Tuesdays, June 18–August 27
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:00–7:00 p.m.
Youth are often abused, bullied, struggling with low self-esteem, or looking for someone to love them. This makes them more vulnerable to human traffickers. When our community project partner Freedom Cry looked at reducing youth vulnerability to trafficking, the idea for the Hope's Hearts project was born. Hope's Hearts is a community art project at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where we create inspiring wind chimes with words of hope. The wind chimes are placed all over Sheboygan in the hope that those who are vulnerable will find them and be encouraged, thus reducing vulnerability to trafficking.
The chimes include five words of encouragement on ceramic hearts, contact information for organizations that can help in time of crisis, and a call to encourage others. During workshops, participants create the ceramic hearts, stamp them with the selected words of encouragement, and put them together into wind chimes.
The five words are:
Hope—courage to keep moving forward
Courage—strength to make the journey
Strength—inner power to withstand whatever comes
Faith—wings and sail of our dreams
Wisdom—guardian of our choices
Follow the Hope’s Hearts project on Facebook and Instagram @hopesheartssheboygan. Follow Freedom Cry on Facebook and Instagram @freedomcryinc and visit their website www.freedomcryinc.org
For more information on the project, please contact Community Arts/ Education Specialist Hannah Jakus.