Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities

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About the Exhibit

Women are a powerful force in our global society. They are often the lynchpin in their communities, able to create major change that lifts up themselves and their neighbors. In particular, women artisans have worked together in cooperatives creating folk art that provides income for their families, preserves their cultural heritage, heals the wounds of war and domestic abuse, improves education, and protects their environments.

This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM and circulated through guest curator Traveling Exhibitions.

Exhibit Images

A group of five drummers in green and black garments perform in the Museum rotunda in front of the Maya Peoples exhibit.


Thank you to our supporters:

Union Bank

The San Diego Foundation

McKenna Long

The Legler Benbough Foundation

Barney and Barney

Global Communities

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors

The Loughridge Family

Judy Wenker

International Folk Art Movement

Viejas Band Of Kumeyaay Indians

Walter & Elizabeth Smoyer

Constance Carroll

Abe Ordover & Eleanor Musick

Edie Munk

Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach

Gary Welch & Rebecca Dickinson Welch

The Museum of Us recognizes that it sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay peoples who have lived here for millennia.

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