Feminist Art for Social Justice

Kentucky Foundation for WomenThe Kentucky Foundation for Women “supports feminist artists working for positive social change.” According to Executive Director Judi Jennings, linking “feminist”, “art,” and “social change” is something people have a difficult time thinking of as happening in Kentucky.

These are people who haven’t yet had the opportunity to consider the potential impact of the kind of art projects supported by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. There is a list of those projects in the Foundation’s Spring 2008 Update, which I finally had an opportunity to read.

I should probably confess that I am one of those people who tends to think of the tenacity of things like imperialism and sin whenever people talk about the potential of art to change the world. But the rest of the time, I am willing to believe that giving people an image and vision of a possible world, a possible future, matters for the possible creation of that world, that future. So I was moved by the Foundation’s list of projects. It is a testament to the work of women of creativity and vision, with dreams of a better future not just for themselves but for their neighbors, for all women, for the entire community.

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Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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