More Than Muses
Women and Creativity 2010
By Christie Chisholm
One of the books I remember best from my childhood is a picture book about women’s suffrage. Although it may not have a place in the kids’ book hall of fame alongside such heavyweights as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are and The Berenstain Bears, I think it probably had more influence over me than that literary triumvirate. As my mother read it to me, she would pause to talk about how relatively recent women’s liberation was; how she had been the only woman in her math and science classes in college; how her generation had fought for equal rights, equal pay and equal respect, all of which are still not always granted. It made me appreciate what my mother’s and my grandmother’s generations endured, and it taught me that I should never settle for less than what I deserved.
March is Women’s History Month, which exists to not only remind us about the battles women have waged against shortsightedness and prejudice, but also to celebrate women’s accomplishments throughout history. In recognition, the National Hispanic Cultural Center presents its fifth annual Women and Creativity initiative, a monthlong series of more than 60 classes, workshops, performances, exhibitions, lectures and other activities that rejoice in women’s contributions.
“The intention was to shine a light on women’s creativity,” says Shelle Sánchez, director of education at NHCC and co-coordinator of the initiative. “To bring together the creative resources and women in our community in order to demonstrate the amazing number of local creative resources that exist daily for us.” Sánchez adds that although Women and Creativity is about the ladies, NHCC tries to “have events that engage everyone—women and girls of all ages, but also men who love the art and who love women.”
To find a full list of events (including adult ballet and hip-hop classes, writing seminars, and jazz concerts) and information on how to register or purchase tickets, visit nhccnm.org. Here’s a small sampling of just some of the events to get excited about.
Women of Distinction Series:
Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.
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The Women on The Mother Road at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Re-examine iconic Route 66 from a female, New Mexican perspective.
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