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The Clothesline Project


The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of stories that often go ignored. These stories are told through writing on T-Shirts which are then hung on a clothesline and displayed together. Each shirt is made by a survivor of violence, or someone who has lost a loved one to violence. The color of each shirt represents a different type of abuse.

The colors of the t-shirts are as follows: White represents someone who has died due to violence; Yellow represents a survivor of physical assault or domestic violence; Red, Pink, and Orange represent a survivor of rape or childhood sexual abuse; Blue and Green represent a survivor of incest or childhood sexual abuse; Purple represents someone who was attacked because of their sexual orientation; Brown or Gray represent a survivor of emotional, spiritual, or verbal abuse; Black represents someone disabled due to an assault or someone who was assaulted because of their disability.

The CARE Office has been participating in the Clothesline Project for several years, and is running the event once again in Spring 2023. 

Over the course of March and April, the CARE Office will be hosting workshops and events where members of the UC Merced community can join and create a shirt, which will then be presented in a visual display in multiple locations across the campus in April. 


Workshops and Events

Students, staff, and faculty at UC Merced can join us to learn more or participate in the Clothesline Project at one of the following events:

For any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact us at or reach out to us via any of our social media channels.