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 bring awareness, initiate thought, change attitudes, understand points of view, provide hope, open minds, start a dialogue, promote a cause, allow expression and/or evoke empathy.
Our mission is to encourage tolerance, unity and acceptance, by finding a common thread among each of us and to remove divisiveness.
Schools & youth organizations, select 12-20 pairs of shoes based on their shoe stories & age appropriate topics. 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.
Our goal is to reach a minimum 20,000 youth in the 2020-2021 academic year.