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Montessori Academy art teacher and portrait artist, Nicole Troup, recently finished a painting that will be showcased in a traveling art exhibit across the United States. The extraordinary exhibit given the name The Faces of Freedom, is sponsored by a ministry called the Freedom 58 Project based in Erie Colorado.  This isn’t just any showcase, but an exhibit created in hopes of tugging at the heart strings of viewers who see the painted portraits of rescued human trafficked victims from across the globe. Faces of Freedom is designed to travel to schools, universities, libraries, churches, airports, hospitals and other civic venues across the United States. The exhibit invites viewers to follow survivors’ real life journeys from oppression to rescue, restoration, and ultimately freedom. The paintings, each crafted by a critically-acclaimed artist, give viewers a chance to enter into a victim’s experience, reflect on their own stories of injustice, and inspire action.

Nicole states “I feel honored to use my skills to be part of such a beneficial cause and to help raise awareness of a heinous crime. The profound quote I wrote in the background of the painting is taken from the powerful words of Martin Luther King Jr. It boldly says, “The day our lives begin to end, is the day we become silent about the things that matter most.”

To learn more about the Freedom 58 Project go to www.freedom58project.com.

Nicole Troup



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