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NMWA Kicks Off Second Season of Acclaimed Women, Arts, and Social Change Initiative

Sep 08 2016

2016–17 Programs and Partnerships Announced

Washington, D.C.—Women, Arts, and Social Change (WASC), the groundbreaking initiative elevating museum programming to a new standard and inspiring a model for other institutions, will return to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for its second season beginning in fall 2016. Key speakers include Ann Hamilton, Liz Ogbu, Emily Pilloton, Emma Sulkowicz, and Swoon. This valuable public forum focuses on women and the arts as catalysts for change. A champion for women in the arts, NMWA is the only U.S. museum presenting an ongoing platform for women to advance ideas and solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

“The first year of Women, Arts, and Social Change exceeded expectations. Based on all the positive feedback, it is becoming a model in the museum world for empowering women, sparking community involvement and engaging new audiences,” said Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We know that our second year will continue to inspire participants through real engagements with outstanding leaders in the arts and a diverse array of other fields.”

The museum’s signature WASC program, FRESH TALK, features curated conversations by women from a range of disciplines—people whose socially conscious ideas are reshaping lives, economies, and communities. Each FRESH TALK is followed by cocktails or dinner, fostering continuing conversations and connections that are catalysts for change. With the hashtag #FreshTalk4Change, the museum encourages social media dialogue before, during, and after programs, and live-streams many FRESH TALKs. In addition to FRESH TALK programs, the WASC initiative includes Cultural Capital sessions—public program partnerships with leading Washington, D.C.-based organizations.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts