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Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a powerful visual display of T-shirts decorated by survivors of violence or their loved ones. This national movement seeks to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence while giving a voice to those affected. Each year the exhibition gains more interest and helps to increase the conversation about the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities. 

For October 2023, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Grace Smith House will be hosting two main Clothesline Project exhibitions. October 2 - 9 the show will be at Gallery 40 at 40 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.  From October 20 - 22, 2023, the exhibition will be at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY.  

To mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 2022, we had a display of shirts at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on October 1st.
During this time, victims and survivors had the opportunity to make their own shirt to display and to gather to reflect on the emotional messages conveyed on the t-shirts. 

 In 2021, Shirts were on display all month at the New York State Police Troop K headquarters in Salt Point and the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office in Poughkeepsie. 

The growth of this popular annual initiative has been substantial since it helps to give a voice to those who are often silent.

Content Warning for shirts onsite: We Do NOT censor the shirts. Shirts may contain graphic language and content.