International Women’s Day Festival 2022

There are two nude torsos side by side. On the left, the torso has a lighter patch of skin that outlines Africa and reads 'Bright Dark Continent.' On the right, the torso has a darker patch of skin that outlines Germany and in light letters reads 'Burn Out Country.'

Join the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 for a day-long virtual festival to celebrate International Women’s Day.  With thanks to J. Crew for sponsoring this event.

Throughout the day, museum staff, artists, and makers will host online classes and programs highlighting and honoring women in the arts. All times are listed in EST.

Festival Events

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
Photo credit: Cameron Robinson

Welcome to International Women’s Day

Join Susan Fisher Sterling, NMWA’s Alice West Director, to kick off the museum’s virtual International Women’s Day celebration! Get an insider’s look at our ongoing building renovation project as well as plans for the years ahead. Hear from Carolyn Higgins, senior membership manager, about the day’s exciting programming. 

A medium-skinned woman with brown hair that is parted in the middle and pulled back, stands in an artist studio wearing a short-sleeved purple blouse and olive green overalls covered in paint. Behind her is an unfinished painting of three figures outlined in black with highlights of purple, blue and green.
Cassi Namoda; Image Courtesy of Goodman Gallery

NMWA xChange: The Life and Times of Cassi Namoda

On this episode of NMWA xChange, the museum’s monthly talk show, Adrienne L. Gayoso, senior educator, and Ashley Harris, associate educator, welcome painter and performance artist Cassi Namoda. Born in Mozambique, Namoda explores the intricacies of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity. Capturing scenes of everyday life, from mundane moments to life-changing events, Namoda paints a vibrant and nuanced portrait of post-colonial Mozambique within an increasingly globalized world.

Namoda was named one of Elephant magazine’s “Rising Art Stars of 2020” and was commissioned to paint a cover for the January 2020 issue of Vogue Italia. Her work is held in the collections of the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Studio Museum, Harlem; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She works in Los Angeles and New York. 

A photograph of a light skinned woman with red hair wearing a white dress. The figure has her head bent down with her hair in her face and her hands holding either side of her head. There are semi-translucent white and teal brush strokes over part of the image.
Tabitha Soren, Emotional Wreck (from the series “Some Blows Are Heavy”), 2021; Archival Ink-Jet print, resin, ink, acrylic, gesso, birch wood panel, 30 x 40 in.; Courtesy of the artist; © Tabitha Soren

In Conversation: Rehab Eldalil and Tabitha Soren 

NMWA Assistant Curator Orin Zahra speaks with photographers Rehab Eldalil and Tabitha Soren,  whose creative practices blur the lines between photojournalism and fine art. The conversation will explore the ways in which the two artists turn an acute eye toward society to reveal complexities of the human condition and psyche. Through their visual storytelling, which often includes the layering of other mediums with photography, they examine personal and collective loss, issues of social justice and ways to connect across divides.

Eldalil is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Cairo. Her work focuses on the broad theme of identity explored through participatory creative practices. She was awarded a 2020 Arab Documentary Photography Program grant by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and Magnum Foundation, a 2020 Emergency Grant for Journalists by the National Geographic Society  and a 2021 Creative Activism Award.

A visual artist for more than 25 years, Soren unpacks the intersection of psychology, politics and the body. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at museums including the Mills College Art Museum, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Berkeley Art Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Soren’s books include Surface Tension (RVB Books, Paris, 2021), nominated for the Prix Nadar; Fantasy Life (Aperture, 2017); and Trace (Yoffy, 2018). Soren’s work is held in private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums and the Getty Museum.

A dark-skinned woman with red hair pulled into a bun on top of her head stands against a white background with her arms on her hips. She has vibrant green eyeliner and bright pink lipstick. She is wearing a colorful bustier with pink and white fabric flowers attached to it and red skirt. She looks at the viewer with a confident expression. The text on the image reads, "Afi Soul" at the top and "R&B Soul Music Artists" along the bottom. There is a small black and white "Afi" logo in the bottom right corner.
Image Courtesy of Afi Soul

The Tea: SPIKED with Afi Soul

In this special presentation of The Tea, Afi Soul will perform original work via livestream and Chocolate City’s Best bartenders Kapri Johnson and Denaya Jones will demonstrate a signature, tea-themed cocktail to accompany the performance. Over this special cup of spiked tea, Afi Soul will also discuss her creative process with Melani N. Douglass, director of public programs. Livestreaming on NMWA’s Facebook page and at

Afi Soul is a critically acclaimed R&B/soul singer whose 2007 self-distributed album Lovely landed on the Soultracks Top 10 Albums list, putting her in a class with Erykah Badu, Angela Johnson, Algebra and Raheem DeVaughn. The music video stayed in rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul for months and was also featured on Her latest album, Rising, was released in 2014 and is independently distributed in stores and online.

Kapri Robinson is Washington, D.C.’s 2017 Cocktail Queen and has been a part of the beverage community in the city for almost a decade. While spending her time as a bartender, educator and event organizer, she is also the president and founder of Chocolate City’s Best. In 2020, Robinson organized Back to Black, an organization bringing together Black food and beverage creators to rally continued support of Black activism. Robinson is also the co-founder of Empowering The Diner, a Black women-led food and beverage experience. In 2021, Robinson was chosen as one of Eater’s New Guard.

Over the course of D.C. native Denaya Jones’s 10-year career, an administrative position with the Black-owned catering and event company Charlene’s Kitchen evolved into a true passion for hospitality, cocktails and spirits. She established Deestilled, a mobile, boutique-style company specializing in bespoke bar and spirits experiences. Jones is also director of operations for craft spirits retailer Seelbach’s, content curator for Chocolate City’s Best and a member of Fred Minnick’s American Spirits Counsel of Tasters. Jones has competed in and won multiple cocktail competitions, including Chocolate City’s Best (2018) and the Grey Goose Express Your Cocktail Challenge.

Featured Cocktail: Chai Toddy
  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 0.5 oz mulled spice syrup
    • 1:1 simple syrup steeped with cinnamon, clove, and allspice
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 2-3 oz brewed Chai tea (hot)
  • lemon slice and cinnamon stick for garnish
Featured Cocktail: Green Thumb
  • 1.5 oz green tea
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz green apple syrup
  • 3 dashes Eucalyptus bitters
  • 2 oz of Barr Hill gin
  • green apple rose for garnish
Mocktail Recipe: Kuumba
  • 2 oz chilled Earl Grey tea
  • 5 oz honey dill syrup
  • 2 oz Spiritless Kentucky 74 Non-Alcoholic Bourbon
  • lemon wheel and dill for garnish
  • ice
Equipment Needed
  • collins glass
  • shaker
  • cocktail strainer
  • spoon
  • mug

Event Sponsor

International Women’s Day Festival sponsored by J.Crew.

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