We all have our favorite part of the holidays. For me, it's the lights! From decorations that glitter to candles burning bright, to crackling fires and beaming smiles, the world is filled with light. The lights speak of hope, freedom and peace. And as I gather with friends and family, I look forward to time to reflect on all that has gone before and the good things that are yet to come.
It's a particularly special time for us to reflect as we prepare to celebrate our 5th Anniversary in 2017! For the past five years, our mission has been to use art to shine light on human trafficking and modern-day slavery. And all along the way, we've benefited from the commitment of our activist partners, volunteers and donors who have helped us sustain our mission.
So many of you already showed your commitment to this cause on Giving Tuesday and we are incredibly grateful! There's still time to join us before year's end with a donation of $50, $100, $500 or whatever you can afford.
There is no doubt the work we do on a daily basis can be sobering. But our vision for the future is hopeful because we believe ending human trafficking in our lifetime is possible. Please join with us by making a contribution to ArtWorks for Freedom today and let your light shine this holiday season! We can't do it without you!
Next year, as we mark ArtWorks for Freedom's 5th Anniversary, we invite you to join us as we forge new partnerships, create new awareness campaigns and spread new artwork that activates change! Here are just some of the things we are looking forward to in 2017:
Multi-week human trafficking awareness campaigns in Washington, DC and Easton, MD; Bristol, UK; and Houston, TX
“Walking in Their Footsteps,” a participatory theatre piece at the DC Fringe Festival
“Not My Life” film screening at the Beloit International Film Festival
“Picturing Freedom,” a national poster competition for student and professional artists, giving us their creative ideas on human trafficking
“Strong in the Broken Places,” a newly commissioned dance by four celebrated choreographers
"Golden Doors to Freedom," a participatory arts initiative representing community commitment to eradicating human trafficking
Photography workshops for trafficking survivors
Help us celebrate our 5th Anniversary all year long by donating to support these projects, sharing our newsletter with friends and family and following us on Facebook and Twitter!
ICYMI: 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 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.