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Clothesline Project Will Be Displayed October 30

Clothesline Project 2012Mars Hill University’s Annual Clothesline Project will be held October 30, 2014, from 10 am – 2 pm in front of Pittman Dining Hall.

The Clothesline project began in 1990 in Massachusetts when a small group of women wanted to find a way to educate people about and recognize the pervasive problem of domestic violence. This event visibly promotes awareness by hanging decorated t-shirts on a clothesline. Each t-shirt represents an individual who has experienced some type of domestic violence.

Besides promoting awareness, the Clothesline Project serves as source of healing for those who have been directly affected by violence. Persons who have been impacted by violence decorate a shirt which is hung on clotheslines set up on campus.

Event Coordinator Liz Anderson, assistant professor of social work, said: "The hundreds of t-shirts hanging side-by-side speak to the vast prevalence of violence in every day culture. Creating a shirt gives women and those impacted by violence a voice and an opportunity to break through the silence and serves to provide a step towards healing."

The Mars Hill University Clothesline Project is planned and promoted by the Women’s Studies Program. All are welcome to stop by and see this powerful visual recognition of the victims of violence.

Since 1990, the Clothesline Project has spread worldwide. For more information, see: