North Central Michigan College hosts of the powerful exhibit, The Scarlet Cord, by artist Pamela Alderman.
The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex Trafficked Children reveals the deception that enslaves innocent children. As visitors step inside a storage container filled with 30 doors, they enter a secret world. This dark world crosses religious and socio-economic borders to sell children for sex. The twisting scarlet cord depicts the trauma bond that connects the children to their traffickers. The weathered doors represent these abused children whose youthful minds have become knotted. There are six mixed-media works of art – Tethered, Raped, Branded, Wounded, Stripped and Forced. Alderman’s art—dedicated to these suffering children tethered within the sex industry—calls for compassionate action.
This exhibit was voted top 25 in the ARTPRIZE 2014 series. It was on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum from September 24 through October 12. It will open in Petoskey at North Central Michigan College in the parking lot between the library and the admin classroom building October 27-29.
Hours are Monday, October 27, 2-6pm., Tuesday, October 28, 9am-6:30pm. and Wednesday, October 29 10am-5pm. Docents are available for tours during this time.
Petoskey, on Little Traverse Bay, is about 60 miles north of Traverse City on US-31.