Monday, January 30, 2012

Call for Art: Stop Slavery Now: A Conversation About Human Trafficking





Stop Slavery Now: A Conversation About Human Trafficking


Featuring: The Ragdoll Project

CALL FOR ART: Deadline March 19, 2012
EXHIBITION DATES: April 6 – April 30, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 6, 2012, 6-9pm
CONTACT EMAIL:  theragdollproject@hotmail.com 

will host an exhibition at F&N Gallery in Philadelphia through the month of April 2012. The exhibition is part of
The Ragdoll Project, an ongoing project to promote awareness of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

There are currently an estimated 27 million people globally that are enslaved. Human trafficking is the second largest organized crime in the world, generating approximately $32 billion. The majority of victims of sex 
trafficking are children, teens, and adults who were trafficked into prostitution before age 18. Awareness of the problem is key to creating a significant movement to stop slavery. The goal of this exhibition is to provide an 
artistic platform to expose the truth about trafficking and to share with the public ways to end the demand and support survivors.

SUBMISSIONS:
Artists submitting work to the exhibition are encouraged to read about trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Links to information can be found below and on our website www.theragdollproject.org.  
A statement about each piece will be displayed next to the artwork to add to the conversation.

All dolls donated to The Ragdoll Project will be displayed at the exhibition. To learn more about the project,
or to donate a doll, visit www.theragdollproject.org.

Please submit digital files of your work and a brief statement about each piece to 
theragdollproject@hotmail.com.  2D art is preferred as there is limited space for 3D work. 
Deadline for submissions is March 19. Notification of acceptance will be by March 23. Art must be delivered to
F&N Gallery by March 30. There is no fee to submit art, but there is a $10 administrative fee if your art is accepted. This fee is waived for all WCA Philadelphia Chapter members who have paid 2012 dues and artists 
who join the WCA Philadelphia Chapter by March 30. 10% of profit from art sales will be donated to support survivors of human trafficking.

Recommended Research Papers available on line in PDF form:
The Demand for Victims of Sex Trafficking: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/demand_for_victims.pdf
 Deconstructing the Demand for Prostitution:  http://www.sapromise.org/pdfs/deconstructing.pdf

Further Information on Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation:
The Polaris Project: www.polarisproject.org
The A21 Campaign: www.thea21campaign.org
GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services): http://www.gems-girls.org
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