“Your art speaks of healing,” said New York artist Makoto Fujimura when Pamela Alderman showed him her humble portfolio in his book signing line. Following this powerful five-minute encounter, Pamela started creating a new kind of artist/citizen work that invites audience collaboration. Her work lets others speak and respond.
After ArtPrize 2014, her work, The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children, traveled to Phoenix during the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl to raise awareness and inspire healing. For ArtPrize 2015, visitors voted Hometown Hero into the Top 20 and 3rd Place in the Time-Based category. Over the last nine years of ArtPrize, 270,000 visitors have personally responded—by hanging notes, signing names, or tying ribbons—at her interactive healing installations.