South Arkansas Arts Center: Do not exclude my nursing photo from Small Works on Paper 2013
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South Arkansas Arts Center: Do not exclude my nursing photo from Small Works on Paper 2013

    1. Rachel Muller
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      Rachel Muller

      North Little Rock

December 2012


The petition is still open. From Petition Organizer Rachel Muller: I received an e-mail this morning letting me know that my piece will be included in the showing.

            In Arkansas, about 75% of infants are ever breastfed and only about 13% are being exclusively breastfed at 6 months post-partum (the length recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization that babies be exclusively breastfed). Some of the risks associated with not breastfeeding include increased risk of ear infection, gastrointestinal infection, sudden infant death syndrome and lower respiratory tract disease in infants as well as increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers in mothers (Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011).
            In the Surgeon General's "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding", 2011, embarrassment is cited as one of the seven key barriers to breastfeeding, "The popular culture's sexualization of breasts compels some women to conceal breastfeeding. Improving support for women to breastfeed can help them better accommodate the demands of everyday life while protecting their infants' health." 
            I have worked for over two years to get a piece selected to tour with Small Works on Paper (a year-long art exhibition that travels to about ten different galleries across Arkansas). This year, one of my nursing photos was selected by the juror to be included in the exhibition, but the first venue, the South Arkansas Arts Center, has chosen to exclude my piece from the opening show based on the fact that as a breastfeeding photo they do not think it will be received well.  
            By choosing to exclude my piece, the South Arkansas Arts Center is sending the message that breastfeeding should be kept private, when in fact it is every mother's and nursling's right to breastfeed in any place (public or private) in Arkansas. 
            If they were to include my photo, it would send the message that there is no need for mothers to feel embarrassed or to feel the need to conceal breastfeeding.  This would be a positive step toward improving breastfeeding rates along with the health of infants and mothers across Arkansas.

Jack Wilson, South Arkansas Arts Center
Thank you for including Rachel Muller's nursing photo in the Small Works on Paper 2013 opening and month-long exhibition at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reopening petition to allow for continued support

      Rachel Muller
      Petition Organizer

      The South Arkansas Arts Center has agreed to show my piece. Upon hearing this I initially closed my petition, but I am opening it back up so that all of my supporters will have an opportunity to sign and comment.

    2. Reached 50 Signatures!

      Rachel Muller
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 50 signatures! Thanks everybody!

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Donna Busan EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      When my son 10 1/2 month old son had eye surgery, his doctor credited my still breastfeeding him as a major reason he did so well.

    • laurie adams BUCKHEAD, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Breastfeeding is the most natural and organic gift a mother can give her child. It is as natural as childbirth and links all women throughout the world who share in this gift of nourishment.

    • Brenda Smith CONWAY, AR
      • almost 2 years ago

      "We cannot withhold facts for fear of offending because the importance of the information outweighs people's right to not be challenged in their beliefs." - Maddy Reid

    • David Giove BOURBONNAIS, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      My wife has breastfed our 5 children and I see it as something beautiful and vital to be seen as normal on a daily basis.

    • Greg Lahti LITTLE ROCK, AR
      • almost 2 years ago

      I spent all day watching blood splattered children being lead from the scene of America's latest massacre on every channel available. An image as tender and sweet as this seems more appropriate now more than ever.


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