A new nonprofit organization in Lawrence plans to help women survivors of violence by delving into the T-shirt design business.
The Lawrence Clothesline Project will encourage people to adorn shirts with messages and illustrations regarding a particular woman's experience with brutality.
The group will hold public displays of the personal tributes, including a clothesline hung with the T-shirts. The first exhibit is tentatively planned for October.
The organization's goal is to bear witness to survivors and victims of violence, help with the healing process and create a nationwide support network.
"It's a way to help men and women be aware of the need to stop violence against women," said Clothesline Project organizer Valerie Kelly.
The Lawrence chapter meets 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery room of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Women and men of all ages and cultures are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Kelly at 841-3546.
Donations of T-shirts -- white, yellow, beige, red, pink, orange, blue, green, purple, lavender -- and arts and crafts materials will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Headquarters Counseling Center, 1419 Mass.
Clothesline Project started in Hyannis, Mass., with an exhibit of 31 shirts. Since 1990, the project has spread to communities in the United States and abroad.