Pamela's ArtPrize 2014 Series
The Scarlet Cord
Healing for Sex Trafficked Children
September 24 – October 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and forgotten by everybody…that is a much greater hunger.
The Scarlet Cord installation reveals the deception that enslaves innocent children caught in sex trafficking. As visitors step inside a 40-foot storage container filled with thirty doors, they enter a secret world like the dark world of trafficking that crosses religious and social borders to sell our children for sex.
The twisting scarlet cord depicts the trauma bond that connects the children to their traffickers. The weathered doors represent these abused children whose youthful minds have become knotted like old wood.
The artwork—dedicated to these suffering children tethered within the sex industry—calls for compassionate action. Thirty-thousand scarlet cords were given away at ArtPrize 2014 as a reminder to build circles of protection around at-risk children. Following ArtPrize, The Scarlet Cord traveled to Phoenix during the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl to help raise awareness against commercial sex trafficking—our modern day slavery.
The Scarlet Cord installation partnered with Women At Risk International for ArtPrize 2014
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009
Since 2009, ArtPrize is the world's largest open art competition. This 19-day event in Grand Rapids, Michigan draws more than 500,000 visitors with around 1500 participating artists. This unique event involves local and international artists, art, and active community participation. Veteran ArtPrize artist and facilitator Pamela Alderman is known for creating a new kind of artist/viewer work that invites audience collaboration. Her work lets others speak and respond. In 2015, her work, Hometown Hero, was voted into the Top 20 and finished 3rd Place for Time-Based exhibits.