Grand Valley State University will be hosting The Scarlet Cord exhibit and film screening in February. This unique event will give insight into the world of human trafficking, while offering hope and ideas for action. Judge T.J. Ackert will speak about the increase of trafficking on local levels. Artist Pamela Alderman, whose work The Scarlet Cord will be on display, will discuss her experience of depicting sex trafficking during ArtPrize 2014 and the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. Elise Hilton will share her family’s journey from trauma to recovery.
The film highlights the reactions of those who walked through Alderman’s art installation, including trafficking and sexual abuse survivors. The event will conclude with volunteers tying the infamous scarlet cords on the wrists of those in attendance as an ever-present reminder of the pain those engulfed in human trafficking experience each and every day. Join us for an evening of art, awareness, and a call to action.
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Where: GVSU Allendale Campus • Mary Idema Pew Library • Multipurpose Room
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sponsored by the Meijer Honors College, the Political Science Department, and the Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment
IMAGE: Wounded II, Pamela Alderman, 31 x 29½ inches, Oil on canvas, 2016