Post-Abortion Art Work Sought for National Exhibit
The Elliot Institute is co-sponsoring a national art exhibit that reflects the post-abortion experience. The exhibit is being prepared by artist and publisher Carolyn Blakeslee, founder and former editor of Art Calendar.
Blakeslee has already collected more than a hundred submissions for the exhibit over the past five years, and is continuing to seek original paintings, photographs, sculptures, poetry, lyrics and music for the exhibit.
“A substantial number of professional artists have already captured the post-abortion experience in artistic form,” Blakeslee said. “This exhibit is a unique opportunity to showcase this important body of work and to encourage other artists to develop original pieces for this exhibit.
“At their best, the arts speak to soul. Through this exhibit, we hope to show the general public both the depth of grief and loss which follows abortion and also the great sense of release and joy that can be found in post-abortion healing and reconciliation.”
If resources permit, Blakeslee hopes to take the exhibit on a national tour, and publish a full-color art book.
“We are excited about this opportunity to educate the public in a new way–through the arts,” said Elliot Institute Director Dr. David Reardon. “While statistics and rational arguments regarding the physical and psychological dangers of abortion are important, art reaches people on a different level. Moreover, because of its unique theme, this exhibit may help us attract the attention of a different part of the media, namely, reporters who cover the arts.”
Both professional and amateur works will be accepted for consideration. For more information or to submit artwork, contact Carolyn at 1805 West Clear Lake Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804-1969, (410) 572- 5792, [email protected]
Grant Funds for Hope and Healing Now Available
We now have funds available for churches and pro-life groups wishing to promote post-abortion healing and to educate their communities about the dangers of abortion. The matching funds are available to offset the costs of distributing Hope and Healing, a 12-page newspaper supplement, in local and university newspapers.
Hope and Healing is a great tool to get the pro-life, pro-woman message out at colleges and in the community. It serves both to educate people on the dangers of abortion and to create a more healing environment for those who are suffering from a past abortion.
Hope and Healing conveys the truth about abortion and its devastating consequences in a gentle, non-confrontational way. Since its publication in August 1998, more than 320,000 copies have been distributed throughout the nation. Several organizations have undertaken large-scale distribution projects through their college or city newspapers.
To make it easier for organizations to bring Hope and Healing to their own communities, the Elliot Institute has established a $40,000 matching grant fund to help subsidize the cost of placing the publication as an advertising insert in local college or city newspapers. The typical cost for insertion is in the range of $50 per thousand copies. Each distribution can be customized to identify local resources and sponsors.
It only takes one individual or group to get the ball rolling. We will work with any applicant to define a budget and to raise the additional funds over and above our grant allocation. Sample fund raising letters and a sample foundation grant request are posted on our web site at www.afterabortion.org/funds/.
Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so interested groups should call as soon as possible. For more information about applying for the matching grant program, contact Amy or Nora at the Elliot Institute, (217) 525-8202.
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The listing for Ramah International’s web site in the last issue of The Post-Abortion Review is incorrect. The correct web address is: www.ramahinternational.org. Originally published in The Post-Abortion Review 7(3) July-Sept. 1999. Copyright 1999 Elliot Institute.