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Stories of Womxn Project

February 14, 2019 Julie Thompson-Dobkin Art for Social Justice, Events ,

The Stories of Womxn

a mosaic and mixed media collaborative project

MOSAIC (noun)
1.  A picture or pattern produced by arranging together small pieces of stone, tile, glass, etc.
2.  A colorful and variegated pattern.
3.  A combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.

 The Stories of Womxn is a collaborative story-telling and mosaic-building project that invites those who identify as women, womxn, and gender-queer individuals to tell their stories of strength, struggle, discrimination, resilience, and hope. This is a project about healing, community, and empowering womxn to unite in combating our historical and modern-day misrepresentation and oppression across identities of race, culture, and socio-economic status. It is about breaking our silence to challenge the dominant patriarchal narratives that try to define us.

We invite artists and non-artists alike to submit personal narratives in any medium that reflect your personal experience as a womxn. Stories that you feel have been buried and need to be told are encouraged. We welcome stories of womxn of color, new immigrants, trans-women, gender-queer individuals, personal stories, and stories of your ancestors. Submissions will be transformed into a 12-foot-tall mosaic sculpture of a human figure, serving as a symbol of strength in unity and plurality of our voices, and speaking our truths with no fear. She will hold our stories of bravery, pain, anger, joy, and compassion. She will hold the stories of our sisters, mothers, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, ancestors, heroes, children, teachers, and friends. She is a goddess. She is human. She is all of us.

Project leads Lori Greene and Juliette Myers will create the design of the mosaic sculpture based on the artwork and stories submitted. All artists and storytellers will be recognized and given credit for their work and contribution in the final sculpture, and each submission will also be individually recognized in the final exhibition. We welcome stories in any medium (writing, visual art, poems, videos, songs, dance, etc.) All submissions will become a part of a final exhibition and revealing ceremony. The sculpture will be installed outside the Mosaic On A Stick studio in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the spring of 2019.

 TO SUBMIT: Email your story or artwork (optional: accompanied by a description) in an email or separate file to mosaiconastick@gmail.com. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 29, 2019. You may choose to send a photo of yourself or to remain anonymous. Feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have.

Mosaic On A Stick is a mosaic art studio local to Saint Paul Minnesota, led by Lori Greene who creates community mosaic projects, public murals, collaborative projects and commissions. Mosaic On A Stick is a women-led small business that strives to be socially conscious and invested in their community, while aiming to make mosaics and art more accessible to the public. Read more about their projects and mission here: http://www.mosaiconastick.com/