(WINDSOR, ON) – The Arts Council Windsor and Region is initiating the first ever Women in Culture Month. For the month of March, ACWR has begun the initiative to celebrate and recognize arts and culture events led or developed by women.
“It is very evident that women play an important role in culture and that many women are in leadership roles in the non-profit sector in our region,” said Julie Tucker, ACWR’s director of public programs and advocacy.
These events will be hosted on the ACWR’s website on a shared community calendar. The initiative is a response to the 2017 study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives which ranked Windsor the worst place to live for women for the second year in a row.
“I think that Windsor is a great place to live, but I want the community to understand that there are systemic barriers and conditions that have hindered gender equality. It is necessary to celebrate the achievements of women for International Women’s day and to press for change,” Tucker said.
ACWR will co-present a series of programs led and/or created by women. Get Your Show on the Road: Touring in Canada by Allison Brown, Art+Feminism: Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon, and the film Birth of a Family, directed by Tasha Hubbard are on the schedule.
ACWR encourages any organization that has a cultural event which shares original content developed by or led by women to participate in the initiative by adding the event to the calendar online, using #womeninculture, and by using the hashtag on social media.
Arts Council Windsor and Region supports International Women’s Day call to action, “to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” ACWR events are open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.