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Welcome to our First Newsletter!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter! The first quarter of this year was a busy time for ArtWorks for Freedom! In March, we wrapped up our 8-week awareness campaign in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and our contributing artists Barbara Liotta and Dawn Saito. We were thrilled to conclude the campaign with a special visit from members of Congress! We've also been on the road, taking our exhibit Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking to Michigan State University and New York University.
We're thankful to the great people we've added to our community this year, and we'd love to hear from you if you have collaboration ideas to share with us! Please write us at
Kay Chernush

Successful Installation in Washington, D.C.
We were thrilled to share Bought & Sold with U.S. Congressional Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Alma Adams (NC-12) in March!

Successful Installation in Washington, D.C.

ArtWorks for Freedom began 2015 with an installation at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC!

Over 8 weeks, images from Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking, were exhibited alongside a new installation from artist Barbara Liotta, which addressed translucent lives and razor boundaries.

What observers said...

"Powerful and's personal for each us."

"Beautiful and tormenting."

"Important to see, read, think about and take action."

"Very intriguing to see photographs focusing on and exploring the issue in the United States. Human trafficking is definitely not a foreign problem."

"I've never experienced anything like this."
Bought & Sold Tours College Campuses

Michigan State University

ArtWorks was pleased to take our photo exhibits Bought & Sold and Borderless Captivity to the Michigan State University College of Law. The images lined the school's corridor halls between February 20-March 25, and our director, Kay Chernush, also visited MSU to tell her story during a keynote presentation, "At the Intersection of Art & Human Rights: A Photographer's Fight Against Modern Day Slavery."

Many thanks to the installation's sponsors: MSU College of Law, Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, MSU College of Music, Center for Gender in a Global Context, MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU School of Social Work, MSU Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, MSU University Outreach and Engagement, Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence, MSU Matrix - The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and the MSU Museum.

Bought and Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking on display at the Michigan State University College of Law

From Left: Jane White, Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force; Mark Sullivan, professor & anti-trafficking activist; Kay Chernush, ArtWorks for Freedom

New York University

ArtWorks for Freedom is gearing up for an exciting start to April with a new exhibition at New York University April 2 through May 17! We're partnering with NYU's Against Child Trafficking (ACT) club, a student anti-child trafficking coalition, and here there and EVERYwhere (htE), a nonprofit transparent repurposed goods platform that empowers survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. Film screenings and events will accompany the installation throughout its showing. Check out this week's opening events!

Opening Week at NYU
April 6th, 7:30 PM @ NYU Bldg. Kimmel 906
The Arts + Social Change: Panel Discussion on Art and Social Movements

April 7th, 7:45 PM @ NYU Bldg. GCASL 388
Labor Injustice at NYU Abu Dhabi: Roundtable w/ NYU Faculty and Students from the Coalition for Fair Labor

April 8th, 8 PM @ NYU Bldg. Kimmel 805
An Evening with Human Trafficking Survivor Shandra Woworuntu

April 9th, 7:30 PM @ NYU Bldg. Kimmel 8th fl Gallery
Opening Reception + Artist Talk w/ Kay Chernush

April 10th, 8 PM @ NYU Bldg. GCASL 95
Suns Are Suns – A Performance Piece by Dawn Saito

Coming in May...
May 4, Book Signing with Trafficking Survivor Barbara Amaya

Events Locations:

Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life (GCASL)
238 Thompson Street
New York, New York 10012
Kimmel Center for University Life (Kimmel)
60 Washington Sq. South
New York City, NY 10010

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