SHOES Project is a mobile shoes exhibit that is displayed at schools, youth organizations and community events. The shoes have been gifted (donated), as apart of our exhibit, by individuals who have ‘shoe stories’ & messages to share. Their stories are intended to inspire, bridge differences, raise spirits, change attitudes, induce thought, prompt action, initiate conversation, evoke empathy, and/or bring a smile.
Our goal is to have us learn more about one another, without judgement or voicing opinions; to remove divisiveness by finding a common thread (similarities).
Up to 30 pairs of shoes from our exhibit catalog are selected by school and youth organizations administrators to be displayed. Note: It's recommended that the shoes be selected based on subject (person) & age appropriate topic. The display is structured in a museum-like layout with shoes, stories (including newspaper articles, if applicable) and photos of the person that the shoes belong to. We allow students to walk through the exhibit, we then have a discussion about each pair of shoes and what their message is. Students are encouraged to ask questions.
SHOES Project completes the presentation with an activity to ensure that the outcome (the benefits of living in a world of diversity and accepting others as they are; understanding that you can overcome adversity and/or how to be responsible with social media interaction) we are targeting is successful.
We are positioned to reach approximately 10,000 youth in the 2020-2021 academic year..