Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities
On Exhibit: January 25, 2014, through August 17, 2014
Women are a powerful force in our global society. They are often the lynchpin in their communities, able to create major change that lifts up themselves and their neighbors. In particular, women artisans have worked together in cooperatives creating folk art that provides income for their families, preserves their cultural heritage, heals the wounds of war and domestic abuse, improves education, and protects their environments.
This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it.
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This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.
July 19-20, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Bring a friend and shop at this two-day artisan market! You'll find a world of beautiful goods for sale – jewelry, woven baskets, paintings, silk scarves, purses, and more. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet amazing artists from across the globe, and to learn the incredible stories behind the Empowering Women exhibit.
The women-run cooperatives that will be joining us are:
Organizacion Cheque Oitedie Cooperative from Bolivia
Ock Pop Tok from Lao PDR
Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco of Peru
Gahaya Links from Rwanda
La Mega Cooperativa from Ecuador
Self Help Enterprises of India
7 Sisters from Kyrgyzstan
El Principe de Montealban of Mexico
Omba Arts Trust from Namibia
Tintsaba Crafts from Swaziland
Empowering Women is generously sponsored by:
Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach Gary Welch & Rebecca Dickinson Welch
Thank you to members of the Empowering Women Host Committee:
Dr. Constance M. Carroll
Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach
Rebecca Dickinson Welch
Dr. Christy Hendrickson
Jo Dee C. Jacob
Mary Beth Oblon
Johanna S. Schiavoni