March 25, 2019
ArtCenter College of Design is recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) by presenting a series of events and workshops to educate the community, raise awareness and reduce incidences of sexual violence on campus. One of several ArtCenter initiatives during the month is the Clothesline Project, a powerful visual display of t-shirts with graphic messages and illustrations designed by survivors of sexual violence as a way to express themselves and serve as a testimony to their experience. An exhibition of the clothesline is free and open to the public from March 26 through April 12 on the Hillside Campus (1700 Lida Street, Pasadena) and from April 15 through April 30 on the South Campus (950 Raymond Avenue, Pasadena).
“We’ve had an incredible response from the ArtCenter community to our first-ever Clothesline Project,” said Sadara DeVonne, Department of Human Resources administrator and Title IX coordinator, who is leading the campuswide programs in support of SAAM. “I’m very pleased to see so many individuals participating in this important exercise to increase awareness, celebrate the strength to survive, promote healing and provide an avenue for survivors to break the silence that often surrounds their experiences.”
The entire community has joined the effort because participation is not limited to survivors of sexual assault. Many individuals have created shirts bearing a message of support, encouragement or tribute to others, such as “You Are Not Alone,” “We Support Survivors,” “There Is Hope,” “Not On My Campus,” or “Not In My Workplace.”
DeVonne acknowledges that the Clothesline Project can be a powerful and emotional experience requiring sensitivity from all members of ArtCenter’s community. She emphasizes that support is available on and off campus to students, faculty and staff in need of resources.
The Clothesline Project is a global phenomenon to remind people of the real meaning of violence statistics that are often ignored. It originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when a member of the Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.
Additional ArtCenter programs to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month include the following:
As ArtCenter promotes these programs to educate and increase awareness about sexual violence and prevention throughout our campus community during SAAM, DeVonne said it is important to remember the College offers support to anyone who might need it throughout the year. Community members are encouraged to read Common Myths and Facts about Sexual Violence for more information.
About ArtCenter College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round continuing education programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.
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