Vassar College students organize a campus-wide interactive art installation, the Red Sand Project, to raise awareness about human trafficking

The Red Sand Project, a global effort designed to raise awareness about human trafficking, is coming to Vassar College.

Organized by a group of students, this interactive art project begins with syphoning red sand into sidewalk cracks across campus. This will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, 10:00am-5:00pm. The project will be housed in the college’s mobile exhibition space, the Collaboratory, which will be behind Rockefeller Hall.

“The red sand symbolizes the victims who fall through the cracks of society- thus educating on the nature of human trafficking while engaging with the community,” says Grace Roebuck, a senior at Vassar, who helped to organize the project. "We want trafficking to be noticed. We want people to question their surroundings. It’s through dialogue that change is made." 

The campus Collaboratory, a mobile exhibition space, will contain an exhibition of information on human trafficking, accompanying an interactive art project by the artist Molly Gochman. The sand and installation will be on view through April 26. During this time, the Collaboratory will be situated on the Residential Quad.

The project was organized by: Grace Roebuck '20, Matthew McCardwell '17, Samantha Kohl '17, Jaewon Kang '20, Joshua Carreras '20, Jillian Hornbeck '20, Madhavi Jere '20, Nitasha Giran '20, Eugene Lopez-Huerta '20, Jenny Luo '20, Makeda Johnson '20, Stephen Palencia '20, Jami Joy Gibson '20, Jemison Tipler '19, and Sonali Shah '20. Additional assistance was provided by: Olivia Guarnieri '20, Brandon Impastato '20, Kevin Fernandez '20, Jamelia Watson '20, and Max Guarnieri '20

The Red Sand Project is sponsored by Creative Arts Across Disciplines, the Vassar Sculpture Department, Unframed, Vassar Greens, UNICEF, Red Sand Project, and Abolitionists Unchained.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 7, 2017