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Join us on Thursday, February 17, for a special night of Stories on Stage.


At a first of its kind performance, notable Chicago actors will come together at the Chicago Cultural Center to read acclaimed short fiction that addresses violence against women. Co-created by The Voices and Faces Project and Stories on Stage founder Kathe Telingator, and directed by ensemble member Michael E. Myers, this unique public performance is part of the programming series for "Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art," an international contemporary art exhibition that will be showing at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 13th. The event is sponsored by Soroptimist International and co-presented by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

Writers who move us, and challenge us.

Featured writers will include Sandra Cisneros, author of the critically acclaimed book The House on Mango Street, Jonathan Franzen, winner of the National Book Award, Barbara Harman, whose work is included in the definitive anthology of fiction on domestic violence, Women in the Trees, and R. Clifton Spargo, a recent finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Fiction Award whose fiction has been praised as "marked for permanence" by esteemed literary critic Harold Bloom. The poetry of Mary Simmerling, which has been featured at the International Museum of Women, will also be included in the performance.

A special night of Stories on Stage
7 pm, February 17th
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago, IL 60602


Please join us for a reception immediately following the Stories on Stage performance.

Our partners at Art Works for Change, creators of the "Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art," are hosting a reception immediately following the performance. Join us there to find out more about their visionary work, and to mingle with the creators and sponsors of the night's performance.
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Soroptimist International is our official Stories on Stage sponsor.
Find out more about their important work.
The Voices and Faces Project, recently named one of "America's Best Charities" by the board of directors of Independent Charities of America, is a non-profit documentary initiative  created to bring the stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public. Join our email list.

Gilt is Good: our April 11th fundraiser.
Aaaah, the delicious taste of supporting a good cause. On April 11th, restaurant and bar-of-the moment Gilt is hosting a benefit dinner for The Voices and Faces Project. Taste the creations of the executive chef, and enjoy vintage cocktails handcrafted just for us, and just for the night. We've been fans of this uber-chic restaurant since it opened. But they really won us over when the team at Gilt expressed their heartfelt commitment to helping us raise awareness of - and funds to support - victims of sexual violence. Please join us for what promises to be a very special night.
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A new book we think you'll, well, love.
Recently featured on Good Morning America, Live and Let Love (Simon and Schuster) is a collection of "thought-provoking, illuminating, often poignant essays written by some of America's most fascinating and vibrant women," including Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream. Anne, in partnership with documentary photographer Patricia Evans, is currently at work on a collection of essays and narrative profiles of victims of sexual violence and trafficking. For other literary recommendations, and to learn more about the writers affiliated with our documentary project,
Visit our Voices and Faces Project Reading Room.

Making music that makes change.
Our second Voices and Faces Project benefit cd, The Angel Band Project, is on sale now. This moving collection of songs -- including tunes by two of our personal favorites, Bob Dylan and Patty Griffin -- honors the life of Teresa Butz, a victim of rape and murder, and has been a labor of love for Teresa's Tony and Grammy Award-winning brother Norbert Butz Junior. 100% of proceeds benefit our Voices and Faces Project work to end sexual violence.
Visit the Angel Band Project blog.

Writing about the injustices we've lived or witnessed: Our Testimonial Writing Workshop for survivors.
This two-day workshop invites survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking to write about the injustices that they have lived or witnessed. Co-created by The Voices and Faces Project and writer R. Clifton Spargo, with generous support from Verizon Wireless, this first-of-its kind program is debuting at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 26th.
NOTE: Deadline for applications is February 28th.

For details, email testimonial@voicesandfaces.org.

Art and Civic Engagement: An Artist Panel Discussion.
See you there!

Featuring artists Patricia Evans (our Voices and Faces Project photographer), Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Hank Willis Thomas, this panel presents a public dialogue about the ways in which art can be a tool of expression and action for social change. It will be moderated by Jane M. Saks and is being organized by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media and co-presented by The Voices and Faces Project, with support from the Leadership Donors of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute and Chicago Foundation for Women.

Art and Civic Engagement Panel Discussion
6 pm, March 8th
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago, IL 60602

The Voices and Faces Project is a non-profit documentary initiative created to bring the names, faces and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public. Recently named one of "America's Best Charities" by the board of directors of Independent Charities of America, and recognized by the United States Department of Justice as part of the "new generation" of anti-violence leaders, we're working to change minds, hearts and public policies through survivor's storytelling.
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