Makers of Unity.
Makers of Art.
Makers of Change.
Makers of Tomorrow.
Sometimes it takes an event or experience to see the connections between various ideas and thoughts.
This past Saturday I took part in the Women’s March at Washington Park in Cincinnati. Knowing that it was just one of hundreds of similar marches all over the world was a moving experience for me. I am thankful to all the women, men and families that came together to make change. We will never go back. We are moving forward. Our voices will be heard.
Creativity played a big part in the resistance and brought people together. The pussyhat project was the vision of co-founders Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman. Designed by Kat Coyle, the simple pattern was shared and spread quickly all over the Internet. Then millions of people started making the hats one stitch at a time and sharing them with friends.
Seeing the sea of pink hats in all of the photos and the sheer number of protest signs was visceral. Whether elaborately designed or hand-painted, each sign was a personal expression important to each marcher; some cleaver twists-of-phrasing and many more very direct.
An artist friend shared her stories about her trip with three other friends all in pink pussy-hats who marched in Washington, DC. I could feel her excitement as she told the story of her experience. She said, “We met people from all over the USA, from up-state New York to Florida, and we talked with everyone.”
Creativity is still pouring out of the march. I see artists inspired by this historical event posting on Instagram. I am certain all of this will influence my paintings.
As I look back on the march in my community and all the other cities around the world, I feel solidarity with all those women and men coming together to speak-out against what is happening in our country.
I have always been a feminist and an artist. Now I am also an activist.
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