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The Clothesline Project

Clothesline Project

The Grace Smith House Clothesline Project is a powerful visual display of t-shirts created by survivors of domestic violence, or their loved ones. Each shirt is designed to represent a particular victim's experience. This emotional expression is part of a national movement to bear witness to these experiences, help those impacted with the healing process, and to educate, document and raise our community's awareness of the extent of domestic and sexual violence problem.

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. 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. 

This year to mark our 42 years of providing domestic violence services, we exhibited the Clothesline Project, with a larger than ever collection of t-shirts created by victims and their loved ones. There were two gallery exhibitions, one in Poughkeepsie, NY and one in Rhinebeck, NY. These exhibitions help to increase awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence and to start the conversation about ways to discuss and help those affected by domestic violence.

With hundreds of t-shirts collected throughout the last 30 years, Grace Smith House hopes to exhibit this collection at different Dutchess County communities. If you are interested in possibly holding an exhibition, please email

All proceeds from the Clothesline Project directly goes to those we serve, and helps Grace Smith House continue to be an open door for the victims of domestic violence.  

The Grace Smith Development Department is available to answer any of your fudraising questions by phone: Please call Marianne Bosshart Director of Development at (845) 452-7155 ext. 136.  Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

You can send a donation by mail: Send to the Development Department at Grace Smith House, 1 Brookside Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Want some more information, or have a specific sponsorship idea? Email Director of Development Marianne Bosshart at: for more information.

Interested in estate planning or legacy giving? Please call the Development Department at (845) 452-7155, ext. 136.

The 2023 Clothesline Project during Domestic Violence Awareness Month was a large success.
From all of us at Grace Smith House, thank you for your support and generosity!