wimmin@work 2018 excerpts
Why this project? In short wimmin@work 2016 was conceived of as a way to say, “Hey sister wimmin artists, I see you out there working away, and I want the best for you as I do for myself.” I wanted to reach back to my teachers, students, mentors, ancestors, friends and family and say, “Because of you I do this thing called making art and when I speak the world speaks back. Thank you for that gift!” When I asked many wimmin friends in the area, “What are you doing for wimmin’s herstory month? Let’s make something happen.” The overwhelming response was, “Yes, let’s do something together.” Many of are working hard and to make life happen that we have become isolated, even as we work for and speak of community and social engagement. So here we are, taking a breather to enjoy what we do and to notice the work that goes on around us.
wimmin@work is an amalgamation of wimmin artists working independently in their lives and art. We come together to acknowledge one another and to say, “Thank you” to our respective communities and sources of inspiration. Many of us did not know one another before the show but your presence with us affirms that creativity is meant to share, multiply and grow. Thank you for becoming the community that receives our gratitude. Thank you for being a witness and celebrant of wimmin@work!
-Artistic Director, Andrea E. Woods Valdés
A wimmin's herstory month celebration
SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD - 3 PM
at the Hayti Heritage Center
807 Old Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701 919-683-1709
$10. Free for children under 12
Lobby Market Place opens at 2 pm
Ayanna Albertson, Miriam Rivas and Baile y Bomba Boriqua, Calabasa Calabasa: Dancing and Making the Music of Life, Asah Chinfloo, Dorothy Clark, Vania Claiborne, Collage Dance Company, Empower Adult Dance Company, Smooth Ivory ll/ Gina Revae and Carolyn Colquitt, The Repertory Dance Company at NCCU, and Linda Faye Riggins with Emcees Aya Shabu and Wokene Gawlo Adefunmilayo Shabu
Co-produced by Hayti Heritage Center and SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods