Freedom Expressions ATL Exhibition Opens at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The exhibition of paintings, photographs and multimedia works seeks to educate and inspire travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to take action against human trafficking. FREEDOM EXPRESSIONS ATL is presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. and the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI) through August 31.
ATLANTA – On May 22, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the International Human Trafficking Institute launched Freedom Expressions ATL, an art exhibition about human trafficking. The summer exhibition showcases professional artwork in the atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport May 22 through July 22, with student artwork featured in the airport's Concourse E June 5-August 31, 2015.
The Freedom Expressions ATL campaign uses creative expression to raise awareness and inspire action addressing human trafficking, which affects millions of children and adults from all over the world. By force, violence, fraud or coercion, victims are exploited by traffickers in various industries, including sex, manufacturing, agriculture, domestic services, organ donation, mining and fishing.
The opening of the May 22 exhibition at Hartsfield-Jackson included the following dignitaries, community leaders and corporate executives:
- Miguel Southwell, Hartsfield-Jackson Aviation General Manager
- George Turner, Chief, Atlanta Police Department
- Deborah Richardson, Executive Vice President of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
- Debi Crews, COO of Crews
- Letty Ashworth, Director, Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines
- Lisa Williams, President, Living Water for Girls
- Rachel, a survivor of human trafficking who inspired the passage of Safe Harbor/Rachel's Law in the Georgia state legislature
The following professional artists' work is featured in the exhibition:
- Sheila Pree Bright, an award-winning fine art photographer
- Jessica Caldas, an Atlanta-based emerging artist
- Alfred Conteh, an Atlanta-based painter, sculptor and multi-media artist
- Najee Dorsey, an Arkansas-born Columbus, GA-based multi-media artist and founder of Black Art in America (BAIA)
- Julia A. Fenton, an Atlanta artist and retired arts editor
- DS Hathaway, an Atlanta photographer
- Judy Morris Lampert, an established, Atlanta-based artist whose medium is photography
- Traci Molloy, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist
- Tracy Murrell, an Atlanta-based artist and curator
- Leisha Starchia, an Atlanta painter
- Charlie Watts, an Atlanta artist who uses photo technique for positive social change
Freedom Expressions ATL features student work on display June 5- August 31 in Concourse E; this exhibition is curated by Rebecca Des Marais and Michael Simanga with art from the following schools:
- Atlanta International School
- Benjamin E. Mays High School
- Cross Keys High School
- Forest Park High School
- North Atlanta High School
- Stilwell School of the Arts
- Westminster High School
Freedom Expressions ATL is one of several initiatives that will mark the first anniversary of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. For a full list of The Center's events and programs, click here.
To help fight human trafficking, follow the International Human Trafficking Institute, a student-led movement dedicated to combating human trafficking by providing students with training, resources, and collaboration worldwide. For additional information visit TheIHTI.org