In January, ArtWorks for Freedom will celebrate its fifth anniversary! We have spent the past five years traveling the world and this country to bring the message that we all have a part to play in ending human trafficking. Your help made it all possible! Thank you!
In this newsletter, we invite you to reflect with us on several of our key accomplishments over these five years as we profile three of our successful awareness campaigns and the individuals whose energy and creativity inspired action in their communities. I hope you feel as proud as we do when you see how the arts have the power to energize and unite communities behind our common cause.
We have ambitious goals for 2017, building on our past successes and we will be sharing more about our plans in our next newsletters. We welcome you to be part of this next great adventure with us!
Don't forget that November 29 is Giving Tuesday. We urge you to give $10.00, $50.00, $100.00 and more to help us continue our human trafficking prevention efforts.
Tell the world you stand with ArtWorks for Freedom against human trafficking and encourage those around you to do the same!
YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
A Look Back at ArtWorks Campaigns
Kay Chernush with campaign partners Kranti and Red Sand Project during our Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai campaign.
ArtWorks for Freedom campaigns raise awareness of human trafficking in local cities, towns and regions and empower local activist partners to raise the visibility of their work.
We are honored to share reflections from three of our past partners about the ripple effects of our campaigns in their communities.
Crystal Freed &
ArtWorks for Freedom Jacksonville
ArtWorks for Freedom's Jacksonville campaign, under the leadership of attorney Crystal Freed, included indoor and outdoor photography exhibits, a participatory theater experience with local actors, dance performances by student dancers and local choreographer, film screenings, noted speakers and art by survivors. The events were hosted at area colleges and universities, Jacksonville's Downtown Vision Art Walk and the central library, and drew support from the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, as well as local civic and church groups.
For more about Crystal Freed and the Jacksonville Campaign, click HERE.
Photo: Crystal Freed, Courtesy of The Freed Firm
Sylvia Lee &
ArtWorks for Freedom Singapore
Retired corporate executive Sylvia Lee made "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking" a core feature of an awareness campaign throughout Singapore. The first exhibit was installed for nine weeks as part of a major awareness campaign that included an ArtWorks' sponsored film series, symposium and noted speakers. Four years later, the campaign continues and has moved to 50 venues throughout Singapore including the airport, hospitals, universities, main libraries, shopping malls and schools. Additionally, EmancipAsia, the nonprofit founded by Sylvia Lee, has developed additional tools to prevent human trafficking, including a recently launched survey that raises awareness about trafficking in food supplies.
For more about Sylvia Lee and the Singapore Campaign, click HERE.
Photo: Sylvia Lee (third from right) with volunteers during 2012 ArtWorks for Freedom campaign.
Mark Sullivan &
ArtWorks for Freedom at
Michigan State University
In an effort to bring more art that addresses human trafficking to the campus at Michigan State University, Professor Mark Sullivan, found out about ArtWorks for Freedom and organized a university-wide campaign in conjunction with the MSU College of Law and Global Center. The four-week campaign included exhibitions of ArtWorks' photo exhibits and a keynote presentation, “At the Intersection of Art & Human Rights: A Photographer’s Fight Against Modern Day Slavery.”
For more about Mark Sullivan and the Michigan State University Campaign, click HERE.
Photo: From Left: Mark Sullivan (middle) with Jane White from the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force & Kay Chernush from ArtWorks for Freedom at Michigan State University.
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