Imagine Freedom Mural Project STAC

Imagine Freedom Mural Project
“From Surviving to Thriving: A Call to End Human Trafficking”

The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) is issuing a Call to Artists to create a mural design that will be part of our January 2024 community-wide Human Trafficking Prevention observance.

Human trafficking includes both forced labor and sexual exploitation. STAC’s mission is to help victims of trafficking and raise awareness of human trafficking in North Florida, particularly in rural areas. More information about STAC, the issue of sex and labor trafficking, and inspiration can be found at STAC also encourages applicants to take the one-hour online course “STACPRO” to have a grounded understanding of human trafficking and avoid depictions of the many myths and misinformation about the topic.

The selected artwork from this artist call will be digitally reproduced onto a large canvas and will be on display during January 2024 and throughout the calendar year in selected venues in STAC’s service area. The power of art to create community conversation is unparalleled. STAC anticipates that the artwork will be a catalyst for learning to the whole community, especially in local rural areas, for youth and adults alike.

The artwork will be featured on January 30, 2024, at an opening reception from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in Tallahassee, FL, and then throughout the year at venues where STAC provides services (Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, and Jefferson counties). One artist and their design will be selected for the final mural and will be considered the first-prize winner. Preference will be given to submissions from North Florida artists. Cash prizes for first place ($1,000), second place ($500), and third place ($250) will be awarded during this January 30 reception and will be featured on STAC’s website and social media and in local media.

Using the theme: From Surviving to Thriving: A Call to End Human Trafficking artists are encouraged to submit works focused on empowerment of communities to end human trafficking and sex and labor trafficking prevention, especially among rural and underserved populations. This can include depictions of the local contextual realities that are breeding grounds for exploitation, the survivor’s journey to freedom, and images that promote greater understanding and community support and empowerment for human trafficking survivors. Images that include ropes, chains, and other physical forms of control are discouraged as the reality of most trafficking victims is that they are rarely physically restrained in these ways. Instead, traffickers use emotional and psychological coercion, manipulation, and fraud to control and exploit the vulnerabilities and needs of their victims.

There is no entry fee.

Artists may submit up to three (3) JPEG or PNG images of artwork. Submissions should be appropriate for all audiences. Image submissions must be at least 1200 DPI (dots per inch) to allow for up-scaling onto a large canvas.

Submissions should be uploaded using the Artist Application on this page.

DEADLINE: The artist will submit this agreement and no more than three (3) hi-rez images to no later than midnight, Eastern Time, October 9, 2023.

TIMELINE: STAC will notify the artist no later than October 22, 2023 if they are a finalist, or if their artwork is selected for the show.

Questions? Contact Robin Hassler Thompson, Executive Director, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) at or 850-597-2080.

Artist Application and Agreement

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    Artist Agreement

    This agreement is entered by and between the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and the undersigned. In exchange for the presentation of artwork, the artist agrees to the following:

    If selected, STAC will exhibit artwork(s) during calendar year 2024 throughout the Big Bend.

    Artist guarantees that all art pieces are their own original artwork and in no way disparages any individual, living or dead.

    The artwork must closely represent the quality of the digital images, must be the size stated on the entry form, and must be ready to display on a mural sized canvas (or similar material), billboard or signage. All accepted artwork is to remain available for display for the duration of 2024.

    The intent of this campaign is to start a community conversation about the issue of human trafficking (sex trafficking, labor trafficking, or both). If any buyer is interested in purchasing a work, that transaction is solely between the buyer and artist. The artist will provide contact information for interested buyers. The organization requests that you donate 10 percent of the sale price to STAC.

    The artist grants permission to STAC to reproduce their name, information describing his/her work, representations of their work and any other information he/she has provided for the purpose of display, promotion and publicity either now or in the future.

    The artist will submit this agreement and no more than three (3) hi-rez images using this form no later than midnight, Eastern Time, September 23, 2023.

    STAC will notify the artist no later than October 6, 2023 if they are a finalist, or if their artwork is selected for the show.

    The artist grants permission to STAC to reproduce the artwork on media of STAC’s choosing to help educate the community and raise funds indefinitely. The Artist will retain their rights of ownership of the artwork.

    Release of Liability: Neither STAC nor any venue where the artwork is displayed shall not be liable for any injury to Artist, their personnel, agents or employees or for any damage or loss of Artist’s work, equipment or other personal property arising out of the above exhibitions/displays.

    Indemnification: Artist shall indemnify, save and hold harmless STAC and any venue where the artwork is displayed, its organizers, volunteers, agents, partner organizations and the participating exhibition venues from any and all claims, demands, causes of action and judgments, losses, costs and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, arising due to the negligence of Artist hereunder, including but not limited to any representation, warranty, term and/or condition of this agreement.
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