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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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Promises, Promises

A Stand Against Human Trafficking

Artist /activist Anne Dushanko Dobek will be creating a new iteration of her ongoing Promises Promises installation series at 1978 Gallery this August

The work of Anne Dushanko Dobek is always provocative and deals with contemporary issues regarding social justice or the environment. This newest piece in her continuing series “Silent Voices” is entitled “PromisesPromises: Artifacts and Evidence" and is a stand against human trafficking.

This riveting work is based upon a real incident with local roots.

In March of 2002, four young girls were found enslaved in brothels located in Plainfield and Elizabeth. The horror of their story was the motivation for the Promises Promises series that was first exhibited in the garden of the Pen and Brush Club in New York City in 2009.
Since then the artist has created variations on the theme of child sex trafficking for Chashama, the New Jersey State Museum, Seton Hall University and  Bushwick Open Doors.

Want to Help?

Show your support for Promises Promises by donating crinolines, petticoats and tutus from your wedding, bridesmaids, prom, dance or communion dresses. The artist will repurpose your donation for her next installation. Bring them to 1978 Gallery now and throughout the show, Saturdays & Sundays 2-5pm. Anne will also be accepting donations at her Studio in July.

The artist will be holding two work sessions in mid-July in her studio at Riker Hill, Livingston to complete construction work on the wire cages, and finish up some sewing.

Other volunteer opportunities include photography, filming installation, and layout of catalog or brochure

Contact Anne if you are interested in helping adobek@aol.com

Anne Dushanko Dobek

Dushanko Dobek’s work has been supported by the Puffin foundation, the Geraldine R Dodge foundation, Earthwatch, Chashama and numerous fellowships to art colonies in the US and Europe. This is the third time in the artists career that she has been awarded a New Jersey State Council for the Arts Fellowship.

Dushanko Dobek has exhibited extensively for more than 20 years, both nationally and internationally, including: the Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Switzerland, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the High Museum of Atlanta, Georgia. She holds degrees from Rowan University and the Pratt Intitute.


Opening Times

August 3rd - 31st
Opening Reception : Sunday August 10th, 2-5pm

Saturdays & Sundays 2-5pm
or by appoinment


Dan Bischoff | For The Star-Ledger

Get Involved : update

Anne has been working with students in Larry McKim's Advanced Placement Art Class at Columbia High School where the artist gave a presentation on her Promises Promises project in January.

Students have been helping to collect tutus and petticoats from wedding, bridesmaids and prom dresses which the artist repurposes to use in her installations.

In the coming months the students will be helping with the fabrication and installation of Promises Promises.