This post will be dedicated to talking about Ribbons of Hope, a collaborative community art project for Ferguson, Missouri. As the whole country is aware, Ferguson and the surrounding areas are facing some very difficult situations. Whether or not we all agree on the cause, who is to blame, and what the outcome should be, it’s safe to say that Ferguson deserves some support.
Ribbons of Hope was created by art therapists both in and from Ferguson and St. Louis to give people a way to respond to the events in Ferguson. The creators of Ribbons of Hope invite the people from Ferguson and beyond to look toward the future while engaging in a creative process with potentially thousands of others.
The way the project works is that people create ribbons with hopeful messages and send them to one of the project creators. The ribbons are taken to Ferguson each weekend and tied to one of two locations. (See below for more information on how to participate!) A few SATA members have occasionally helped with stringing ribbons and we have really enjoyed reading people’s messages for Ferguson. They range from silly and sweet to hopeful and deep, and all are welcome!
The Ribbons of Hope sites will provide a safe space for people to reflect, connect, commune and exchange dialogue. The creators of Ribbons of Hope hope and wish that this project will be unifying, help to nurture and strengthen community spirit, and build bridges towards the future of Ferguson.
Here is a clip of the sites where ribbons are being tied:
Ribbons are still being accepted and participation is encouraged! Please make as many ribbons as you can! With that being said, here is how you or your family, club, church, etc. can participate!
Weather resistant ribbon, 14-18″ long
Permanent or paint markers
Directive: On a ribbon with a permanent marker write or draw your vision of hope toward the future, in a positive, creative, productive, prayerful, or wishful way.
Ribbons can be mailed to: Gussie Klorer, 200 South Bemiston, Suite 309, Clayton, MO 63105. Timely completion of ribbons may be important!
Ribbons of HOPE is a partnership of the Adolescent Resource Center (ARC- a program of Queen of Peace Center) the Northern Arts Council, (NAC), Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) and Provident Counseling and the Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA).
We invite you and anyone who is interested to send in ribbons for Ferguson!