The “Finding Our Voice” Sister Survivors exhibit is officially open at the MSU Museum and showcases artwork honoring victims of Larry Nasar’s sexual abuse.
The idea for the exhibition actually stems from over 200 teal ribbons that were tied around trees throughout campus last spring.
MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander said the museum was very moved by them, but being a natural history museum they never planned to do a sexual assault exhibit. Then something surprising happened.
“There was a crisis last July. The tree became infested with Gypsy Moths which threatened to destroy all the trees and they were hiding the caterpillars in the ribbons so the ribbons were about to be destroyed, the museum got involved– we said let’s work on a compromise, so the mothers took down all the ribbons. the untied them and then respectfully the museum staff helped save the ribbons,” Auslander said.
What was originally going to be a small exhibit became what people will now be able to see until March of 2020.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting by Gretchen Whitmer and some of the Sister Survivors marked the official opening of the exhibition.
A survivor tree planting and Beaumont bell tower concert were also held this afternoon. That tree can be found just outside of the Museum.