The Transcendence Project: The Transcendence Project


In April, 2010, Black Rabbit Magic presented The Transcendence Project, an alternative space exposition in Downtown, Spokane. The event paired artists and teams of artists with local non-profits to create non-commercial art installations in vacant commercial properties.

Boys Who Like Butterflies partnered with Lutheran Community Services, Odyssey Youth Center, and Partners with Families and Children to create their “Transcendence Project.” The Transcendence Project displayed Room to Recall a Sadness, a text piece in which viewers were invited to leave behind their own sorrowful memories inside a narrow square box. Above the exhibit,  a ‘clothes-line project’ displayed white children’s underwear. This was meant as an etherial reminder of a time of innocence when there was no dirty laundry to air. The materials were later donated to Partners with Families and Children, an organization that provides forensic services for child victims of abuse and trauma. Youth from Odyssey Youth Center, a drop-in center for LGBTQA youth, created textual self-portraits about their own experiences transcending gendered violence.  The exhibit was up for about a month and  saw roughly 800 visitors.