Support PHAI’s Violence Transformed Program

In 2015, a remarkable program moved to PHAI. Violence Transformed is an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate the power of art, artists and art-making to confront, challenge and mediate violence.  Violence Transformed furthers our public health goal of reducing preventable injury.

Project Director, Mary Harvey, recently sent out this request for support:

Dear Friends — Artists, Curators, Donors, Friends and “Friends of Friends”:

       Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Violence Transformed and invite your friends and colleagues to do likewise.  To make an online contribution, please visit our website:  and click on DONATE.

        I am making this appeal at an exceptional time in the very unique history of Violence Transformed. Now in its Tenth Anniversary Year, Violence Transformed continues to launch an annual (and annually expanding) series of visual and performing arts exhibits and events. In addition, in 2015 Violence Transformed embraced the goal of broadening and deepening its engagement with the health and public health community — supporting artist-led workshops for health care providers who serve individuals and communities affected by and at continuing risk of violence and identifying violence as a public health issue requiring the attention of communities locally, nationally and indeed world wide.

           Blessed with a truly remarkable level of collaboration among artists, arts organizations, health and mental health service organizations, and partnering venues throughout Greater Boston, Violence Transformed is growing in ways we never anticipated and is attracting the interest of artists and organizations beyond Boston and indeed beyond our nation’s borders. Please keep visiting our website to keep track of current and upcoming events and to look at the works already brought to Boston this year.  There you can also view a digital archive of Violence Transformed activities from 2007 forward.

           All in all, Violence Transformed is exhilarating, fulfilling …and daunting!  While we continue to seek grant funding where available, none of what we have done could have been done without the tremendous volunteer energy, commitment  and passions of participating artists, curators, academics, social activists and sponsors.  Nor can it be done without significant financial assistance from donors who believe in Violence Transformed and have stepped up to  contribute whatever they can.  

             We use  your donations to:  support our curators and our website and social media staff, to award Artist Honorariums if and as we are able to do so, and to publicize the work and cover the growing operational costs of Violence Transformed.  We can always use large donations, of course, but we welcome donations of any size.  We are proud that at 80% of the funds we bring in do go directly to artists, curators and arts organizations that affiliate with us. 

         So …. thank you for whatever you are able to contribute and for whatever help you can give us by passing the word of this unique enterprise on to others who might be interested in supporting our work.  I hope that you are proud of what we do and of your role in contributing to Violence Transformed.

Thank you.


Mary R. Harvey, Ph.D.
Director, Violence Transformed
Public Health Advocacy Institute
360  Huntington Avenue / #117 Cushing Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge Health Alliance

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About Mark Gottlieb

Mark Gottlieb joined the staff of the Public Health Advocacy Institute in 1993 after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law. His efforts have focused on researching tobacco litigation as a public health strategy as director of the Tobacco Products Liability Project, reducing the harm caused by secondhand tobacco smoke through a variety of legal and policy approaches, fostering scholarship using tobacco industry documents, and, more recently, examining legal and policy approaches to address obesity. He is the Executive Director of the Institute and lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and three children.