FORCE, the recipient of the 2016 Sondheim Prize, creates art actions to upset rape culture and foster a counterculture of consent. Our campaigns generate media attention and get millions of people talking. Nationally known for producing large-scale public art projects, we believe that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent.
FORCE’s highly visible, large-scale projects involve the efforts of many people, including survivors and their allies, from across the country. FORCE first emerged into the national sphere with a Victoria Secret “panty prank”, announcing the launch of consent themed underwear supposedly sponsored by Victoria’s Secret. Since then, FORCE has launched several large scale national programs designed to engage community members in healing and critical conversations about rape culture in the United States. Our work would not be possible without the belief and investment of thousands of survivors and allies across the country. We ground our work in the practice of relationship building - our projects are designed to build deeper connections and relationships between survivors, friends and loved ones.
FORCE is most well known for the Monument Quilt - a growing collection of twenty five hundred survivor stories stitched onto red fabric. At the heart of our work is a commitment to fostering survivor led movement building that centers art as a vehicle for healing, understanding, resistance and social change.
In 2017, Chief Operating Officer Saida Agostini was named one of 21 leaders to participate in the fourth cycle of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation. In 2015, FORCE's co-founder Hannah Brancato was named as a OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. FORCE has received funding and support through foundations that include Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Art Matters Foundations, the Krieger Fund, and Baltimore Community Foundation.