By assembling the stories of individual survivors and allies, FORCE is painting public space throughout the country (and ultimately, at the National Mall, in our country's most prominent public space) to upset the culture that otherwise entrenches us. The Monument Quilt is a creative project that provides a participatory platform to tell our stories while working together to forever change how people in the US respond to rape. By constructing public space for healing, we are creating a new reality where survivors are supported rather than blamed and shamed.
The 2014 tour will give cities and towns the opportunity to witness the quilt and engage in the project. The crowd sourced quilt will transform community response to rape survivors, through this highly visible, participatory event. The tour will make 10 stops in cities, towns and communities across the Eastern half of the United States. We are going to work with artists, schools, churches, advocacy groups, crisis centers and community organizations in each city to plan their display.
At each display attendees will be able to witness survivor’s stories, write their own reflections, enjoy cookies, listen to music and speeches, and join in community. The tour will strengthen and deepen the impact of the Monument Quilt by engaging communities on the ground.
What are the stops for the quilt tour? Force is still finalizing the route. Stay tuned for updates on locations and dates. Tour stops are determined by local interest and partner organizations. If you are interested in bringing the Monument Quilt to your town contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need you! To pay for the display materials, gas, lodging, permits and more we need to raise $15,000. Every contribution of any amount helps! In addition to donating to the monument quilt there are many ways to get involved- from making a quilt square to hosting an event. You can check the website- TheMonumentQuilt.org- to find out more details.
And please- STAY INVOLVED! We need your help to spread the word. You can LIKE us at facebook.com/upsettingrapeculture and FOLLOW us on Twitter via @upsettingrape. Tell other fans! Tell co-workers, classmates, friends, and consent enthusiasts. And of course, keep checking here for more updates!
Thank you for your support and please share this project far and wide.
Here are some of the gear you'll get in return for supporting the project.
Risks and challenges
At the Monument Quilt display, visitors have a chance to experience public, supportive, healing space. The tour displays will only occur once in each city or town. We hope the impact lasts much longer and we hope that this kind of space can be replicated and reinvented by the communities who participate. We also hope that in places where we do not host a display, groups will get involved and try a variety of tactics and methods for supporting survivors. The tour will begin a long conversation about what community response to survivors can and should look like; it will begin a longer process of changing culture that will be complex. We know that this series of events is only the beginning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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