“Empowerment vs. Exploitation"
The exhibition will be presented in the Great Hall, Saben Board Room, Blue Room, and Vault Galleries,
from February 8 – March 26, 2022.
The exhibition will be presented in the Education Wing from February 23 – March 26, 2022.
The exhibition will be presented in the Education Wing from February 22 – March 26, 2022.
Why this? Why now?
By Molly Demeulenaere, Executive Director
As the new Executive Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, my goal is to bring art to the gallery that makes people stop, think, start a conversation, and take action. I want to wrap our community in programming, events, and art that spurs change and celebrates everyone making a difference.
I chose this subject because it is personal. As a survivor of domestic violence, workplace discrimination, and often the only woman at a table, it is personal.
I grew up thinking that I could be anything I wanted to be. With hard work, passion, and grit, why not? Well, because the world still isn't ready. I want to look a little girl in the eye and tell her to dream big, and that she can get there and know that it is true.
I want girls to grow up and be brave instead of perfect, to feel beautiful for being intelligent and strong. I want corporations, employers, and bosses to view women and men through the same lens and pay them the same amount for the same work. I want females to be inspired by other women, to have role models and opportunities to try new things in supportive environments. I hope an exhibition experience like this will encourage people to open a dialogue, look at the world; challenge the accepted norms.
Art is a powerful tool for change. The Cultural Center put out an international call for art asking the following questions:
What has caused the injustice?
Are we doomed, or is there a solution?
How do we move away from exploitation and empower ourselves and others?
We are so excited about the work coming to Cape Cod from 22 states and Canada. You will experience 56 works of art that will make you cry, break into laughter, cause anger, and give you goosebumps.
To expand the impact of this two-month exhibition the Cultural Center is partnering with the Independence House on workshops including Bystander Intervention Workshop, Healing Through Creative Expression (tri-lingual), and Community Prevention Strategies.
In addition, the Cultural Center team will surround you with art, music, poetry, workshops, and culinary adventures to embrace and inspire you.
Thank you to our selected artists for your creativity, courage, and vulnerability.
Allison Hannah Fay Gaines