Celebrating Women’s History Month 2018



March is the month when we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women, and this past year has truly been extraordinary, from #RESIST to #METOO and #TimesUp ~ in the arts and activism, women have stepped forward to take the lead in Change. Here are a few ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, and the women who made this City great.

“Not of this World” artist, Reka Nyari. Image courtesy Emmanuel Fremin Gallery

March 1  ~  Valkyrie Ink by artist, Reka Nyari opens at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.


Image via nawa.org

March 1  ~  SHELTER 2018 EXHIBITION, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) + Harlem School of the Arts (HSA)


March 1  ~  ECLIPSE: Out From the Shadows @ Allouche Gallery


March 2-8  ~  BAM Women at Work: Labor Activism


March 8  ~  International Women’s Day Rally at Washington Square Park


March 9  ~  Disillusionment: Perspectives Beyond at Taller Boricua Gallery, East Harlem


Image via Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the 2018 Women’s Jazz Festival

Kicking-off Women’s History Month with the 2018 Women’s Jazz Festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, beginning with…..

March 5  ~  A Celebration of Alice Coltrane

March 12  ~  Fostina Dixon & Winds of Change

March 19  ~  WJF in Conversation: For the Love of Abbey Lincoln

March 26  ~  Closing Night Performance for 2018 Women’s Jazz Festival


Image via Harlem Stage ~ Lena Horne at 100

March 6  ~  Lena Horne at 100 at Harlem Stage, featuring Candice Hoyes and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards


Talks at the Schomburg: International Women’s Day – MFON: Women….

March 8  ~  Talks at the Schomburg: International Women’s Day – MFON: Women…. will be held at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street from 6:30 – 8:00pm.


Harlem Stage, in partnership with the National Black Theatre and Carnegie Hall will  present “Mothers of the Movements,” a celebration of the contribution of Black women pioneers from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements.”

“Mothers of the Movements” is a two-part series that will take place in both Harlem-based institutions. The performance is part of Harlem Stage’s signature music series Uptown Nights, which presents top artists in an intimate setting and a part of National Black Theatre’s Communication Arts Program used to advocate and promote alternative learning within the field and community.”


Image courtesy of Harlem Stage

On March 9th at 7:30pm at Harlem Stage, longtime Lincoln collaborator, Marc Cary will re-imagine the seminal album, “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite,” with Terri Lyne Carrington, Reggie Workman, Sameer Gupta, Edmar Colón, and other surprise guests.  Uptown Nights: Mothers of the Movements tickets.

On March 12th at 7:30pm, for the second part of the series, the National Black Theatre will present “The Black Woman: She Does Exist,” an evening of newly commissioned work that was inspired and in response to seminal texts written by Black women artists and activists of the 60’s such as Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Ella Baker, and the women of SNCC. These new works are being created by the next generation of vital Black women voices; writers Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, Ebony Noelle Golden and ensemble. Seeking to strengthen the bonds between past and present, and in addition to the newly commissioned work, NBT has gathered pioneering Black women legends of the theater community to perform the original texts.  The Black Woman: She Does Exist tickets.

Mothers of the Movements” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s festival, “The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America,” which is a citywide festival that reflects onthe turbulent spirit of the ‘60s: the quest for civil rights, equal rights, and social justice. The festival runs from January 14 – March 24, 2017.

See a full Fall Schedule for Harlem Stage here.


Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics at The Museum of the City of New York

Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics at The Museum of the City of New York, on view through August 5, 2018


March 15  ~  Women’s History Month Celebration ~ Above & Beyond: Inspiring and Motivatin… presented by Queens Economic Development Corporation, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Ted Weiss Building, 290 Broadway 30th Floor, NYC


March 18  ~  Three on 3: Celebrate Women’s History Month presented by Three on 3 Presents, Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, 15 Mount Morris Park West in the historic district of Harlem


Image via Hunter East Harlem Gallery

Opening March 21st ~ QUEENIE: Selected artworks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s collection at Hunter East Harlem Gallery.


The 107th Triangle Fire Anniversary Commemoration will take place on Friday, March 23rd at 11:30am at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place. This annual event is presented by Workers United SEIU (ILGWU) and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.


photo credit: Julie Scelfo, Author

A City Made by Women: New Perspectives hosted by Julie Scelfo, Author and Museum of the City of New York on March 25 from 1-3pm.

Beyond Suffrage Programs at The Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York presents the Beyond Suffrage Programs, including Performance & Protest in Public Art ~ A City Made by Women: New Perspectives ~ Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon ~ Feminists in Fashion with Norma Kamali and Christine Barberich ~ Make Some Noise at MCNY ~ and Past Event: In the Halls of Power: Women ~ The Future of New York Politics ~ Past Event: The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm: Screening and Conversation.


March 26  ~  Women Poets of the Village: Candlelight Reading at Cherry Lane Theater from 6:30-8:00pm ~ A Free event with Registration.  This event is sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Poetry Society of America, The New School Creative Writing Program, and The Poetry Brothel.


March 29  ~  How Gay Girls Owned the Village from the 30s to the 90s ~ and How They Want (Some of) It Back ~ at Jefferson Market Library, 6:30pm. This is a Free program with Registration.


Explore women’s history at The New York Historical Society through exhibitions, programs, and immersive multimedia at the Museum’s new Center for Women’s History.  We Rise: A New Film from the Center for Women’s History ~ shows once an hour at The New York Historical Society.

New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society – 4th floor, Women’s History
Gift Shop at New York Historical Society, with a Women’s History Month wall
New York Historical Society, 4th Floor


Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Brooklyn Museum on March 3 “First Saturdays” with programming from 5:00 to 10:00pm, including Dance: Michiyaya Dance ~ a Curator Tour at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art ~ Hands-on Art  ~  Black Girls Rock! program ~ Community Talk: Think!Chinatown ~ Feminist Book Club with Well-Read Black Girl ~ Pop-up Gallery Talks ~ Music: LEIKEL147 ~ Pop-up Poetry ~ Brown Girls Burlesque ~ and Music: Sabine Blaizin


March 8th is International Women’s Day, and in celebration, the United Nations Women for Peace Association will be holding their annual awards luncheon in the Delegates Dining Room in the U.N. Headquarters. Tickets here.


Walter Scott’s Three Dancing Maidens sculpture, Central Park Conservatory Garden, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

NYC Parks and Monuments Honoring Women can be found in all five boroughs.


Fearless Girl. Image via USWeekly

Fearless Girl is getting a permanent home, likely to be New York Stock Exchange.  Read article in The Architects Newspaper.




Check out WomenWhoDraw on Website, Twitter and Facebook. They are sure to have creative and inciteful sketches in celebration of the month.

Here’s a Great find on the #WomensHistoryMonth wall at NiLu Gift Shop in Harlem, “200 Women,” an interview with 200 women, from Jane Goodall and Margaret Atwood to Alice Waters and Alicia Garza ~ a snapshot of female life around the globe. NiLu Gift shop is located at 191 Malcolm X Blvd, between 119th-120th Streets on Lenox Avenue.

Just in time for International Women’s Day, 17 New Barbie Dolls representing modern-day role models + historical figures.

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