Kawski, sound healer, Donna Jenson, writer, Katie Bourgeois, filmmaker, and Carla Beatrice, community art organizer, discuss the many ways the arts can be used for healing. The panel discussion will take place on the first floor of Old Town Hall in Salem. It is offered through CultureHouse Salem, a pop-up community space where the first portion of the installation is on display.

The Survivor Nest Project  Documentary will be released later in 2022.  Studio Bourgeois is adding footage from the exhibit. You may see Katie filming at our events. 
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