The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier have teamed up to present "The Clothesline Project" from Monday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Oct. 13.
"The Clothesline Project" is a visual display that bears witness to all forms of domestic and sexual violence. This national program takes place in communities across the U.S. and internationally. It includes people from all backgrounds who are committed to challenging outward and internalized homophobia, racism, sexism and other oppressions standing together.
Niagara University students, student organizations, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate, as are individuals and organizations throughout Niagara County, by decorating T-shirts with a message to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. Completed T-shirts may be delivered to Michael Beam at the Castellani Art Museum anytime until Oct. 2.
Rachel Sandle-Sacco, sexual violence prevention educator and victim's advocate at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, outlined the project's goals:
- To bear witness to all who have experienced any type of domestic and/or sexual violence.
- To help with the healing process for survivors and those who have lost a loved one.
- To educate, document and raise awareness of the extent of this problem in our community.
- To provide a network of support, encouragement and information.
- To continue to provide a safe, respectful and inclusive campus for everyone.
Project partners include the Castellani Art Museum, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, The Clothesline Project National Network and NUArts, the Niagara University arts engagement program.
"The Clothesline Project" is presented in association with the domestic violence awareness event "Surviving ... Thriving: A Journey of Healing through Art" being held at the Castellani Art Museum from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.
For more information, contact Beam, curator of exhibitions and special projects, at 716-286-8286 or [email protected]