The Scarlet Cord

ArtPrize 2014 Artist

Voted Top 25 Installation at ArtPrize 2014

Healing for Sex Trafficked Children

Pamela Alderman

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and forgotten by everybody…that is a much greater hunger.” Mother Theresa
Scarlet Cord installation

ArtPrize 2014 The Scarlet Cord at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Incredible. Beautiful. Haunting. ArtPrize 2014 visitor response
Weathered doors tied with red rope used in The Scarlet Cord installation

The Scarlet Cord installation reveals the deception that enslaves innocent children. As visitors step inside a 40-foot storage container filled with thirty doors, they enter a secret world. This dark world crosses religious and social economic 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. Alderman's art—dedicated to these suffering children tethered within the sex industry—calls for compassionate action.

Listen to The Scarlet Cord audio collage

Hear real voices of trafficking survivors and law enforcement provided by Shared Hope International.

Night Cries

Night CriesMy new 2017 painting series, Night Cries, is my creative reaction to the history of pain and devastation experienced by so many who visited my installations. Voice actors recorded actual sentences from the victims I encountered. Then my tech guy turned the recordings into audio sound waves. This collection of abstract paintings have been interpreted from audio sound waves to 2D paintings.

The Scarlet Cord installation on the road

The Scarlet Cord being transported
The Scarlet Cord, container installation The Scarlet Cord, mini installation (open space) The Scarlet Cord, gallery installation (enclosed space)

The Scarlet Cord: container installation, mini installation (open space), and gallery installation (enclosed space)

Pamela Alderman is a very talented artist, but she is much more than that. She is a woman concerned about a greater artistic endeavor—the protection, welfare, freedom, dignity and worth of all women. Her exhibit “The Scarlet Cord,” masterfully opens the eyes of the public to the sad and destructive world of human trafficking. She exposes the dark side, but is always ready to show the path to redemption and healing.

Michael Cook
Manager of Programs, Acton Institute

Pamela put together a powerful program at GVSU. Her exhibit was evocative and emotional, and the event she coordinated brought home the reality of sex trafficking with people who have experienced first-hand the terrible frequency of it in West Michigan. Overall, though, the message was one of hope—the hope that those trafficked can heal, the hope that our actions can mitigate this scourge, and the hope that humanity can triumph over evil.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain
Director, Frederik Meijer Honors College
Grand Valley State University

Women at Risk volunteer tying a red string bracelet on ArtPrize 2014 visitor

Wear a red string bracelet to symbolize your commitment to build circles of protection around at-risk children

Group of ArtPrize 2014 visitors with red string bracelets

30,000 red string bracelets were given away during ArtPrize 2014

The Scarlet Cord film creative collaborators: Producer Rochelle Raimão, Director Simon Scionka, and Artist Pamela Alderman

Singer Kelsey Rottiers and artist Pamela Alderman bring you “Midnight Wars & The Scarlet Cord,” a collaborative music video set against the backdrop of “The Scarlet Cord” ArtPrize installation

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By confronting the harsh reality of child trafficking, we activate hope and healing.

Wounded - Multimedia on canvas for The Scarlet Cord installation

The Scarlet Cord in Phoenix

The Scarlet Cord at night in Phoenix

More on The Scarlet Cord in Phoenix…

Watch WZZM TV13 interview with Pamela about The Scarlet Cord traveling to Phoenix…

The Tragedy of Human Trafficking

The Evils of Human Trafficking was featured as part of the Acton Lecture Series in May.

To schedule The Scarlet Cord exhibition, email Pamela Alderman or use the form on our Contact page.

To help The Scarlet Cord exhibit travel to new locations, please make your donation on the Healing in Arts web site. Thank you for continuing this journey with us.