HeForShe Arts Week to Be Held in New York City in March
A little under two weeks since HeForShe launched its new website intended to help supporters organize gender equality initiatives in their own communities, it has been announced that the campaign will hold a New York Arts Week this spring in conjunction with the City of New York and the Public Theater.
The celebration will be held March 8-15, 2016, and is set to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson said of the initiative,
The arts both reflect and influence culture. At its best, art shapes how we see the world. So it makes perfect sense for HeForShe to partner with arts institutions like [t]he Public Theater to evolve the behaviours, norms and perceptions that shape our cultural view of gender.
In addition, the executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, commented,
The engagement of the arts world brings a crucial extra dimension to our work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Performance can make a direct connection to truths about the relationships and power structures between women and men, often without needing words, reaching those who may not otherwise be aware of unconscious assumptions about roles, identities, and rights. Art provides a uniquely potent and universal medium to create and record experience and understanding. We are thankful to the Public Theater for its leadership and support of Arts Week.
Besides the Public Theater, HeForShe has partnered with other performance venues and institutions, spanning ballet and opera to galleries and museums and more. During the week, these partner organizations will spotlight the work of HeForShe and UN Women, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the organization.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray also spoke highly of the upcoming Arts Week:
Art makes people think and question, and people change the world. Indeed, for women from Jane Austen to Maya Angelou, art has been one of the most effective ways to make our voices heard. Our world works best when everyone has the opportunity to succeed, but we are not there yet—not even close. Too many women don’t feel safe in their own homes and public spaces. Too many women are unheard in our political system and under-appreciated in the workplace. We must continue using our art as a megaphone. That’s why I am honored to partner with HeForShe and the Public Theater for New York Arts Week.
It is expected that HeForShe’s Art Week initiative will spread to other cities around the world by 2017. Will you be in New York during this special celebration?