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The Stories We Tell: our Testimonial Writing Workshop for survivors.

On March 26 and 27, as part of the programming series for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art,The Voices and Faces Project will debut "The Stories We Tell," a two-day workshop that invites survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking to write about the injustices that they have lived or witnessed. The workshop was co-created by The Voices and Faces Project and writer R. Clifton Spargo, a recent finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Fiction Award. This is a reading and writing focused workshop during which we will consider works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, Charlotte Pierce-Baker and Jamie Kalven, among others.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Deadline for applications is this Friday, February 25th.
For details, email

Our Voices and Faces Project Testimonial Writing Workshop is made possible through generous local support from our allies at Verizon Wireless.

HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. The phones are then refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way. Refurbished phones, complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service, are provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. We at The Voices and Faces Project are deeply grateful for Verizon's support of our own work on behalf of survivors.

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.

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

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.

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.
Buy Tickets.

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.

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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