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Artist and Social Activist Adrienne La Faye Launch Portraits of Forgotten Women, Chronicling Black Women In Prison

THE ALASEA NETWORK, A 501 c (3) Non-Profit Seeks Sponsors To Visit Women Of Color In Prisons And Document Their Stories and paint their portraits. Channel NBC KING5 Photojournalist has been assigned to document the entire process through film.
SEATTLE, WA, December 05, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Adrienne La Faye, artist and social activist will travel to prisons across the United States for the Portraits of Forgotten Women Project. The P.O.F.W Project is chronicling the stories of specifically African American women, and letting the women tell their stories of incarceration and their children and families they leave behind. "I want to bring these stories to life through Art and images," said Ms. La Faye. She will start with the Washington Correctional Center for Women, aka WCCW) in November 2018 and continue to visit prisons around the country throughout 2019.
IN HER OWN WORDS
"My goal is to help to give back the imprisoned Black woman voice because of being historically disenfranchised, and marginalized in our society. If she ever had or knew her voice, she's certain to have lost it because of the choices she's been given."
This project will help build the imprisoned woman of color's self-esteem and humanize her to the public, by including an "IN HER OWN WORDS" statement with each painting. This gives the woman prisoner an opportunity to say what they need to say, especially to family members, like her children.
"I personally know what incarceration feels like, because of my crack addiction of twelve years, and I found my voice after I got clean & sober. Now eighteen years later I'm determined to help these women find themselves. We all deserve a second chance," said Ms. La Faye.
"I want to document this entire project to bring voice to the voiceless by filming every step along the way." THE ALASEA NETWORK has a GoFundMe page seeking $75,000 to cover the expenses of traveling and filming to highlight these stories.
When African American women are in prison, they:
• Are less likely to receive visitors than any other demographic in the world.
• Are likely to have the law applied in a different way than their white male counterparts.
• Are likely to have defended themselves against intimate-partner violence.
THE ALASEA NETWORK, a 501c(3) started by Adrienne LA Faye is accepting donations in any amount through GoFundMe. While donations of any amount are accepted, if you donate $2000 or more, you will receive four (4) authenticated Giclee prints and possible inclusion in the donor plaque. Please refer to the GoFundMe page for details.
THE ALASEA NETWORK's MISSION STATEMENT:
"To be the catalyst of transcendence for the people who have been unprotected, disenfranchised and marginalized, uplifting their voices while educating the public through ART."
To find out more or to donate to this project, visit Portraits Of Forgotten Women Go Fund Me Page.
For testimonials from previous organizations that have commissioned art, visit our page on GreatNonprofits.org
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