By Cori Garland I spent yesterday afternoon at the Rhode Island State House dressed as a handmaid from Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. For the uninitiated, Atwood's handmaidens are forced to endure pregnancy that is the product of rape because the theocracy governing the former United States has decided that all fertile women must procreate and must … [Read more...] about Being a Handmaid at the Rhode Island State House
At the The Womxn Project (TWP) we understand this: Art is powerful. Art is uniquely human, communicating human experience, thoughts and ideas.Throughout the history of art, artists have entered into the realm of activism by creating artwork that addresses political, cultural and social issues relevant to their time and place.
Lewis Hine’s photographs were the catalyst for ending child labor practices in the United States, the AIDS quilt brought attention to the AIDS epidemic helping to move the conversation about AIDS from the margins to the mainstream, street graffiti helped to spur on the Arab spring, The Guerilla Girls bring attention to sexism in the artworld. Art has been and continues to be a powerful means for communicating political and social dissent to people from diverse backgrounds and making real change happen.
TWP employs the deliberate partnering of art and activism to bring about political or social change. We call it artivism: art + activism. Our goal is to use artvism to create a society where no human being is denied their fundamental reproductive rights.
Below is our growing history of art actions and events with images and descriptions.
Hey, Womxn Project friends. You may have seen that earlier today the Georgia governor signed House Bill 481, a bill banning aboriton as early as 6 weeks – a time when most people do not even know that they are pregnant. Several states are moving bills that are basically outright bans. That is why we are standing in solidarity. All this week we are encouraging folks to help … [Read more...] about Solidarity with the South & actions for access in Rhode Island!
Download this image to print and color at home. Then bring it to a rally to speak out with the pride of being a strong Rhode Islander! … [Read more...] about RHCA Coloring Paper
Hey, Womxn Project friends. We know that a majority of legislators and a majority of voters want to see the Reproductive Health Care Act passed THIS YEAR! We are doing all we can to make that happen. We need your help. We need the Senate leadership to LEAD – to get this bill out of the Judiciary Committee, to the floor and to the governor’s desk without amendments. … [Read more...] about Senate Leaders need to LEAD to protect our health and rights!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our big FUN'draiser on Sunday. We had an exciting weekend full of organizing and community building across the state from Portsmouth to Coventry to Providence and Warwick. You can check out pictures on our Facebook and Twitter. We have another fun and fabulous opportunity THIS WEEK! On Thursday, April 4th from 3:00-7:30pm, we will be in … [Read more...] about Making Art, Making Change
Most of you have seen photo petitions before - people holding up signs in pictures to raise awareness and show support for a campaign. They are easy to do, but can make a powerful statement. We are reaching out today to ask you to stand with us to show support for the Reproductive Health Care Act! Be part of the movement to protect the right to abortion in Rhode Island! … [Read more...] about #Repro4RI – show your support (and your smile)!
A collaborator in TWP has created these beautiful drawings as a means to express and create dialogue around these confusing conversations that are present in the current political dialogue. Here are the .pdf files to download: Coloring Page English Coloring Page Spanish Role Model Drawing Spanish Role Model Drawing English I Statement Spanish I Statement English … [Read more...] about Coloring with Conscious
Dear Diary, Last night I stopped by Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School building in Providence to attend to the Our Voice/ Our Choice art installation. A few of the photos had fallen from the display due to the extreme humidity, so I was there to repair the fixtures. The process took me almost two hours, and, while I worked, medical students walked throughout the … [Read more...] about The Woman Project in group exhibition at Brown University Medical School
Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island will be making phone calls and knocking on doors in support of the candidates endorsed by our PAC. The primary election is a few weeks away, and with your help we can help to [re]elect some phenomenal progressive candidates who believe in a woman’s right to choose, fair pay, access to contraception and more. We can win by making phone … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood Votes! RI Action Alert: Phone Banks & Canvassing
In less than 36 hours, The Woman Project worked with local community members and allies to bring attention to the disconnect between the people of Rhode Island and the leaders in our State House. In reaction to the news that SC Justice Kennedy will step down on July 31st, the space is open for our 45th president to elect a more conservative SC Justice with the immediate … [Read more...] about 36 Hours and RI showed up. What now?
Fresh off its DC debut, our Petition Quilt is looking to get some face-time all around Rhody, and we need your help to do it! We're looking for volunteers to borrow sections of the quilt for parts (or all) of the upcoming Memorial Day long weekend. We are challenging ourselves (and you!) to snap photos of the quilt displayed all over our state and share the photos back to … [Read more...] about The Petition Quilt Tour, Memorial Day Weekend 2018
Join The Woman Project as the Sewing Bee series continues to build our Community Petition Quilt. Residents from all over the state have joined us in admiring the quilt, helping build it or just signing a square -- and you can too. No skills necessary and all ages welcome. COMPLETED: Hera Art Gallery … [Read more...] about Our Sewing Bees Continue, Join Us
It’s quite impossible to sum up the last two days. But let’s try! To begin with, the Woman Project is endlessly grateful to the Center for Reproductive Rights for their tireless work on behalf of reproductive freedom. It was an education, and one that will continue, to spend time with our counterparts from around the country. What a wealth of leadership and … [Read more...] about Washington DC, It’s a Wrap!
TWP is committed to pushing the topic of Organ Equity to the forefront of legislation in the Rhode Island's State House. With 63% of state residents speaking to their support and interest in seeing this legislation voted on and passed, we will keep reminding the House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello that this topic is not going away. Now we have outside state support … [Read more...] about When 63% of RI Residents Want Abortion Rights in the State
The Woman Project is taking our advocacy to protect Roe v. Wade to Washington, DC and we are bringing all the quilt signers with us. Petition 2.0 will meet some of our federal elected officials and get acquainted with our allies. As part of this trip we are going to put the quilt on display. Where will the quilt be displayed? Location: The Supreme Court 1 First Street … [Read more...] about The Reproductive Health Care Act Community Petition Quilt is going to Washington DC