In anticipation of the upcoming 8th Annual rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change exhibit, the SAPAC Men’s Activism (MA) group recently completed their own contribution. In an echo of last year’s piece, this year’s project incorporated the “These Hand’s Don’t Hurt” message. This year’s project combined elements of everyday activism and artistic expression.
The intent of the project was to visibly show male support in ending power-based violence on campus. With this in mind, the MA’s developed red bracelets that could be worn and promote everyday conversations about the importance of this issue. Each man signed a pledge reading:
"I pledge to never use my hands to hurt, abuse, disrespect, or in any way violate the wishes of others. I will use my hands to help stop sexual, domestic, and power-based violence in any and all forms, at all times, and in all places. These Hands Don't Hurt"
Lastly, we photographed each man wearing the bracelet for our art piece. Each hand photographed will join the other supporter’s photos in a collage depicting the myriad of men united in this mission.
Though our last day of tabling on the Diag was snowed out, the MA’s had tremendous success in their two smaller tabling events in the Chemistry building and in Pierpont Commons. It was so encouraging to see so many men from all over campus get involved, engage in discussions about these issues, and learn more about the MA’s through their participation.
Come see the finished project during the rEVOLUTION exhibit. Please join us for the closing ceremony in 2435 North Quad on Friday, April 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Hope to see you there!