It was a night to celebrate as a standing room only crowd came out on March 8, International Women’s Day, for the opening of the “Creative Resistance” art exhibition at the StFX Art Gallery, an event accompanied by poetry, song, dance and a featured performance by El Jones, former poet laureate of Halifax, NS.
The exhibition, which runs March 5-19, highlights the multidisciplinary work of local female identifying artists, and is a collective exploration of women’s stories.
The exhibition and performance was presented by Stories ‘n Stanzas in collaboration with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, the StFX Art Gallery, and the StFX’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. It was supported by StFX’s Jules Leger Lecture Fund.
Arwen Sweet of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre curated the show.
The evening featured a display of talent from StFX students and community members, says Dr. Lisa Pasolli, who teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Many of the performers are members of Stories ‘n Stanzas, a monthly spoken word poetry showcase created by Abena A-Green, Coordinator of International Student Engagement at StFX, and Michael Fisher. StFX Coordinator for African Descent Student Affairs.
El Jones, the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, closed out the evening with an electrifying performance, Dr. Pasolli says.
“Her poems address the ongoing injustices of racism, sexism, and colonialism, and prompted the audience to think about the inclusion of all women in social justice efforts.”
The event was just one among many during an exciting week of events for International Women’s Week.
“Along with members of the wider Antigonish community, StFX students, faculty, and staff have been gathering all week to recognize and celebrate women’s achievements and to identify ways to work towards a more inclusive and equitable society,” Dr. Pasolli says.
“The week has also featured a film screening, paint party, poster-making, a wellness workshop, community breakfast, and more. A large and enthusiastic crowd marched through Antigonish on Wednesday to draw attention to International Women’s Day. On Thursday, El Jones spoke with Sylvia Parris and Lorraine Reddick at a Black Women’s Lives Matter event, which also featured a dance performance by Liliona Quarmyne called ‘Women, Walking.’”
International Women’s Week caps off with a Feminist Cabaret at Piper’s Pub on Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.