This week’s exhibition at the Historical Center reinforces the stories of survivors through art and activism

Ithaca, New York – The Tompkins County Historic Center and the Tompkins County Advocacy Center have teamed up to present “Deployment: A Chronology of Sexual Assault in Tompkins County.” The exhibit displays T-shirts, brochures, posters, buttons and other artifacts documenting decades of Tompkins County survivors.

“Deployment” is on display until June 25 at the Artspace / Gallery of the Community Arts Partnership at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture and includes works of art by Clothesline project, with pieces made by local survivors of sexual, domestic and relationship violence. The parts provided by the archives of the Advocacy Center are T-shirts that show drawings, paintings and messages from survivors of violence. The shirts are hung on a clothesline around the art space, and the title of the project refers to the phrase “airing dirty laundry” to show the voices of survivors anonymously.

The exhibition will close with an event called “Feeling the Survival and Sustainability of Queer through Art”, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 25 at CAP ArtSpace / Gallery.

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