The Clothesline Project is a participatory exhibit and a visual display designed to break the silence surrounding violence against women and to illustrate the impact of violence.
The exhibit is comprised of t-shirts designed by survivors of violence and by their families and friends who have been impacted by the violence perpetrated against their loved ones. Participants walk through the rows of T-shirts on clotheslines to bear witness to these tragedies. The project focuses on providing healing for survivors of violence, educating the public about violence, and preventing violence.
Statistics become individuals. Abstract ideas become real.
What you can do
Make a T-shirt!
The making of a t-shirt can be a very liberating event. It breaks down the silence and isolation many feel and helps in the transformation from victim to survivor. Each year, opportunities for T-shirt making are available in the campus housing communities. Individuals and groups may also contact CARE throughout the year to arrange for a private T-shirt making session.
Attend the Clothesline Project
Show your support for the project and for survivors of violence by educating yourself and bearing witness to the experiences depicted on the shirts.
Bring a friend or a group to the Clothesline Project
Educate others and offer the opportunity to others to be involved in discussions about sexual violence. Ask a professor to offer extra credit for participation or provide incentive for your group's attendance.
If you are interested in making a shirt or providing an opportunity for your group to make shirts to be displayed at the Project, please contact CARE.