You Are Not Alone Project (Canceled)
A large scale participation artwork to show support to survivors of sexual assault & harassment.
Art has the power to go beyond words and connect us.
Sexual assault and harassment are devastating, and have lasting impact on people's lives. Living in a world that pushes us to stay quiet (and punishes us if we don't) often results in survivors feeling very isolated. Words of encouragement are important, but they can feel hollow without obvious action behind them.
The You Are Not Alone Project is a large crowd-made artwork that will show tangible support to survivors of sexual assault and harassment, and which may also help provide feelings of connection and healing to the participants who create it.
The main part of the artwork will be a large fabric panel that is 6.25 feet tall and 10 feet wide (1.9x3.05 m), embroidered by 1,000 participants, with a calming kaleidoscope-like pattern in purples and blues, and the words “You Are Not Alone” in metallic teal in the center. Each participant will embroider a 3 inch square of the piece, which will broadcast a message of love, and ignite further conversation about how we can change our society to better support survivors.
To create a strong emotional impact, there will be three additional panels displayed with it. One will have pictures of all the participants, one will list the names of the participants and KickStarter donors who gave $25 or more to the project, and one more panel will be an artwork created out of notes of support and love to survivors, which KickStarter backers who donate $25 or more will have the opportunity to participate in. If anyone wants to stay anonymous and not be included in the additional panels, that's also fine.
My end goal for the artwork is to create an emotionally impactful and supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, where they can feel safe, feel heard, and know that they are not alone. It will be made available for showing in the US for at least 3 years and internationally for at least 2 years. I will work to get it shown in the best art museums and galleries possible, with preference for places that allow the public free entry to view it. When possible, I will give an artist’s talk at the locations showing the work, and I will always express support to survivors and offer information on where they can get help they may need at any talk I give.
33% of the project funds will go to completing the artwork.
67% of the project funds will go to rewards.
You're welcome to also participate. You can order your square at https://aprilmariemai.com/shop/yana-square/
Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
Working with 1.000 participants poses challenges. I know that some people will not return their squares by the due date, so I'll be ready with a wait list of people who would like to do a square.
Sewing all of the pieces together will be challenging, so I'll hiring an expert piecer to piece it together. I'll also hire an expert quilter to use stitch-in-the-ditch style to give the artwork structural support that doesn't go on top of the embroidery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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