So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
Shower of Stoles Project
Arrange for an Exhibit
TO REQUEST AN EXHIBIT
You'll find the Exhibit Request Form here.
WHERE CAN THE STOLES BE EXHIBITED?
The stoles can be exhibited in any indoor space you can think of! The majority of exhibits are for individual congregations or regional denominational bodies. In addition, the stoles have been exhibited at national and regional women's gatherings, educational events, workshops, ecumenical gatherings, colleges, seminaries, and GLBT Pride celebrations.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REQUESTING STOLES?
Before you contact us about requesting stoles for an exhibit, it is helpful if you know what kind of space you will be using for your exhibit, what kind of budget you have to work with, and how much preparation you will be able to put into setting up your exhibit. Exhibit suggestions on our website can help you formulate ideas. Once you have some rough ideas we can help you plan an exhibit that will fit your needs.
HOW MANY STOLES CAN WE REQUEST?
You can request any number of stoles, from a dozen up to 100 from the collection. We encourage supportive churches to request one or two dozen stoles to exhibit on the Sunday that a new pastor or officers are ordained and installed as a way to remember and pray for those who cannot be ordained.
Demand for stoles is especially high in January, June, and October, so we need to limit the size of exhibits during those times.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR GETTING THE STOLES?
In addition, we ask for a free-will donation to the Project (in any amount) for the repair and upkeep of the collection. We will pay to ship the stoles to you, and you will pay to return them to us. A box of 50 stoles costs $15-20 with FedEx Ground. (Shipments to Hawaii and outside the US cost considerably more. In these cases, you will be responsible for round-trip shipping.) Groups considering larger exhibits or special shipments need to contact the Shower of Stoles Project directly for more information.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT SECURING A DATE FOR AN EXHIBIT?
We are usually able to accommodate requests for small numbers of stoles with a month's notice. The larger the exhibit, the more lead time we will need. Demand for stoles is especially high in January, June, and October, so we need to limit the size of exhibits during those times. Groups requesting a large exhibit often book dates six months to a year in advance, so contact us early!
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN SETTING UP AN EXHIBIT?
The amount of work depends on the number of stoles you request. A small number of stoles (under 50) can be arranged by one person relatively quickly. Exhibits of up to 100 stoles can be set up by a small group in an afternoon.
HOW CAN THEY BE DISPLAYED?
The stoles can be hung from a rope, a clothesline, or wire. If using wire, make sure that it is plastic-coated, as bare wire can leave grease stains. The stoles can be draped over tables and chairs, or can be draped over clothes hangers and hung from nails in the wall.
The stoles should be hung at eye level. While hanging them from a balcony may be visually exciting, the real impact happens when people are able to read the stories attached to each stole.
Contact The Shower of Stoles Project by email at StolesProject@WelcomingResources.org or by phone at 612.821.4397. We will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in setting up an exhibit or program to fit your needs.