What are you going to do with 23,000 baby booties?
We are creating an art installation to draw attention to the problem of infant mortality in America and advocate for policy changes that can save babies’ lives. Booties are going to be sewn on panels like quilt blocks in groups of 100 according to the diagram below. Each panel is a critical piece of the puzzle that is infant mortality in this country. The complete installation will be 38′ x 38′. When the exhibitions are complete, booties will be donated to charities and agencies that serve infants.
I want to make some booties, where do I start?
The collection phase of The Project is complete, but we will include a pair of your baby booties in the installation if you like. Make a pair and send it to Mary Vaneecke, 2000 S Hermosa, Tucson, Arizona 85716.
Can I make a panel or pair of baby booties anonymously?
Yes. Just note that when you send the booties.
Does this project have anything to do with abortion?
No. Infant mortality concerns wanted children who are born alive and die before their first birthday. Whatever side of the abortion issue you are on, you are welcome to support TheMourningProject.com. My hope is that whatever our respective political leanings are, we can all be United Against Infant Mortality.
Does it cost anything to be a part of TheMourningProject.com?
There is no application fee. The Project will be expensive to ship and record. The Mourning Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Mourning Project must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Cash donations are not deductible. To make a secure online donation, go to https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/the-mourning-project
Can I participate even if I live outside the U.S.?
Of course. The project focuses on the US infant mortality rate, but all are welcome to contribute panels to the project.
What are you doing with the money you collect?
I will donate all the time I spend on the Project. There are significant costs related to the ultimate art installation, storage, postage, appropriate shipping containers, insurance, travel and other costs related to TheMourningProject.com. I am seeking grant funding, and possible sponsorships to cover these costs. This will allow me to take advantage of exhibition opportunities as soon as they present themselves, and plan ahead as much as possible. Any monies left over at the end of the project will be donated to the March of Dimes. To make a secure online donation, go to https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/the-mourning-project. Donation made through the website are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Where will this art installation appear?
Bootie panels will be exhibited at events throughout the year. Click here for the most current list. Click here for info on that. Do you have a suggestion for an exhibition venue? Contact me at email@example.com. Follow this website, my blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. to find out where the exhibition will appear.
What will you do with all those baby booties when the Project is over?
After the installations, the booties will be donated to charities serving infants and children. These agencies might include the March of Dimes, local health departments, birth centers and hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, family-nurse partnerships, etc. It’s possible some small portion of the Project may become part of a museum collection. Do you know of a charity that would be interested in receiving these items? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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