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NMWA Launches Innovative New Public Programs Initiative Women, Arts, and Social Change

Sep 04 2015

Discussion platform highlights the power of women as advocates for advancing ideas and solutions to society’s most pressing issues

Washington, D.C.—This fall, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will launch Women, Arts, and Social Change, a bold programmatic initiative focusing on women and the arts as catalysts for change. Innovative public programs starting Oct. 18 will offer a platform for speakers and attendees to advance ideas and solutions to society’s most pressing issues—especially those affecting women and girls—and inspire action in the arts and beyond.

Women, Arts, and Social Change highlights distinctive voices and offers opportunities for audiences to engage with program content in new ways. The initiative’s signature program series, Fresh Talk, will convene prominent women in the arts with individuals outside their fields for creative conversations on art, gender, equity, the environment, identity, education, health, social and economic opportunity, and more. Fresh Talk champions women through the arts, a core value at the heart of the museum’s mission, and progressively advocates for social change.

Among the participants planned for the inaugural 2015–16 fall/winter season are: artists/designers Ghada Amer, Micol Hebron, Natalie Jeremijenko, Simone Leigh, Gabriel Maher, Guerrilla Girl Alma Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems; ARTnews Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas; Hyperallergic Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer; International New York Times Design Critic Alice Rawsthorn; author and curator Maura Reilly; Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Senior Specialist for contemporary art Gabriela Palmieri; and Galerie Lelong, NY, Vice President/Partner Mary Sabbatino.

“Our goal is to take the three core principles on which the museum was founded—arts, women and social action—and create programs that could begin to make a difference. We also are capitalizing on our location in Washington, D.C., home to so many think tanks, NGOs and policy-making institutions,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “This museum is the ideal place to present this steady drumbeat of socially relevant programming that explicitly champions women and the arts as catalysts of change.”

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