March is Women’s History Month, but there is controversy over its very existence. The idea that half the human race needs to be singled out seems problematic to some. However, there are good reasons to honor women because historically speaking, women have not been treated as equals to men. Naturally, the suffrage movement continues to be a recurring theme for Women’s History Month. While it’s important to remember the trials of the past, it is also possible to make this March a celebration for women.
Atlanta History Center
130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
This is the most educational option for Women’s History Month on the list. The Atlanta History Center allows visitors access to collections of textiles, dresses and clothing. In addition, there are some actual patterns available for reproduction. There could be a stigma associated with combining textiles and women’s history. However, there is a great artistry in Mary Crovatt Hambidge’s hand-made articles of clothing. The fact is that women have not always been accepted as artists, but pioneers like Coco Chanel have used textiles to make their mark even before it was socially acceptable.
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Wash Me Pink, A Komen Color Run
1104 Redwine Cove Road S.W.
Dalton, GA 30420
Date: March 9, 2013
Wash Me Pink is a 5k race which covers participants in different colors and benefits the Susan G. Komen experience. The “color” is just cornstarch, but runners are expected to start in their own white t-shirt so the transformation at various color stations becomes visible. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is dedicated to the research and education of breast cancer. This is an event which combines celebration and fundraising. Though, if you don’t want to do any running, you can also participate as a volunteer color washer. They will need help spreading the cloud of color for runners as they go by.
Hippodrome: a triptych on urban stages
Goat Farm Arts Center
1200 Foster St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Dates: March 21-25, 2013
Hippodrome is a show at Atlanta’s Goat Farm, a converted warehouse turned into a music and art venue. This show combines the work of two prominent female artists, Gyun Hur and Lauri Stallings. Hur is a studio artist and Stallings is a choreographer and they are both collaborating with Sonic Generator and some Atlanta opera singers. Gur’s themes of traditional fabrics and flowers are both feminine and unique, while Stallings work as a dancer celebrates the female form. Their collaborative work is actually part of a larger series, as the name suggests. The triptych project of the Tanz Farm group will continue at later dates and different locations.
American Craft Council Atlanta Show
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Dates: March 15-17, 2013
This juried exhibition will highlight the country’s best clothing, jewelry, furniture and home decor. There will be literally hundreds of women displaying their work and offering it for sale. The Council’s prospectus claims that, “basketry, ceramics, clothing & accessories, decorative fiber, furniture & lighting, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone, toys & puzzles and wood” will all be available. According to the organization’s website, “The American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb.”
Alicia Keys at Philips Arena
1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
Date: March 29, 2013
Alicia Keys is performing her, “Set The World on Fire” tour to compliment her new album “Girl on Fire,” anchored by the hit single of the same name. The theme of all three is empowerment. Although time will be the test, this song is already a girl-power anthem for the ages. Keys is a very successful performer, but she is also a respected role model. She graduated as a valedictorian at the age of 16 and since then, she has been included in many lists as one of the greatest artists of all time. Attending Alicia Keys’ concert would be a fine way to wrap up Women’s History Month.
With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.