“I found that I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way … things I had no words for.” — Georgia O’Keeffe
It’s that time of year again! The fifth annual AAUW Art Contest is upon us. During this time of year, I look forward to coming into work every morning and immediately looking at the Art Contest gallery page to see what new entries have come in. I’m always impressed by the level of artistic talent displayed by the AAUW members who enter, and I’m amazed at the variety of styles and mediums.
It’s inevitable when looking at this artwork, the majority of which is created by female artists, that I think about the lack of women’s representation in art history and museums. In fact, only 5 percent of the art currently on display in U.S. museums is made by women artists. This statistic was actually the catalyst for the art collection that eventually became the National Museum of Women in the Arts, founded in Washington, D.C., by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Wallace Holladay. NMWA is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.”
Thanks to the strong relationship between AAUW and NMWA we are happy to say that this year, Wilhelmina Holladay and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling will select a distinction award winner from the six winners of this year’s contest! The six winning entries will be featured on a set of notecards sent to tens of thousands of AAUW members throughout the country this spring. The notecard featuring the museum’s selection will have a special recognition printed on the back. Additionally, a copy of Wilhelmina Holladay and Sterling’s selection will also be hung in the AAUW national headquarters to be admired by staff and visitors for years to come. So please show off your artistic abilities by entering the AAUW Art Contest today!
Entries will be accepted until February 4, 2013. Then, we invite all members to vote on their favorites between February 8 and March 8. For more information, to submit your artwork, and to see this year’s art gallery, please visit the AAUW Art Contest page.
I hope I see your work as I look through the new submissions every morning!
This post was written by AAUW Stewardship Associate Sarah Spencer.
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Today we release the fourth and final video in our giving season series. Each story featured a woman touched by AAUW — our mission, our programs, and our members. I had the distinct honor of interviewing the three women who shared their stories; it was one of the best projects I’ve worked on here because it was all about these women’s lives and how AAUW touches them.
In our first video, AAUW Senior Researcher Christi Corbett shared what inspires her to work for AAUW: Her mother, a woman who gets every question right on Jeopardy, never had the support she needed to achieve her full potential. Thanks to Christi’s research, we have a better understanding of what today’s moms need to be empowered, whether it’s fair pay or renewed efforts to combat stereotypes.
Our second video features AAUW member Kathy Kelm, who is also the president of the AAUW Action Fund’s Lobby Corps. After working tirelessly on Capitol Hill to stop cuts to Pell Grants and other college affordability programs, Kathy learned that a woman co-worker was leaving her job to go back to school — thanks to a Pell Grant. Moments like these remind Kathy, and indeed the entire AAUW community, that our advocacy matters to the people in our lives.
I interviewed Maureen Evans Arthurs for our third video. Full disclosure: Maureen and I are old friends.
Each time we meet, she tells me of her latest adventures, each one always more impressive than the last. Here is a mother, a wife, and a first-generation college student who is pursuing her dreams at full speed. And of course, she’s just one of the inspiring members of AAUW’s 2012–13 National Student Advisory Council. Many young women get on the fast track thanks to AAUW’s leadership programs, and Maureen is living proof of that.
The giving season series comes full circle with the last video, which features Christi once more. We made this video our final story because it’s about the people who are most important to AAUW — our members. Every day, we are amazed and inspired by the women and men who keep this work going. We cannot thank you enough, but we’re going to try with this final giving season message.
Many thanks for all you do.
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’Tis the season to be giving, and in honor of our amazing supporters, we’re highlighting stories that illustrate AAUW’s impact. An impact you made possible!
In this four-part video series, you’ll meet a daughter reflecting on the way she was raised, an advocate who sees how her voice matters to a co-worker, a young woman chasing dreams of leadership, and an AAUW donor who truly inspires us all.
These stories wouldn’t happen without you, our supporters. We want to seize this opportunity to thank you for remembering us in your end-of-year giving.
Watch our first video to learn about why Christi’s upbringing drives her passion for AAUW’s work. Then share her story through social media, or e-mail it to a friend. Stories like Christi’s remind us why we do what we do — because we all know a story like Christi’s.
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AAUW Thousand Oaks (CA) Branch member Colleen Briner-Schmidt donates to AAUW to protect her daughter’s and granddaughter’s futures. What about you?
Thanks to all of our generous donors, AAUW has had victories this year that make the future brighter for women and girls. But the fight isn’t over. Recent rulings against reproductive rights, attacks on Social Security and Medicare, and other threats to women’s security will bring tough challenges in 2012. Please help ensure that AAUW can continue to have your back, time and time again, by making a tax-deductible gift now.
Thanks for making 2011 a great year for women’s advocacy. We hope you’ll be a part of our work in 2012.
Happy holidays from AAUW!
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