CONCEPT: Freedom is a three-day summit addressing the topic of human trafficking. Built on the collaborative efforts of campus and community organizations, this forum of expression will provide opportunities for education and, ultimately, action. With choral music as its centerpiece, the weekend engages performers and participants through the visual arts, movement, music, theater, film, fashion, and civil discourse, joining together to fight this most pressing human rights issue.
Saturday, January 31 | Women's Festival Chorus and Art Fashion Show
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Women of all ages are welcome to participate in the CONCEPT: Freedom Festival Chorus. Rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, culminating in a performance at 4 p.m. (free and open to the public).
In addition to musical collaboration, participants will have the option to attend interest sessions in the afternoon. Guests include local organizations and activists. Freedom ala Carte, Survivors Ink, Judge Herbert, founder of the Catch Court, She Has a Name, The Well, and Ohio State University faculty will contribute to the conversation. These sessions will educate and empower attendees to make a difference in their local communities.
Join the Festival Chorus
Cost: $20 (includes lunch/musical scores)
8 p.m. - Unchained is a performance art fashion show designed to ignite abolitionists to the cause. Unchained provides a holistic approach to activism by raising awareness, preventing recruitment among youth in schools, and working towards the restoration of survivors. Designed by Project Runway’s Korto Momolu, the collection was first purposed to celebrate women in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil War. For Unchained, a narration shares the journey of a female human trafficking survivor from innocence to violation to restoration.
Prior to the show, the honorable Judge Paul Herbert, founder of the CATCH Court
will be a guest speaker.
Tickets are now available for purchase: $30 VIP Stage seating (pre-sale only) / $15 general public / $10 students. Advance sales (614) 292-2295 (credit cards accepted) / Cash only at the door; open at 7 p.m.
Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise | Sullivant Hall | 1813 N. High St.
Columbus photographer and Ohio State graduate, Eileah Ohning, will present an installation of images celebrating hope, freedom, and possibility. Each photograph will share a narrative created by a local survivor of human trafficking. The photographs will be for sale,with all proceeds going directly to the applicants of Survivors Ink. Each image will provide funding to debrand a survivor.