October 13 – November 19, 2017
ArtWorks for Freedom and VisArts present a collection of essays and visual art collected through ArtWorks for Freedom’s Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay & Art Contests. These contests give farmworker children the opportunity to showcase their heartwarming and compelling stories on the national stage and to find power in their voices. The mission is to portray the realities that American farmworkers face through the words and visual art of their children, and to spur action to provide better educational support for America’s farmworker children.
Winners are selected by a diverse panel of national community partners, including the American Federation of Teachers, National Consumers League, Human Rights Watch and the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association.
The Children in the Fields Campaign (afop.org/cif) is a project of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), a national federation of non-profit and public agencies that provide job training and services for America’s farmworkers. The campaign strives to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworker children, by advocating for enhanced educational opportunities and the elimination of discriminatory federal child labor laws in agriculture.
ArtWorks for Freedom uses all forms of artistic expression to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Working locally and globally and engaging art in all its forms, we are transforming public perceptions, educating individuals, communities and policy makers, and inspiring action to put an end to modern day slavery.