Typography of Women: Four Part Event In March during Women’s Month


Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible features our region’s finest actors, dancers, and musicians who will tell heartfelt and moving stories of real women who have escaped the perils of human trafficking. I Am Not Invisible takes audiences into the hidden world of trafficking victims and their quest for freedom.

It is a journey that is emotionally rich, musically inspiring and visually captivating. The performance is also an invitation to become a freedom fighter, to join in the fight against human trafficking. Human Trafficking is real, it is happening in our community, and it can happen to anyone.

Join us for an evening of great performances delivered by Lorna C. Hill, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Verneice Turner, vonetta t. rhodes, Melinda Capeles, Brandon Williamson, Samantha Cruz, Gunilla Kester, Venecia”Goodne$$” Green, Dayatra Hassan, Dewel “Dee” Perez and Sara Rogers. Vocals and music performed by composer/musician Drea d’Nur, choreography by Robin Hibbert.

Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible is created and produced by Celeste Lawson. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mona’s House Project, executive director, Kelly Diane Galloway. Typography of Women is made possible in part with support from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible is a project to support the fight against Human Trafficking. It promotes awareness about Project Mona’s House, which is a transitional residence for women who have escaped trafficking and are trying to rebuild their lives. It is the only such facility in Western New York.  However, Typography of Women is also meant to be a vehicle that shares information on the ways we, as a community, can do our part to deter human trafficking in our region.

Everyone is invited and welcome to join the fight against this crime inflicted on humanity.

Typography is a four-part event happening in March 2020.

Additional events include:

An exhibit opening Thursday, March 5th at the WNED Horizons Community Art Gallery, runs through March 27, 2020

 A second opening at CEPA Gallery, Friday March 6th that runs through April 4, 2020

 The exhibits are facilitated by the WNY Urban Arts Collective and Los Artistas del Barrio and include original works by area professional artists and trafficking and abuse survivors.

 Sunday, March 22nd, 1 pm a FREE public forum and open discussion on Human Trafficking at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

 At 1 pm there will be a viewing of “Sold Next Door” a short documentary created by the Pan-American Film Division for Project Mona’s House.

 There is also a panel of area professionals and a moderator for this event. Panel members include:

Barbara C. Carr – Animal rights/human rights activist, ret. Executive Director Erie County SPCA – Moderator

Craig C. Centrie, Ph.D. – Professor Medaille College and guest lecturer, University at Buffalo

Dr. Virginia A. Batchelor, – Historian, Professor Medaille College

Ilana Lane, Ph.D.- Researcher, Professor Medaille College

Katherine S. Lavin, JD, Erie County Assistant District Attorney

Mark P. Lazzara, BA, MA Humanities & Sociology, founder WNY AmeriCorps/WNY Collaborative (ret.), independent consultant marketing and public relations, community activist

Rhianna C. Rogers, Ph.D. – Assoc. Professor SUNY Empire State College, Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Mary Cosgrove Moran JD, Task Force Coordinator, Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

 All the events include artistic contributions from trafficking survivors. Questions and more information email: typographyofwoman@gmail.com or call 716.374.1070