A new exhibit honoring survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse is set to open at the Michigan State University Museum.
The project is a team effort between the survivors and the museum, and the women say putting it together has helped in the healing process. It opens at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a reception following at 6 p.m.
“I think this process has been therapeutic for us to help kind of guide our healing process,” Amanda Smith, who co-curated the project, said.
Survivors also hope it helps empower others to share their stories.
Along the wall first entering the exhibit are 505 teal tiles, each representing one of the known survivors.
“Tvery first room is kind of, everything that happened. the abuse, when it happened,” Smith said. “And when you get to this (the second) room, it’s kind of a metamorpahsis of how we’re transforming as humans and getting our voices back and our strength back.”
A process, for some, that’s still ongoing.
“There’s a crouching person. It shows that, even though we have great days, this abuse did happen to us, and there are still bad days. and it’s ok to not be ok,” Smith said.
Upstairs, there’s a painting by Jordyn Fishman, called “Together We Roar Pt. 2,” which illustrates the entire process.
Fishman says it’s something that’s helped expres her feelings.
“I began making this painting without knowledge of this exhibition,” Fishman said. “So it was really for myself. And of course, the army of survivors were in my mind, and I wanted it to be for all of us.”
Fishman hopes the project helps her fellow survivors feel empowered.
“I hope that if there are people out there who have their own stories of abuse, that they can look at this work and feel comforted and understood,” she said.