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Stories in Blue: A Pilgrimage to Heal Human Trafficking

Performing the gritty true stories of modern-day slavery to bring healing through the beauty of pilgrimage during ArtPrize 2016

Stories in Blue: A Pilgrimage to Heal Human Trafficking

Performing the gritty true stories of modern-day slavery to bring healing through the beauty of pilgrimage during ArtPrize 2016

$2,701
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 17 2016 2:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 17, 2016

About

Part groundbreaking art piece, part social justice campaign, Stories in Blue: A Pilgrimage to Heal Human Trafficking is an unprecedented art piece exploring the experience and impact of human trafficking in West Michigan. ADAPT. Theatre Company presents a pilgrimage of song, movement, and poetic performance of the real words of trafficking survivors from West Michigan. Running as a time-based entry in ArtPrize 8, Stories in Blue will be performed daily through downtown Grand Rapids from September 21st to October 2nd, 2016.

This project is a response to the high rate of human trafficking in Michigan - one of the highest in the nation. During ArtPrize itself, the incidence of human trafficking in Grand Rapids leaps. Director Dr. Stephanie Sandberg, and the ensemble at ADAPT. Theatre Company, address this by bringing compelling true stories to the streets of the city, mirroring the process of individual healing through the repeated sharing of traumatic experience.

Stories in Blue features original music composed by local musician Theo Ndawillie II and live performances by local actors Molly Jones, Julianne Howe-Bouwens, Emily Wetzel, Katie Tamayo, Darius “T.Q.” Colquitt and Rena Dam. Journeying together, each actress will perform in a significant location in the downtown area, including Rosa Parks Circle and DeVos Place Convention Centre. The pilgrimage ends every day at a textured art installation that includes intimate filmed stories and striking visual imagery.

Stories in Blue: A Pilgrimage to Heal Human Trafficking will run every day of ArtPrize 2016 with (except Mondays) at 6:30 p.m. beginning in front of Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. S.W. Grand Rapids. (September 21-25, 27 – Oct 2). There are additional afternoon performances on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 24th,25th and Oct 1 and 2) at 2 p.m. Free parking is available at the installation site: Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner Ave NW.

In addition, this is free for everyone to see and we want the world to see it too, so your donation will go toward us being able to take this on the road and change the way people think about trafficking and fight to change it.  The work must go on to end this blight on humanity.

Risks and challenges

When we perform this live at ArtPrize, there will be challenges with audiences, educating and reaching out to people. We want to change the way sex trafficking is seen and heard. We want to make sure that people know what they can do to create change. This is the fifth time Stephanie Sandberg has creating theatre for social justice and there are always obstacles, especially with reaching funding goals because we do want this to be accessible by every person. Once the project is successfully funded, we will apply to take STORIES IN BLUE on the road and bring the message across the country and the world.

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