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*This is an example worry doll created by youth at The House Of Ruth Maryland. This Arts Program project inspired the inclusion of a similar participatory art piece which was included with my exhibition, "3 Tributaries" at the Riverwest Artists' Association / Jazz Gallery, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 2011). (below, as posted during the exhibition) Please Choose a Worry Doll! Use the yarn provided to create an outfit! Give the Worry Doll to someone who might need it! _____________________________________________ Who hears their worries? Children under the age of ten from House Of Ruth Maryland, a domestic violence shelter in Baltimore, created contemporary Worry Dolls based on Guatemalan traditions. These dolls take on the burden of our worries when we are sleeping. The children were asked to make one extra doll, to give to someone they thought might need it, in a lesson dealing with the concept of “empathy”.