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Making art in the wake of violence: introducing The Angel Band Project

The exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, a survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, was once asked, "With all of the horrors occurring in the world today, how can you write poetry?" To which Brodsky is said to have replied, "How do you eat breakfast?" His response was part challenge, part statement of fact. The creation of art in the wake of violence was, at least for Brodsky, as essential as air: the way that he made sense of his own painful history, the means by which he confronted the damage still being inflicted on citizens all over the world.

When we first heard the story of rape and murder victim Teresa Butz, and as we've watched her extraordinarily musical family (her brother is Grammy and Tony winner Norbert Butz, Jr.) come together to create a Voices and Faces Project benefit album in her honor, Joseph Brodsky's words came back to us. The Angel Band Project -- like Brodsky's poetry - has the feel of the essential. It's an album that honors Teresa Butz, and challenges the rest of us to fight for a world in which violence in all of its forms finally ends.

100% of the proceeds from The Angel Band Project will benefit The Voices and Faces Project, helping us continue our work bringing the stories of sexual violence victims to the attention of the public.

For those who have lived through or lost someone to violence, the past can seem ever-present (and perhaps it should). The gift of music is not that it helps us to forget, but that it allows us endure. Thank you in advance for supporting our work by downloading or purchasing this powerful tribute to Teresa.

One step at a time, one story at a time, The Voices and Faces Project is working to change minds, hearts and public policies. We need your support to continue our work.

The Voices and Faces Project and Verizon Wireless: a new partnership.
The Voices and Faces Project is pleased to announce its newest supporter. Verizon Wireless will be sponsoring "We Are the Stories We Tell," the country's first-ever writing workshop for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking, co-created by The Voices and Faces Project and writer R. Clifton Spargo, a recent finalist for the Flannery O' Connor Fiction Prize. Our two-day workshop is being offered at the Chicago Cultural Center March 26-27.
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Photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, and other notable museums, have created a special edition print that benefits The Voices and Faces Project. 100% of profits from the sale of "Untitled" from the Consuming Passions series will support our work to end sexual violence.
Visit to purchase this limited edition photograph - the perfect holiday gift!
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