Empowering Women Exhibition Opening Celebration

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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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One Moroccan artist teaches a village of women to read. An embroiderer from India takes out her first loan. A Hutu woman from war-torn Rwanda works with a Tutsi to make “peace” baskets.

From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are forming grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.

Join us to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition! We will have live performances, artisans demonstrating their crafts, and delicious food and drink tastings from great local eateries.

About the evening:

Local artisans who will demonstrate their crafts include Maria del Pilar Neira, a weaver from Colombia; Sarah Sami, a fashion designer and refugee from Iraq; and Mershid Arjmand, a jewlery designer originally from Iran.

Live performances of music and dance will include PASACAT, a troupe that performs Philippine folk dance, and Naruwan Taiko, a group that performs a style of Japanese drumming called "taiko."

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from the Foundation for Women, an organization that strives to continually encourage and support empoverished women by funding and creating microcredit programs, as well as Women's Empowerment, an organization that gives women the tools they need to work their way out of poverty.

Toast Catering will be serving an amazing array of hors d'ouerves throughout the evening; Flavors Integrations will serve a variety of delicious, art-inspired cupcakes; and Ninkasi Brewing Company, named for the Sumerian goddess praised for the miracle of fermentation, will be serving tastings of their craft brews.

Note: Allow ample time to find parking! The 100 year-old Cabrillo Bridge is undergoing renovations from January 2-April 30, 2014, at which time it will be closed to vehicular traffic. Use Park Boulevard access routes to reach Balboa Park or park on Balboa Drive and walk across Cabrillo Bridge to reach the museum.

About the exhibition:

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities explores the work of ten women-run cooperatives in ten countries by providing an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of these women and the exquisite traditional art works that they create.

Discover how these women work together to create folk art in order to provide income for their families, preserve their cultural heritage, improve education, and influence major changes that lift up themselves and their communities.

Learn more about the brand new exhibition:


This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM.

This exhibition is sponsored by:

The Loughridge Family Judy Wenker

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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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Located beneath the ornate 200-foot California Tower, the San Diego Museum of Man is the city's only museum devoted to anthropology, humanity, and the human condition.

A key focus of the museum is to create and display dynamic and educational anthropological exhibits about people and places throughout the Americas and around the world. For more information about the San Diego Museum of Man, please visit www.museumofman.org.

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