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Fresh Talk with Judy Chicago Kicks Off of Third Season of Acclaimed Women, Arts and Social Change Initiative

Aug 11 2017

2017–18 Programs and Partnerships Announced

Washington, D.C.—Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC), the celebrated initiative taking museum programing to a new level with sold-out curated conversations, communal dinners and dynamic events, returns to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for its third season, beginning in September 2017. Key speakers include artist Judy Chicago as well as the directors of Tate Modern, London; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. A champion for women in the arts, NMWA is the only United States museum presenting an ongoing platform for women to advance ideas and solutions to society’s most pressing social issues.

“When we launched Women, Arts, and Social Change in 2015, our goal was to activate our community by convening women in the arts and leaders from other sectors,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We are thrilled by the success of our outreach to new audiences through new programming. And, we will continue to build a strong and engaged community, all while inspiring women to effect change.”

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 live-streams each Fresh Talk 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 “inspiring speakers,” “sense of community” and “focus on advocacy.” A recent participant said, “Fresh Talk demonstrates that museums are locations for raising consciousness and motivating social action.” Another attendee noted, “It’s very important that museums provide this kind of platform for people, especially people who historically haven’t had a voice in these spaces, to connect and build together.”

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