Call for online community participation in public art project
Whaling Museum lets public decide which historic women to be celebrated in outdoor art
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is inviting the community to join a public art initiative, Lighting the Way for ALL, marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution recognizing women’s right to vote. The public will decide which of the 10 featured women from the Museum’s project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast will be represented in large outdoor artwork at the end of the summer. Local middle and high school students have narrated the stories of different women from the project in videos that will be released online. The community is invited to vote on which women should be celebrated through the public art, which will be unveiled in August. The voting period is open for the entire month of May at www.historicwomensouthcoast.org.
The women in Lighting the Way for ALL have unique and remarkable histories, and played a variety of roles in their communities: educators, artists, political activists, crusaders for social justice, and politicians. The videos feature the stories of Emma Louise Piper (1845-1915), Elizabeth Terry Delano (1845-1933), Marie Equi (1872-1952), Cecil Davis (1877-1955), Nora Ouimette Duprey (1909-1987), Jennie Horne (1920-1998), Mary Vermette (1934-2003), Geraldine Gomes (1938-2011), Rosalyn Poll Brooker (1928-2016), and Marial M. Harper (1934-2016).
Launched in 2018, Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast unearths hidden histories of remarkable women from the Southcoast of Massachusetts who have made an extraordinary impact on their community and beyond. Visit www.historicwomensouthcoast.org to learn more.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum
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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The Museum is currently closed due to the Covid-19 emergency. Regular Museum hours are: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.
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