Celebraing Women in Word & Song: TRIAAC program ops fundraiser set for March 3
Artist Judy Chicago said it well: “I believe that it is crucial for women artists to situate ourselves in the context of our own gender, class and ethnic histories and struggles rather than in relationship to male histories.”
No doubt! Art is soul expression identifying the life force of the human being through whom it is transmitted. That’s why in bringing the city city of Fort Wayne a Women’s History Month celebration we’ve asked three phenomenal women to represent their gender, class and ethnic histories. On March 3rd, from 7:00 to 11:00PM, Carol Lockridge, Indiana’s Blues Woman of 2010, Sunny Taylor, Fort Wayne’s amazing folk and Americana singer-songwriter, and the insightfully soulful Erika Martinez, a West Coast poet and essayist will light up the C2G Music Hall, on Baker Street. Downtown Fort Wayne is going to rock!
Americans didn’t publicly celebrate women’s history until 1978. It began as a weekly celebration in Sonoma County California, encompassing International Women’s Day on March 8. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week, and in 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month-long recognition of women’s historical role in the the country’s development.
Women’s role in the arts also was overlooked. Even with the harsh oppression of slavery days Afrikan women managed–sometimes at their own peril–to preserve the culture of their ancestry and articulate both their struggles and hopes in their own words and images. In celebrating women’s contribution to our cultural identity, we celebrate the best in ourselves.