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Fourth Season of Acclaimed Women, Arts, and Social Change Initiative Kicks Off with a MakeHER Summit

Aug 20 2018

National Museum of Women in the Arts Announces Fall/Winter 2018–19 Programs and Partnerships

Washington, D.C.—With sold-out curated conversations, communal dinners and dynamic events, Women, Arts, and Social Change (WASC), the celebrated public programming initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), returns for its fourth season in September 2018. Key events this fall include a two-day MakeHER Summit to empower and celebrate creative women entrepreneurs and a conversation with bestselling author, curator and Harvard professor Sarah Lewis.

“I am proud of the cause-driven community we’ve been building since the launch of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in 2015,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “These programs unveil the threads of connection between women artists and leaders from other cultural, social and economic sectors, highlighting the idea that solutions to current challenges are possible when we innovate and work together.”

The museum’s signature WASC program, Fresh Talk, features women from a range of disciplines whose socially conscious ideas are reshaping lives, economies and communities. Each Fresh Talk is followed by cocktails or dinner, fostering conversations and connections among participants and speakers that plant the seeds for change. With the hashtag #FreshTalk4Change, the museum encourages social media engagement before, during and after programs, and each Fresh Talk is live-streamed at In addition to Fresh Talk programs, the WASC initiative includes Cultural Capital sessions—public program partnerships with leading Washington, D.C.-based organizations.

Fresh Talk attendees have been consistently enthusiastic, citing the “extraordinary experience,” “sense of community” and “engaging and frank conversation.” A recent participant said, “Both times that I have attended a Fresh Talk event I have come away inspired, enlightened, and affirmed.” Another attendee noted, “It's exactly the kind of programming that museums need, especially those that get us out of comfort zones, challenge our perceptions, and expose us to new ways of thinking.”

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