Updated Thu, Apr 3, 2014 12:17 pm
Athens, Ohio, has long been known as a hotbed of creativity. Now the Ohio University Women's Center wants to spotlight creative works from the community during its "Celebration of Women & Feminists in the Arts" on Friday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Center is looking for musicians, artists, poets, dancers and other talented people to display their work. All genders are encouraged to participate.
"The event will celebrate area artists who identify as women, feminist, womanist, gender non-conforming, and/or LGBTQIA," said Women's Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jenkins.
Jenkins added that, although the Center has hosted artistic gatherings in the past, this is the first year for this particular event, which was suggested by OU graduate student Allison Ragland.
"I came up with the idea because I wanted there to be a safe space for women and gender-variant individuals to express themselves," explained Ragland. "I wanted to create a positive platform to celebrate women and feminists in the arts. There can never be enough spaces for creative expression!"
Ragland said she doesn't have "any concrete hopes" for audience turnout on April 18, but is hopeful that at least one person from each discipline (visual, film, music, etc.) will attend so a group discussion can take place.