The Clothesline Project comes to Albany to raise domestic violence awareness
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--The Clothesline Project, a display of 141 t-shirts comes to the Capitol Region intending to increase education around the issue of domestic and gender based violence and provide a platform for survivors to tell their stories.
“One of the ways we like to highlight the voices of survivors is through the clothesline project. It really is a visualization of the voices of survivors,” said Kelli Owens, executive director or the New York State Office of the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
The t-shirts are gathered from domestic and sexual violence providers across the state.
The project originated in 1990 with a display of 31 t-shirts organized by a coalition of women's advocacy groups in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
More than 30 years later, the project continues on. This week, only steps away from the New York State Capitol.
“Just knowing that you can look at this conversation happening on the concourse and speak about it, is incredibly powerful. There’s a moment of normalization that happens when you have these messages shown publicly,” said Jeanette Moy, commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services.
Moy added she hopes this project keeps conversations around domestic and gender based violence fresh so that no one feels alone.
The project will be on display until this Thursday Oct. 19, coinciding with this years domestic violence awareness day.