March 11, 2008 National Museum of Women in the Arts Official to Deliver Keynote Address For Women's History Month
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To honor “the originality, beauty, imagination and multiple dimensions of women’s lives,” the National Women’s History Project has chosen “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision” as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month. In keeping with the theme, the Library of Congress has invited Deborah L. Gaston, director of education at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, to deliver the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Gaston oversees all aspects of the museum’s educational programs in the visual and performing arts, literature and other fields of creativity. She previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she managed docent and teacher programs and developed educational resources and programs related to special exhibitions and the collection. She has taught art history courses at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, Lewis and Clark College’s Semester in Washington program, and the University of Delaware. She holds a master’s degree in art history from Williams College and completed doctoral work at the University of Delaware. For more than 20 years, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has recognized the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. For more information about the museum go to www.nmwa.org. In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Library will also present a film and several new Web presentations. “Frida,” a film chronicling the life of artist Frida Kahlo, will be shown at noon on Thursday, March 13 in the Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building. The Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, commemorates Women’s History Month with a special Web presentation spotlighting female veterans. Titled “Women of Four Wars,” the presentation is a call to action for volunteer interviewers to record the stories of America’s female wartime veterans and is available online at www.loc.gov/vets/. The Library of Congress’s extensive holdings include millions of items pertaining to women’s history and culture. A display featuring some of these items will be on view through March 31 in the foyer of the James Madison Building. The Library has also launched an online resource page (www.loc.gov/topics/womenshistory/) to highlight its collections about women and their accomplishments.