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A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast


Young artists were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects. Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast is a project that is unearthing remarkable stories of women who have shaped their communities. Many extraordinary women have been profiled as part of the project. Original works of art were solicited that highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through these profiles. Projects that focus on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honor the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlight women who were civically engaged were especially encouraged.

Art chosen to be a part of the Ignite showcase will be exhibited or performed at a showcase at the Whaling Museum on March 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m. All pieces included in the showcase will be eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality. Award winners will be announced after the showcase.
Call for Artists: IGNITE Flyer (downloadable pdf)

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How to Participate

If you are between the ages of 12 and 22 and would like to participate, follow these steps:

  1. Visit historicwomensouthcoast.org and read through the published profiles.

  2. Choose one profile to be your inspiration.

  3. Attend a workshop on January 29 at the Whaling Museum and receive guidance on the history of the project and the significance of the women profiled. (OPTIONAL)

  4. Attend a workshop on February 17 at the Whaling Museum on different types of artwork and how

    to interpret concepts through art. (OPTIONAL)

  5. Create an original piece of art and submit your entry here by February 26, 2020.

  6. If your piece is selected to be exhibited/performed at the Ignite showcase, you’ll be notified by March 2, 2020.

  7. Bring your submission to the Whaling Museum on March 12 for the showcase.


Submissions must include the following:

  • Completed submission form
  • Artist Statement (2 or 3 paragraphs describing yourself, your approach to the project, and how your artwork connects to the profile selected)

Your artwork:

  • If it is the written word, submit the piece in a word or pdf file.
  • If it is a video, upload the video to the internet and share the URL.
  • If it is a drawing, painting, collage, textile, photography-based piece, sculpture, or other multi-dimensional piece, submit 2-3 photos of the artwork.

Important Dates

January 29: (Optional) Free workshop to learn about the history of Lighting the Way and the women profiled in the project. Registration required to the email listed below

February 17: (Optional) Free workshop to learn how to interpret themes into different forms of art. Registration required to the email listed below

February 26: Submission deadline for all entries

March 2: Artists selected to be included on the showcase are notified

March 12: Ignite showcase takes place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum


Cathy Saunders, Lighting the Way Coordinator


Frequently Asked Questions

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region and is unearthing remarkable stories of women who have shaped their SouthCoast communities.

Yes. You will receive it back. The Whaling Museum and YMCA will not assume ownership of your piece.

If you choose, you will be given credit for your piece. However, if you choose to be anonymous, you can do that as well.


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