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Art exhibits aims to raise awareness, funds to combat human trafficking

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 20:16:40-04

A Waco downtown gallery is hosting an art exhibit throughout the month of October to raise awareness about human trafficking. 

Paintings, mixed media and sculptures are some of the pieces being showcased at Cultivate7Twelve

Back in March, Cultivate7Twelve invited anti-human trafficking group UnBound to share information about the prevalence of this issue with Waco artists. They used the information and the story of a survivor for inspiration to create the artwork. 

The proceeds of the items sold will go toward UnBound, a nonprofit organization activating local communities to fight human trafficking through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy. 

Cultivate7Twelve Director Rebekah Hagman said this is one way the business can serve the community.

"Because of where we are in the I-35 corridor, we are particularly vulnerable to having human traffickers use as a weigh station and we don't want to be true anymore. UnBound has done some tremendous work with the sheriff's department over the last three to five years and we wanted to support that," Hagman said.

The gallery located at 712 Austin Avenue in Waco will also host other events to support the nonprofit organization: 

  • Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.- Community training to learn about ways to spot human trafficking
  • Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. - Yoga fundraiser
  • Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. -  Informational meeting about UnBound's mission

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