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Experience “Minnesota Nice”!

I was lucky to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week and loved it! Lots and lots of fabulous and fascinating art—and the friendliest bus drivers I’ve ever met! I was able to visit the Textile Center, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Central Library, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Oh….and I attended an excellent library conference, LOEX 2019, Thursday-Saturday! The presentations and camaraderie were SUPERB! So many librarians shared their wonderful ideas and work with students, faculty, patrons, and staff. An amazing experience all around!!

Exhibition Coming up in 2020

As the membership secretary for Women’s Caucus for Art/Michigan Chapter I am excited to be helping with a new exhibition. In 2020, the Chapter is sponsoring an art show to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. The Chapter is also looking for sponsors and partners for additional outreach and support. The exhibit will be displayed at Swords and Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery in Detroit–keep your eyes peeled here for updates!

The 19th Amendment: Women’s Voices Then and Now

In a time when women’s rights are being denigrated, women’s health is being sidelined, women’s bodies are being threatened, and women’s pay is still not equal to men’s, it’s clarifying to remember the strength of the suffrage movement that established women’s right to vote. Let us honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020 with art!  Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Years of struggle, sacrifice, and determination of suffragists pushed the 19thAmendment to ratification. Celebrate and commemorate this pivotal moment in women’s rights because the vote of women is more important now than ever.

Using visual art, acknowledge the battle for women’s rights inspired by individuals, events, or ideas.  Significant figures such as Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, and/or Aloysius Larch-Miller may spur creative expression.  Photographs of marches and events leading up to voting rights becoming realized are also important. The Amendment text, available at www.archives.gov, may provide inspiration. Depict your message through paint, print, text, metal, clay, mixed media, fiber, paper, photo, video, new media or performance.  Two-dimensional, three-dimensional and computer based works accepted. Framed works must be gallery ready to hang—no saw tooth hangers.

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery

33 East Adams Street    

Detroit Michigan 48226

(313) 963-7575

http://www.swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org/

SPONSOR:

$100.00     25-50 color postcards for exhibition

Promote sponsor’s logo on exhibition’s printed materials and Chapter blog

                        Acknowledge sponsorship at opening reception for exhibition

PARTNER:

$500.00     50-100 color postcards for exhibition

                   Partner’s logo on Chapter’s print brochure and Chapter blog for 5 years

                   Promote partner’s logo on exhibition’s printed materials

                   Acknowledge partnership at opening reception for exhibition

Weaving Paper!

I gathered at East Lansing Public Library yesterday afternoon and wove paper with great students! Cathy Blatnik from All Faith Ministry for disABILITIES (https://www.facebook.com/All-Faith-Ministry-for-disABILITIES-1542074422739471/) organized us into a fun filled class in the Maker Studio. Many thanks to East Lansing Public Library for being a stupendous host!

Free College Day on April 6th

I participated in Washtenaw Community College’s “Free College Day” that provided a vast array of interesting presentations and classes, 9:30AM-1:30PM. I offered an Introduction to Zentangle class for WCC students, staff, and community members. We had so much fun and it was a fantastic class of 33 students! They did a fine job of jumping into Zentangle!! THANKS to WCC for hosting a wonderful event!