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MIAD students create visual responses to survivor writings

Untold Stories cover 2020

2020 Untold Stories magazine cover. Cover art by Irene Balasoiu ‘21 (Illustration).

Work created by MIAD students as part of the LOTUS Legal Clinic’s “Untold Stories” project is on view at the Milwaukee Art Therapy Collective November 14 and 21. An online celebration, the “Lotus Untold Stories 2020 Showcase,” is November 13 at 6 p.m.

“Untold Stories” brings empowerment and healing to survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking by helping them to find their voice and develop skills to become agents of systemic change. Survivors attend a testimonial writing workshop to compose original works of literary art in community with others. 

MIAD students in a humanities course developed artwork in response to the survivors’ creative writings. Students also studied survivor narratives and methodologies for healing from trauma.

MIAD students completed the work in spring 2020. The events were rescheduled for fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Untold Stories gallery show

Untold Stories Gallery Show

Lotus Untold Stories 2020 Showcase virtual event
November 13, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
The event features a video with MIAD students’ artwork and voiceovers from the authors. The 2020 Untold Stories magazine will launch as well.
Limited free registration tickets are available at

Untold Stories Gallery Show
November 14, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & November 21, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Art Therapy Collective (92nd and Burleigh St., Milwaukee)
This socially-distanced gallery event is free, but tickets are limited. Groups of 4 or fewer will be admitted at 15-minute intervals. Register for free tickets here


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