Art gallery presents new exhibition bringing attention to human trafficking

Art gallery presents new exhibition bringing attention to human trafficking
Posted at 12:16 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 14:19:08-04

A new exhibition called ‘UnBound Art’ made its debut in Waco on Oct. 5.

Cultivate 7Twelve is partnering with UnBound Waco to bring attention to issues of human sex trafficking in the local community and inspire hope for victims.

The show will feature work depicting the breakthrough, strength, courage and potential for freedom found within each story.

McLennan County ranked fourth in a national human trafficking initiative in 2017, tying with the New York City Police Department in the number of arrests related to the issue. UnBound Waco has decided to work to combat this statistic and eliminate human trafficking in the Waco community.

National Director of UnBound Susan Peters said their mission has always been to activate the community to fight human trafficking. Nikki Thompson, communications intern for Unbound said they work hard and are committed helping the victims of trafficking.

“Unbound has done so much to create a safer community since it was founded in 2012,” Thompson said. “We’ve served more than 45 trafficking victims this year alone.”

The exhibit is scheduled to run through Oct. 29. Below is a list of events to join while the exhibition takes place.

Community Night 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Free and open to the public)

The first step to fighting human trafficking is awareness. Join us for a community training on ‘Human Trafficking 101’ hosted by UnBound.

Yoga for a cause 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Join UnBound for an evening of yoga. Please bring your own mat. Donations from the event will go toward UmBound’s mission to eradicate human trafficking in Waco.

Donuts and Coffee 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21 (Free and open to the public)

Join UnBound for a special Sunday opening of the gallery to learn more about UnBound’s mission over donuts from Nightlight Donuts and coffee from Thrst Coffee Cart.

Book Reading Hosted by Julia Walsh 6-7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26 (Free and open to the public)

Julia Walsh is a victim of human sex trafficking as a freshman in college. You’re invited to a preview reading of Julia’s new book ‘Surviving the Life.’

Keys to Collaboration 5-6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29 (Free and open to the public)

Join UnBound for the closing night and a time of recognition to the community and others that helped with the exhibition.

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