SEATTLE (April 3, 2014) Laura Wachs, an established performance artist and community organizer, is leading ‘The Voices of Korean Adoption’, an art project to raise money to benefit Korean adoption agencies GOAL and KoRoot, through a performance poetry showcase. The showcase will feature poets from around the world who were adopted from Korea.
The art project arose out of Wachs’ own journey to reunite with her biological parents. Wachs is awaiting confirmation from an agency helping her locate and meet them.
Meanwhile, she plans to tell the world about the uniquely intricate experience of adoptees through several means: the above-mentioned poetry showcase, a book of poems from Korean adoptees all over the world, a book of poems presenting Wachs’ own journey, and a series of poetry workshops.
“The project presented itself to me,” Wachs said. “Once I began talking about my trip to reunite with my biological parents, I was flooded with stories of adoption. To see how prevalent this narrative was made me realize I wanted to bring awareness to it.”
Wachs is running a Kickstarter campaign to support the project. The campaign has thus far raised over 30 percent of the $10,000 goal, with more than three weeks remaining.
“After running a successful benefit show for the Crisis Clinic of King County this past December to support the field of mental health, I decided I wanted to bring the same sort of healing to the adoptee experience,” Wachs added.
Visit the Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2057364396/the-voices-of-korean-adoption. For more information email [email protected]