The MSU Museum was selected by the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program to receive the 2019 Teal Ribbon Award for the Museum’s commitment to building awareness and elevating sister survivors’ voices. The teal ribbon is the international symbol promoting sexual assault awareness.
An award ceremony will be held on Monday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lake Huron Room at the MSU Union. The MSU Sexual Assault Program established the Teal Ribbon Award in 2008 to recognize and honor campus departments that have shown leadership and commitment to creating awareness and reducing sexual violence on the Michigan State University campus.
MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander remarks, “The Museum is both honored and humbled to be recognized in this way. The award is due, first and foremost, to the courage and perseverance of the sister survivors with whom we have partnered in developing the exhibit. This has been a remarkable team effort, and all of us at the Museum feel privileged to have worked with the Survivors and Allies Advisory Committee. It has also been a powerful and moving experience partnering with The Army of Survivors in co-organizing the year’s speakers’ series exploring struggles against sexual violence from a range of perspectives.”
The MSU Museum was nominated and selected for the award for several projects including the Museum’s collection and stewardship of the teal ribbons tied around MSU campus trees by parents and allies of sister survivors to honor the survivors of the vast crisis of sexual violence centered on the campus. The Museum hosted and organized a spring speaker series examining issues around sexual violence and trauma, consent, racial justice, journalism, and art. Then on Tuesday, April 16 the MSU Museum is set to open the exhibit “Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak.” The exhibit which was co-created by a committee of survivors and allies will feature visual art, poetry, an audio installation, and more chronicling the continuing struggle by survivors to call public attention to sexual violence and to promote dignity, healing, and positive transformation.