DART founders attend global conference
Leader News Service
Two founders of The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team recently joined the Crown Princess of Denmark, former President Bill Clinton, Oscar-award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and legendary singer Gloria Gaynor at an international conference to end violence against women in Washington, D.C.
DART founders Terrie Queen Autrey and Terry Nix traveled to the nation’s capitol to attend the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters.
“Kate Sartor Hilburn and I were invited to display our collaborative art exhibit, Beating Hearts: Stories of Domestic Violence at the conference,” Autrey explained. “But we accepted that invitation before Wiley Hilburn, Kate’s husband, was diagnosed with cancer. Kate has been with Wiley in Little Rock for over 10 weeks since Christmas. We finally realized that Kate would not be able to attend the conference. That’s when Terry Nix stepped in.”
According to Hilburn, Nix was the ideal choice to make the trip in her place. “As the founding President of DART and a model for one of the pieces in our exhibit, Terry has been a strong supporter of our work for many years. She has even performed dramatic readings at opening receptions of our show in Shreveport and Atlanta. If I could not personally install my work and participate in the conference, I was grateful for Terry’s willingness to help.”
Nix offered to accompany Autrey to Washington to install the show, and to attend the conference as well.
“It was an incredibly impressive event,” Nix reported. “Over 1,600 participants from over 92 countries were there, an amazing gathering of people from all over the world, activists and crusaders who are passionate about ending violence against women.”