Light the Way


MORRO BAY International Women’s Day (IWD) is held on March 8 and has occurred since 1911 when the first IWD took place in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. With women nationally and locally coming forth to affirm their righteous place and voice in the world, the Art Center of Morro Bay is proud to honor IWD with a very special exhibit entitled, Light The Way.

The motto for this year’s IWD is Strike the #Balance for Better POSE! The pose of Lady Liberty raising the torch over the flag of the United States of America sets the theme of not only this exhibit but the global day of celebration. International Women’s Day commemorates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a call to action for gender parity and collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world.

That first IWD in 1911 was supported by over one million people, an awesome number for a period of time when women did not even have the right to vote. That right was established by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States on August 26, 1920.

Today the IWD is supported by groups collectively everywhere. It is not country, group or organization specific but actively supported by individuals, groups, organizations and businesses working for women’s advancement. These companies and groups understand the importance of women’s contribution to society. They value diversity and inclusion, leading the way when it comes to attracting and retaining female talent.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” stated Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist.

IWD friends are organizations and groups that collaborate with them to deliver agreed upon co-branded products, services, and events and actively market their collaboration with IWD to their communities.

Art Center Morro Bay President Patricia Newton stated that throughout history art has provided a glimpse into social circumstances surrounding daily life and with today’s climate of social change it is appropriate for artists to delve into the concept of human rights and the inequality that encompasses all walks of life.

“During this remarkable exhibit, artists commemorate the unique strength of women as they express encouragement, support and unification of gender equality, social, cultural and political achievements. Please join us in the support of the women who inspire and motivate others,” Newton said.

The exhibit Light The Way will be on display from Feb. 21 through April 1, at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, from noon to 4 p.m. and will include paintings, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Art Center President, Patricia Newton will speak about International Women’s Day and the exhibit on the radio show “Peace Rocks” on 97.3 FM and 107.9 FM, centralcoastradio.org on Saturday, March 2.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit www.internationalwomensday.com or see #IWD2019#BalanceforBetter. For more information about the exhibit, see www.artcentermorrobay.org or call 805-772-2504.


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