When Women Pursue Justice

February 1, 2006 - March 26, 2006
Central Library, Youth Wing
When Women Pursue Justice

Throughout the 20th century, women activists and movement leaders have worked for justice, equality and peace, often risking their freedom and safety to achieve voting rights, civil rights, health and reproductive rights, gay rights, immigrant rights, workplace equality and environmental protection in America.

In the summer of 2005, Artmakers Inc., a Brooklyn-based public art organization, brought together 13 professional women artists and more than 30 interns, volunteers and neighborhood residents to honor these inspirational women with a 3,300 square foot public mural. Located in Bedford Stuyvesant, the mural features leaders such as Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis, as well as inspirational women like Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. It is dedicated to late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who hailed from, and represented, the area.

This traveling exhibition highlights the mural and the extraordinary effort that went into its creation. It features photographs of the mural and the women depicted in it, as well as artist sketches by the muralists. A display of young readers books compliments the exhibition.

Established in 1983, Artmakers Inc. is an artist-run, politically oriented community mural organization that creates high quality public art relevant to the lives and work of people in their neighborhoods.

Janet Braun-Reinitz, president of Artmakers, is a muralist who has painted more than 50 community murals, primarily in New York. Jane Weissman, a member of Artmakers' board of directors, is the former director of GreenThumb, a New York City community gardening program. They are co-authors of the forthcoming On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City.