The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts are showcasing new artworks by 25 young local artists, exploring the impact of women in the region. Art will ignite history on March 12 when IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast gets underway at the Whaling Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit whalingmuseum.org. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
IGNITE will feature a selection of original works in a variety of mediums, which the Whaling Museum and YWCA solicited from young artists between the ages of 12 and 22 years. Many of these works of art will highlight the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. Some honor the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement and highlight civically engaged women featured in the Whaling Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.
Launched in 2018, Lighting the Way unearths the remarkable stories of women who have shaped their SouthCoast communities. Many extraordinary women have been profiled as part of the project. The IGNITE showcase will highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through these profiles.
IGNITE is supported in part by Mass Humanities through a grant that was made possible by Mass Cultural Council. The showcase falls under the Mass Humanities initiative called “The Vote: A Statewide Conversation on Voting Rights,” which includes events and organizations around the state.
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