Throughout the centuries, women have not always been celebrated. In many places and for many years, they were (and still are) merely tolerated at best. At worst, they suffered and continue to suffer unspeakable abuse. Still, an unmeasurable number of women refuse to be victims.
Art Museums/Organizations/Resources That Celebrate Women
The media often portrays women in a negative light: weak or dominating, over-sexualized or frigid. However, art is a medium that is known to celebrate women not just for their physiques, but for their souls and accomplishments. Here are a few examples of art museums/organizations/resources who have made it their mission to uplift women in a world that so often oppresses them:
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts – The National Museum of Women in the Arts loves women so much that it dedicated its name to them. In fact, the NMWA is the only art museum dedicated to the recognition of women in the arts. The National Museum of Women in the Art’s website says, “(We) bring recognition to 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.” This unique art museum is home to some 4,500 objects and an 18,500-volume library. Read more about NMWA here.
- The Art of Living — The Art of Living is an organization that is committed to the betterment of the lives of women. The Art of Living‘s website states, “Women are undoubtedly the backbone of any society. However, they’ve also been an ignored fraction of the society in many parts of the world. To restore their rightful and dignified status, The Art of Living has initiated empowerment programs that provide a solid foundation to nurture the inner strength, creativity, and self-esteem of women from all walks of life.” The Art of Living offers various empowerment programs: girl child education, economic independence, prison program, HIV/AIDS, and more. Read about this incredible organization here.
- Adult-specific coloring books — While it is by no means unique to women, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) certainly does affect a vast number of them. Coloring books have become a type of non-prescription therapy for trauma survivors. Women who have been abused may benefit from adult-specific coloring books. Learn more here.
Like men, women could use some extra encouragement and support. Organizations like The Art of Living, art resources such coloring books for trauma, and art museums like The National Museum of Women in the Arts are doing much to elevate women in healthy ways. With art on her side, there is nothing womankind cannot do.
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