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International Exhibit Catalyzes Conversation About Gender Violence In Jackson

Wyoming Humanities

The artwork of 31 of the Middle East's premier contemporary women artists is coming to Jackson. “I AM” is an international traveling exhibit focusing on the contributions that Middle Eastern women make to local and global culture, and movements for peace and harmony.  

It’s already made stops in Jordan, London and Washington DC, and will open at the Center for the Arts in Jackson on Friday evening.


Although the artwork is by women of Middle Eastern heritage, Emy diGrappa from Wyoming Humanities said it reflects the experience of women everywhere.  


“Gender violence has no cultural or political or socio-economic boundary. All women experience it,” she said.


The art, diGrappa said, provides a way “to have local, critical conversations in our community about gender violence and domestic violence.”


The exhibit is complemented by a series of events, featuring some Wyoming voices on January 21.


“We put this panel together for them to tell their stories and have a Q&A,” said DiGrappa.


Among the presenters is Mary Billiter, who will reflect on her personal experiences with sexual violence, the #metoo movement and the path forward.  


The exhibit is at the Center for the Arts through February 25. For more information go to thinkwy.org


Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.
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