Recent news stories have been focusing on missing girls in DC. and the connection between  runaway youth and human trafficking. ArtWorks for Freedom wants to do something about this.

Since 2011, Kay Chernush and Artworks for Freedom have built a vast coalition of artist-activists and shown their work in Singapore, Phnom Penh, Mumbai, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Wisconsin, Michigan and NYC. This fall they are mounting a multi-faceted awareness campaign in the Washington DC area.  Public awareness is the critical first step in prevention.

Over the next weeks, ArtWorks for Freedom will utilize the arts  to create community conversations throughout the metropolitan DC area that will move people from being observers to becoming problem solvers to end human trafficking in our nation’s capitol and beyond. To help, ArtWorks has gathered  an impressive list of partners, from anti-slavery groups, service providers, educational institutions, think tanks, businesses, artists and arts organizations, and more!

We hope you will join in!

Two great kick off events:

  • This Friday, September 29th – director Michele Clark is speaking at Creative Mornings on the theme of Empathy – free tickets are here
  • Next Thursday, October 5th – the official kick off (& only fundraising event) includes a world-premiere piece by DJ Spooky, and a great opportunity to hang out at the roof of W Hotel. Get tickets here.

 

Join the Conversation

#SeeItEndIt and #ActionDC

More details and a full list of events can be found below and at: http://artworksforfreedom.org/event/action-dc

  • September 25 – October 20: “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery” Works by six artists and survivors @ Gallery 102, George Washington University See Event
  • September 25 – November 4: “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom” Call and response collaborative exchange between 17 artists and 17 poets @ the Watergate Gallery See Event
  • September 29: Opening Reception for “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery” See Event
  • September 30: Works-In-Progress & Community Conversation on Human Trafficking Workshop presentation of “Strong in the Broken Places” and community conversation funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, See Event
  • October 4 – 12: “What You See Is Not Who I Am” Outdoor mural installation by teenage artists from Groundswell on display @ Gallery 102, See Event
  • October 4 – November 20: “Golden Doors to Freedom” Exhibit of ArtWorks’ participatory art project Golden Doors to Freedom created by various groups and survivors, See Event
  • October 5 – November 30: “Anonymous” Embroidered portraits by Brikena Boci, See Event
  • October 5: Campaign Kickoff! Kickoff ACTION DC! on the rooftop of the Hotel Washington w/ DJ Spooky See Event
  • October 7: Opening Reception for “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom” Call and response by 17 artists and 17 poets, See Event
  • October 8: Spoken Word Performance (Busboys and Poets 14th Street) Poetry readings with paired artwork from “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom”, See Event
  • October 9: Spoken Word Performance (Busboys and Poets Takoma Park) Poetry readings w/ paired artwork from “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom”, See Event
  • October 9 – November 27: “Invisible” Call & Response Writers and visual artists respond to the theme “Invisible” as it relates to victims of “invisible crimes” or unlawful actions that go unnoticed, See Event
  • October 10: “The True Cost” Film Screening – Experience the lives of the people who make your clothes in this film
    See Event
  • October 11: Red Sand Project Community Art Event @ George Washington University Join us in a community art event to raise awareness of human trafficking See Event
  • October 11: Red Sand Project Community Art Event @ George Mason University Join us in a community art event to raise awareness of human trafficking See Event
  • October 11: “Invisible” Call & Response Panel Discussion -See Event
  • October 11: “Once Invisible” Improvisational Theatre Performance See Event
  • October 12: “I Am Jane Doe” Film Screening and Reception – Join us as we screen “I Am Jane Doe” chronicling the fight against sex traffickingSee Event
  • October 13 – 20: “What You See Is Not Who I Am” Mural Installation – Outdoor mural installation by teenage artists from Groundswell on display @ Union Station See Event
  • October 13-20: “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking” – Experience ArtWorks for Freedom founder and artistic director Kay Chernush’s open outdoor exhibit on display in Washington, D.C.’s historic Dupont Circle – See Event
  • October 13 – November 19: “Children of the Fields” – Drawings by children of migrant laborers and survivor quilts
    See Event
  • October 14: “Strong in the Broken Places” Dance Premier – A co-production with Dance Place, the newly commissioned dance features four award-winning choreographers addressing the issue of human trafficking using the Japanese art form Kintsugi See Event
  • October 15: “Strong in the Broken Places” Dance Premier A co-production with Dance Place, the newly commissioned dance features four award-winning choreographers addressing the issue of human trafficking using the Japanese art form of Kintsugi – See Event
  • October 17: “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom” Meet the Artists – Select artists from the running exhibit “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom” will perform and discuss their works – See Event
  • October 18: The Media and Human Trafficking Panel Discussion – Media panel moderated by Terry Fitzpatrick, Director of Communication & Advocacy, Free the Slaves | Hosted by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, GWU – See Event
  • October 18: “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery” Artists Talk & Panel Discussion – See Event
  • October 18: “Not My Life” Film Screening & Discussion – Groundbreaking documentary exploring human trafficking on five continents – See Event
  • October 19: “La Cosecha” (The Harvest) Film Screening – Award-winning film that documents the lives of children who work in America’s agricultural fields – See Event
  • October 20 – November 30: “After the Fact | Borderless Captivity” Art Exhibit – Multiple artists exhibit their works, including photo and video installations by Ann-Sofi Siden, photo reportage series by Kay Chernush, and original drawings by survivor Prum Vannak. – See Event
  • October 21: “Food Chains” Film Screening – Expose of the human cost in our food supply – See Event
  • October 24: “The Dark Side of Chocolate” Film Screening – Documentary detailing child labor and trafficking within the chocolate industry – See Event
  • October 26: “Very Young Girls” Film Screening – Exposé of the commercial sex exploitation of girls in New York City
    – See Event
  • October 28 – November 4: “Bought and Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking” – Outdoor Installation at Woodrow Wilson Plaza – See Event
  • November 1: “After the Fact | Borderless Captivity” – Invitation only presentation and reception co-hosted by the House of Sweden – See Event
  • November 3: Zine and Bookmaking Workshop – Hands-on session where participants make a small book (zine) on the subject of human trafficking. Led by students from George Mason University’s School of Art. Open to the Public.
    See Event
  • November 9: “Golden Doors to Freedom” Reception and Artist Talk – Participants from ArtWorks for Freedom’s Golden Doors To Freedom community art project share their stories – See Event

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