Women, Arts, and Social Change

  • The Great Hall filled with three long tables packed with people sharing a meal and talking after an event.
    Fresh Talk attendees sharing a meal together; Photo by Kevin Allen
  • Writer Elizabeth Acevedo grins while talking at a Fresh Talk event; her name is projected behind her.
    Writer Elizabeth Acevedo speaking at a Fresh Talk event; Photo by Kevin Allen
  • Adornment artists performing in the middle of a crowd in the Great Hall.
    Adornment artists performing in the Great Hall; Photo by Kea Taylor

Join us for FRESH TALK on gender, equity, the environment, identity, education, health, social and economic opportunity, and more.

Women, Arts, and Social Change is a public program initiative highlighting the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change that launched in October 2015. FRESH TALK, the signature program of the initiative, expands the dialogue on what it means to be champions of women through the arts. Programs feature curated conversations with leading innovators and thought leaders from a range of disciplines discussing cause-driven topics that are relevant to diverse audiences today.

Add your voice to the conversation: each program concludes with a Sunday Supper served family-style, or Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist.

Cultural Capital program partnerships with leading D.C.-area organizations connect the museum with new audiences for programs with a cause-driven focus. 

2019 Fall Women, Arts, and Social Change Schedule:

AUG 30 2019

Cultural Capital: Step Afrika!

SEP 08 2019

Cultural Capital: Girlhood Interrupted

SEP 22 2019

Fresh Talk: Judy Chicago—New Views

OCT 16 2019

Cultural Capital: Contact High

OCT 23 2019

Cultural Capital: The Big Quiet

OCT 27 2019

Fresh Talk: MakeHER—Rooms of Her Own

OCT 28 2019

2nd Annual MakeHER Summit Workshops

NOV 06 2019

Cultural Capital: Mujeres de Cine—Journey to a Mother’s Room

NOV 17 2019

Fresh Talk: Art, Power, and the Vote—100 Years After Suffrage

NOV 25 2019

Cultural Capital: 19 the Musical 

NOV 26 2019

Cultural Capital: 19 the Musical

NOV 27 2019

Cultural Capital: 19 the Musical


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The Women, Arts, and Social Change public programs initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Dauray/Davis Family Fund, and the Susan and Jim Swartz Public Programs Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and Stephanie Sale.














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