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.
The Reproductive Health Care Act will impact so many people from all walks of life in Rhode Island. On March 28 in the Library at the Rhode Island State House, 15 actors and 20 volunteers came together to for Organ Equity Day #2. Using the 'People's House' as their stage, The Woman Project (TWP) collaborators, volunteers, and actors represented the voices of so many Rhode … [Read more...] about Organ Equity Day #2: Codify, a performance + The Community ‘Petition 2.0’ Quilt
The World Rightsize Up by Kate O’Kula, Bissel Cove, May 12, 2017. For the Women’s Project Rally, State House, Providence, RI, May 13, 2017 In my head are images of the day we took the streets in Washington, New York, Chicago. Took a tundra in Antarctica standing together then as we do here today in front of this state house, in Providence, Rhode … [Read more...] about Throwback Thursday: Poem by Kate O’Kula for 2017 TWP Rally
EXCERPTS FROM THE 1973 ROE V WADE SUPREME COURT DECISION 1) Jane Roe, a single woman who was residing in Dallas County, Texas, instituted this federal action in March 1970 against the District Attorney of the county. She sought a declaratory judgment that the Texas criminal abortion statutes were unconstitutional on their face, and an injunction restraining the defendant … [Read more...] about CODIFY: A Staged Reading for Reproductive Rights
Feb 28, 3:30-5pm Rhode Island State House To begin our identity series, "Organ Equity Days" every 28 days, a small group of supporters showed up at the State House in Rhode Island to remind our elected officials that we are here and urge them to bring a vote to the floor. … [Read more...] about First Organ Equity Day
February, 17, 2018: A collection of The Woman Project attended last Saturday’s evening’s presentation of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at The Odeum Theater in East Greenwich. This was the 20th anniversary year of the production. TWP was invited specifically as one of three honored guests to receive the cast-determined “Vagina Warrior Award” for working with … [Read more...] about The Woman Project gets honored at The Vagina Monologues
Following in the success of Pence receiving receipts of donations from Planned Parenthood when donations were made early in January 2017, The Woman Project is starting it's own similar fundraiser. If anyone, in or out of state, donates $10 to The Woman Project for a week, we will send a uterus valentine in their name to either Speaker Mattiello or Senate President … [Read more...] about Support TWP and Send a Valentine
Currently in creation, Petition 2.0 builds on the success and size of Petition 1.0. Petition 2.0 is designed as a quilt, where constituents can sign and decorate a square in support of The Reproductive Health Care Act. The Squares will be sewn together to create panels for a quilt, that will grow in size as we acquire more signatures. The Quilt will be displayed in the RI … [Read more...] about How Petition 2.0 is Being Made
The Roe v. Wade Week of Action is upon us and we have this snazzy flyer for you to use if you want to plan on one or more actions at the State Capital or from your own home. Today we are excited to be delivering cupcakes to our elected officials who were authors to the bill LAST YEAR as a way to acknowledge what they did for us as well as a nod to what is to come for this … [Read more...] about The Woman Projects helps in the week of Roe v. Wade Actions! Today we give thanks.
Last night The Woman Project met at the South Kingstown, RI Town Hall building and projected this animation on the building. It was our way to honor Roe's fight for the rest of us and for us to say Thank You to South Kingstown for being the first town in the whole state of Rhode Island to pass a resolution of support for Roe v. Wade and the reproductive health care act. … [Read more...] about Thank you South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Happy Anniversary Roe!
This coming January 21st, the Woman Project and her network is putting on a SECOND Sewing Bee to prepare our "Quilt 2.0" for the opening of the State's session this coming end of January. Quilters and non-quilters alike (all ages too), please join us for a post Christmas, pre- New Years celebration of women's rights at the Unitarian Univeralists Congregation of South County … [Read more...] about The Mass Action Sewing Bee, January 21, 2018
What made you want to participate in the Democratic Platform Video just launched by The Woman Project on social media? Making the world around us better is important in my family. We have two kids under 6, so for us to do something in the evening is an effort. My wife Justine Caldwell is running for State Representative, so usually it's her heading out at night to … [Read more...] about TWP Interviews: David Caldwell, participant in the Democratic Platform Video
Organ Equity Now! Organ equity is a movement to ensure that the uterus is given the same rights and protection under the law as all other organs in the human body. The uterus is the only organ in the human body that is legislated. The uterus is the one organ in the human body in which the government seeks to intervene between the person and the organ against a … [Read more...] about Organ Equity Now: Join the movement and download your own uterus artwork to color
Right now outside Congressman Langvin's office. RI women fighting for the rights of all women in RI, with a huge petition signed by people in RI for choice. These women are urging the Congressman to vote NO Tuesday on legislation to reduce the window for women to exercise their right to choice to 20 weeks. This legstration targets poor women and women with special medical … [Read more...] about Demonstrating Today: Oct 2nd, Rhode Islanders fight for women’s reproductive rights on the national level