“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” ~ Coretta Scott King
Greetings to you this day! I am writing with an invitation that is very dear to my heart, and dear to the thousands of women artists we will represent this year. Do you want to be a part of something courageous? I do I do I do!
So many art movements over the past few hundred years have been defined by a small handful of people in a set place with specific ideas of how images and ideas fit together. More specifically, a small handful of men. Even more specifically, a small handful of white men. Enough already. Museums are actively changing that paradigm as we speak. It is about time.
I don’t know about you all, but I am just about as ready for a change as I have ever been. When you work on something all of your life, social justice, women’s voices and the right to be self-expressed you get to this crossroads on the path. This crossroads presents you an opportunity to take the next bigger leap, or stay where you are. Our community is ready for that bigger leap and you are invited to jump in with us. I pray for the bravery to persevere in our vision.
As an artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist for over twenty years I have worked to raise up women’s voices and images. I know full well when those in the power-over structures define the images of the women and their families, they don’t have our best interests in mind. Who controls the images, often dominates the culture. So let us do our part to change the dominant paradigm to one where women’s voices, images, stories and lives are treated as equal. And until then, we will center our focus on women’s art.
We aren’t asking you to join us to support us in the arts, rather we are asking you to join us to support yourself in the arts, and all the women artists around the world that we are reaching with our work. On average we communicate with over 30,000 women across the globe – we inspire, provoke, invite, showcase and elevate your work.
I can’t say for certain if we really are the largest art movement in the world, but one thing is for sure, reaching more and more women really matters to us. We have an enduring legacy that started in the 1930s and our reach is staggering even to us. While we have had physical spaces to show our art since 2000, our virtual museum opened in May and has had thousands of visitors to our shows so far. We have over 400 members and growing daily, we have over 1000 people in our private app, we have over 9,500 in our FB art group, and we are growing in strength with each member who comes. We are really, really excited!
One of the things which just lights up my heart is that we have a Black, Indigenous and Women of Color Circle for our members and students to gather and support one another. We will be having a show for Kine’ Aw from Africa this Spring, and then in the Winter, a show featuring just BIWOC. Exciting days ahead for us!
Our multi-cultural intergenerational community is here to welcome you – to join us, and dive into your own creative practice. This Saturday, our entire Musea Membership community is invited to join us for a two-hour class on your Creative Path. This is the perfect time to join us!
From my heart, I can’t think of anything that lights me up more than offering you this museum membership.
This is a dream come true. I used to go to the museum with my teacher, Sue Hoya Sellars, it was a very BIG deal being a member. As soon as we can see each other again, our community will be gathering in museums throughout the world – let’s get connected now so that when that time comes we are already a part of a movement moving colorfully across the globe.