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Broken Wings

September 19 – October 7 • Grand Rapids Public Museum

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou

Artist Statement

What can we do to stop school shootings? Many of the current solutions only seem to trigger more verbal bullets and D.C. war games. But to reach our kids—those who are hurting, isolated, bullied, or struggling with caustic emotions—we all need to be part of the answer.

but·ter·fly ef·fect
noun: butterfly effect
The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.

The butterfly effect, an alternative scientific theory, challenges us to consider that every action has a reaction. Like the tiny motion from the butterfly's wings, the smallest deed or word has an effect. Every interaction—positive or negative—has the potential to change the course of a child's life.

Broken Wings, a catalyst for safeguarding and nurturing kids, invites a response. Sign your name. Sketch how you feel. Leave a comment. Record your wish or prayer. Or write your solution on how to protect our children—our delicate beautiful butterflies. Your idea could be the next creative spark that changes our nation's story. Help heal America.

About ArtPrize

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.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009