Art Exhibit Displays Work of Local Artists to Benefit Victims of Human Trafficking

Exhibit Features Artwork Created by Women and Girls Recovering from Sexual Exploitation

WHAT:   Dozens of local artists will display original artwork at an exhibit to benefit the victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation on Saturday, May 19, at Flourish Studios in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  The Salvation Army has partnered with Buy Art Not People (BANP) for this unique exhibit. Professional artwork displayed for purchase depicts the themes of home, sanctuary, recovery and transformation.  Art created by women and girls undergoing treatment in The Salvation Army PROMISE (Partnership to Rescue Minors from Sexual Exploitation) program will also be on display.

The event will feature speakers from The Salvation Army and BANP.  The evening will also include live entertainment from the Pearl String Quartet and other local artists and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dessert and refreshments.  All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army PROMISE  program.  Last year, BANP sold more than 100 paintings and raised $2,600 for The Salvation Army.

WHEN:            Saturday, May 19, 2012

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Flourish Studios

3020 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

TICKETS:        Tickets are $25 per person and are free for ages 18 and under.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door while available. For more information, visit www.buyartnotpeople.org or contact Elizabeth Andrews at Elizabeth@buyartnotpeople.org.

About Buy Art Not People

Buy Art Not People equips artists with tools to raise awareness locally and nationally about modern day slavery. BANP funnels resources to anti-trafficking organizations in our community and abroad and works to bring freedom and health to survivors through creativity and collaboration.

About The Salvation Army PROMISE Program (Anne’s House)

In September 2010, The Salvation Army opened Anne’s House, a residential home for women and girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.  Anne’s House provides a safe, nurturing environment; long-term trauma treatment; life skills training; and education for young women ages 12-21 who are victims of sexual abuse and violence.  Anne’s House is one of only a few homes in theU.S.providing residential care and long-term therapeutic treatment for victims of human trafficking.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 89 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salarmychicago.org.

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