Saturday, September 29, 2018

Save the Dates for Ronni Komarow's upcoming Exhibition: October 3rd-28th!

You are invited to Ronni Komarow's opening reception for her new Exhibition, Tender Mercies at Galatea Fine Art on Friday, October 5th at 5:30pm. Galatea is located at 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118. Ronni is a Board Officer of two of our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Affiliates, including the Friends Of the Faneuil Library (FOFL-Boston Public Library).

Ronni's new community/parenting/feminist-themed Exhibition features the large-scale (8ft x 8ft x 8ft) art installation "Diary of a Bake Sale Diva" (pictured below) inspired by Ronni's time as bake-sale coordinator for her son's middle school and her 15 years as a Boston Public Schools parent. Previous versions of this installation have been on display as part of Rutgers University's Feminist Art Project Day of Panels in Chicago, 2014, and at the Museum of Motherhood in NYC. The Exhibition runs from October 3rd-28th, 2018, also with an Artist Talk on October 13th at 3pm, plus a closing reception October 27th from 2-5pm.

"Diary of a Bake Sale Diva" mixed-media installation (8 ft. x 8 ft. x 8 ft.) 2018
Photo by Eric West

The exhibit will also feature the book she created about the Faneuil Library celebrating Dorothy Keller's 50+ years of dedicated, outstanding service to the community with the Boston Public Library. This book is 6 ft. across when opened; images below. (Collection of Dorothy Keller)


UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development Highlights Reel 2017/2018 now available!

2017-2018 has been a period of social activism from the grassroots to the global policy level for our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development anchored at Boston University's Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (WGS). The Highlights Reel gives a visual record of some of the key achievements of our Partners and Affiliates from three continents and is available here:
http://www.brendamcsweeney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Final-UNITWIN_17-18_HighlightsReel.pdf

Illustrative of community-level activity is the work underway in fifteen villages in West Bengal to help women build ‘moving banks’ of livestock assets. This income-generating, female empowerment program is by rotation helping address children’s education and health needs, as well as adding to experience sharing – successes and remaining challenges.

Action for gender justice figured prominently in our portfolio this year. Our UNITWIN Affiliate, Unbound Visual Arts (UVA), launched a Women’s History Month educational exhibition titled Battle of the Sexes Revisited: The Sexual Harassment Volley of Today at the Boston Public Library’s Honan Branch Gallery. Other well-attended #MeToo movement-themed events took place from Greater Boston to Stockholm, simultaneously advancing components of the UNESCO Priority Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021.



Faneuil Library Autumn Gathering

The Friends of the Faneuil Library (FOFL), the newest Affiliate of our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network, hosted a gathering on September 11, 2018 to welcome new Librarian Amy Manson. FOFL's mission includes "promoting cultural and educational opportunities with the goals of fostering community and the value of diversity."


L to R: Ronni Komarow, Siobhan McHugh, Amy Manson, Laura Pellegrini, Annie Mazzola
Photo credit: Brenda Gael McSweeney

Here is the link to a Flickr photoset reflecting the large turnout from the community including local representatives, community activists, artists, and Faneuil Library Friends and Members: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEFtW4F

Saturday, September 22, 2018

You are invited: Unbound Visual Arts' Wellness Exhibition and Reception!

Please join the Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) Wellness Exhibition Opening and Wine Reception with the Artists on Saturday, Oct, 20th from 6-8 pm. The Exhibition runs from October 9-27th, 2018 at Lasell College's Wedeman Gallery, 47 Myrtle Ave, Auburndale (Newton), MA 02466.

Unbound Visual Arts (UVA), a member of our WGS-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development, is the sponsor of the Exhibition entitled Wellness with works by 14 Member Artists and curated by UVA Executive Director John Quatrale. The artists include: Linda Clave, Anita Helen Cohen, Marian Dioguardi, Dianne (Iyan) Freeman, Francis Gardino, Lynda Goldberg, Pauline Lim, Nhung Mackey, Nadia Parsons, Ruth Rieffanaugh, Ruth Segaloff, Diane Sheridan, Christine Winship and Ellen Zellner.



Cosponsors include the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development at Boston University and the Gender & International Development Initiatives of the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center (GaIDI/WSRC).


For more information including the Exhibition Statement visit: