ORONO – An exhibit titled “#safetywork” is open for the next few days at the University of Maine’s IMRC Center.

Featuring works by 11 female artists, the exhibit focuses on violence against women and related issues. The reception will begin with outdoor performances on Stewart Commons in front of the IMRC Center, alongside an installation titled “BedWritten.”

“BedWritten” is a collaborative work featuring the words of 100 women who have been victims of sexual assault, harassment, violence and discrimination. Their words were incorporated into a quilt to cover a bed frame placed over the seeds of 100 black tulips, which will bloom this spring and grow through the frame. After the opening performances, the quilt will be brought inside and added to the collection of exhibited works in the APPE space.

Also featured is a collaborative project among 80 girls from middle schools in the area and students from Texas, which focuses on identity and empowerment. Advocacy organizations that have been invested in the creation of the works and will participate in the opening event include Partners for Peace, Bangor Rape Response Services and the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine.

The exhibit will run through April 20/ “BedWritten” will be on display through May.

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