Recovering Voices: Honoring Survivors and Allies at the MSU MuseumTeal paper flower

The MSU Museum is committed to documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of the survivors of the horrific sexual abuse scandal that has impacted so many in recent years.

We also seek to document the struggles of the survivors and their allies to transform the culture of MSU and to educate the broader public on issues of abuse, healing, and transformation.

The Museum documents and collects objects of material culture, including:

  • Tribute ribbons affixed to trees, along with associated labels and tags
  • Banners, placards, signs
  • T-shirts, buttons, ribbons, and other wearable objects of protest and solidarity
  • In some instances, visual works of art created by survivors and allies

The Museum is working closely with the University Archives, which collects textual, aural, photographic, and social media materials related to the crisis.

The Museum is also working with our Survivors and Allies Advisory Council to develop a collaboratively curated exhibition on the crisis and associated struggles for transformation, to open in Spring 2019. We are also developing, in partnership with survivors, regional non-profits, and campus specialists, appropriate educational materials on abuse prevention and recovery.

For more information on the collection and exhibition projects please contact:

Mark Auslander, Museum Director
Mary Worrall, Curator of Textiles and Social Justice

Removing a ribbon from a treeDr. Mark Auslander’s Director’s Letter for August 2018, “Trees as Witnesses: Honoring the Survivors,” on the origins of the teal ribbon project.

Dr. Mark Auslander’s second annual director’s lecture, “Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection,”: exploring the teal ribbon project (September 13, 2018)

Our community partners include:

The Firecracker Foundation
Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center
The Museum works in close consultation with the MSU Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup

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