Handle With Care Project has one sole mission: To fight human trafficking through the arts.
Based in Dallas, Texas, Handle With Care Project is a caused based nonprofit dedicated to fighting human trafficking through the arts. While prevention is the ultimate goal, HWC uses art based aftercare programs and a network of partners to restore lives of those who have survived human rights abuses.
Murals bring a sense of hope, life, and value to a community and have historically been used to raise awareness for a cause. The event is more about a cause than it is about the art. While the three-story mural will be an artistic highlight for the community, the mission behind it is what is truly compelling. Michael McPheeters, the organization’s founder says, “It’s a chance for us to take a stand against human injustices and raise awareness through public art.” While the event certainly is open to all art lovers, Handle With Care Project’s mission to prevent human trafficking will draw many of the guests. “James Bullough’s mural, which focuses on hope and restoration, will be a visual narrative through the pages of modern day slavery,” says Michael.
What Your Donation Goes Towards:
Murals and other public art have the power to inspire people, promote change, and bring added pride and value to a community but they are not easy and they are not free. James Bullough's mural in Dallas will adorn the side of a 3 story building in Dallas, and will take the artists nearly two weeks to complete. Your donation will help procure a lift (cheery picker) or scaffolding so the artist can reach the extreme heights of the surface, the nearly 100+ Spray cans that it will take to paint the mural, travel for the artist to come from Berlin Germany to Dallas Texas, safety equipment, lodging, permits, and so forth.
Who is James Bullough:
As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, James was enamored with the edgy, “in your face” graffiti art that he saw through the windows of the DC subway. In his teens he began sketching and eventually devouring anything he could find with even a hint of graffiti inspirited imagery on it. As he began feeling the need to make art of his own, it was no surprise that this was the type of imagery that came naturally to him. His obsessive graffiti sketches and graphic paintings eventually gave way to a new interest in realism and oil painting. James continues to use the power of Street Art to speak a visual narrative to the public throughout the concrete canvas' of diverse cultures & cities around the world.
Deface a building Not a body.
Graffiti is a historically male-dominated and clandestine field. Yet for the first time, it is seen globally as a rising art form. The sex trafficking industry and graffiti have several things in common. They are conducted secretly and their actions are illegal. The difference? Once a wall is “defaced” it can be painted over. A woman’s life comes with no simple fix. Handle with Care Project hopes the stark juxtaposition of the “underground” graffiti movement and the global sex trafficking industry will unveil the overlooked atrocity, which robs women of their lives. Participating street artist James Bullough and many more have used graffiti's growing power as a visual mass-communicator to raise awareness of this issue. Our participating artists have rooted their work in this cause and have found inspiration in giving women and children back their lost voice through their talents.
We are called to be advocates! Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
Of course, there are always risks when working across multiple industries. This project largely depends on the building owner keeping his commitment to secure the wall for our mural. But since we know this risks, we have a plan B and C. That is, if plan A falls through, we're just a phone call away from securing a backup wall.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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