I am especially grateful to the Institute for the Humanities for the New Model Book Award. I am also most grateful for the matching funds provided by Stamps School of Art & Design. All of this enabled me to complete my book for publication, present a book launch event in New York City, and begin distribution for my book, For Dear Life: Women’s Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus (UM Press 2019).
Funds from the Institute for the Humanities were awarded for graduate and/or undergraduate student temporary assistance. My student, Rachel Germaine, was my assistant throughout the course of the award period. She worked on scanning images, editing and capturing film clips and other imagery and materials for the final completion of For Dear Life, and for distribution of the book. For Dear Life was published in spring 2019, just in time for the book to be on exhibit in my gallery throughout my solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, 529 W. 20th, New York, NY, which was co-sponsored by Amnesty International. I financed a trip to New York for Rachel and another former student to assist me with the installation of my exhibit, and they also assisted with preparations for the book event which was well attended near the closing date. Following the closing, Rachel continued to assist me with research, mailings, postcards, press packets and distribution.
Matching funds from Stamps School of Art & Design were awarded and provided additional support. This enabled me to travel for my book event during the solo exhibition, “Life on Trial”. Stamps support also provided for supplies and materials, printing and related costs for the book event.