Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania… From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise income, and transform lives. On view at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, October 6, 2012–May 12, 2013, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities explores the work of these cooperative enterprises in ten countries through video, stunning large-scale photographs, and handmade traditional arts. Though the featured cooperatives are continents apart and driven by different motivations—preservation of a dying heritage, environmental sustenance, a safe haven from violence—the women involved in each project work collaboratively to produce, manage, and market their products, and decide how to distribute or invest revenues to support their families and communities. The cooperatives featured are from Rwanda, Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa, Morocco, India, Nepal, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Bolivia, and Peru.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Craft-making demonstration by Center for Traditional Weaving
See how some of the works in the exhibition are created. Meet the inspiring women from the Empowering Women exhibition, along with female artisans from local cooperatives. Find out how the cooperatives have impacted daily life as the women demonstrate their craft.
The Guerrilla Girls: What are museums for?
March 20, 2013
The Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous group of feminists fighting sexism in the art world, stage a multimedia performance in full jungle regalia. The artists illustrate their history of creating posters, books, and actions to expose discrimination in areas including art, film, and politics. Carnegie Museum of Art Director Lynn Zelevansky engages in a dynamic exchange of ideas with The Guerrilla Girls about the evolving role of women in the art world.
Empowering Pittsburgh: Engendering Development Colloquium and Community & Cooperative Fair
April 13, 2013
Join us on this special day to meet hear thought-provoking discussions around issues facing women world-wide. Then, meet the movers and shakers advocating for change in areas of sustainability, fair trade, and social justice in Pittsburgh. Participate in hands-on activities located throughout the museum and visit the exhibition Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities.
Engendering Development Colloquium
Presented by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and inspired by the exhibition Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, this half-day colloquium is a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue around international women’s issues with local scholars, organizations and entrepreneurs.
Community & Cooperative Fair
Local organizations are stationed throughout the museum, leading hands-on activities, offering performances, and speaking with museum visitors on a range of topics, from fair trade practices to public health to gender equality.
Compare and contrast craft materials, techniques, and social significance across diverse ancient and contemporary cultures. Discuss themes such as changing social status of women and family roles as you explore Empowering Women and related permanent exhibition halls. See the Book your Group Visit page for contact and registration information.
Explore Empowering Women and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians and try your own hand at making a coil basket to take home. Through hands-on experimentation with craft techniques, delve into the science and culture of craft-making. Share your thoughts and hear the perspectives of others around themes such as changing social status of women, labor issues, and family roles. Visit the Classes page for registration information.
Programming is as of September 2012 and subject to change. A full schedule of programs and events is available on the website at www.carnegiemnh.org/exhibitions/empowering.html.
Center for World Cultures
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through four new Centers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.
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