When I made the feminist history tree ring sculpture, DENDROFEMONOLOGY, distilling 50,000 years of history into 30 lines, it became so clear that progress doesn't always move in one direction. We have to keep pushing for the change we want — a more just world with more feminist perspectives and leadership. And that's what this art installation and activation on the National Mall Nov 1 - 4 is all about. We have a coalition of 20 feminist organizations coming together, with speakers, voter registration, an ERA convening, artists, and more, to create a vision of the world we want, together.
This has been in the works for the last year, and with everything happening in the world right now, this gathering feels that much more necessary.
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DENDROFEMONOLOGY: A FEMINIST HISTORY TREE RING
ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON, DC
A FOUR-DAY ART INSTALLATION AND ACTIVATION
NOVEMBER 1 – 4, 2023
National Women's History Museum, Women Connect4Good, and Let it Ripple
With more than 93,000 races on the ballot this November that could affect women’s rights, trans rights, and reproductive freedom, please join us, with an incredible coalition of organizations (listed below) in coming together, speaking up, and providing resources to educate, register, and mobilize voters to #ReclaimOurHistory and #VoteOurFuture. Watch 1 min video about the activation here.
Whether you're in person in DC or online, join us Nov 1 for a powerful lineup of speakers who are are featured on the sculpture, including trailblazer Dolores Huerta, #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, and the highest elected trans official, Senator Sarah McBride. Each honoree has also been invited to bring a younger activist of their choice to speak, too. We're looking forward to hearing from them! Sign up here to be there in DC or watch online.
Art, Action, and Inspiration
Artist Michele Pred is leading one of her lively Feminist Art Parades from the White House to the monument and will culminate in a cathartic flashmob dance with choreography by Rena Marie. Sign up here for parade info and dance moves (even if you are remote, there will be a way to join in).
Artist Autumn Breon will be there with her Care-Machine, a fantastic pink vending machine filled with banned books, abortion pills, and other feminist essentials.
Artist Whitney Bradshaw will be there with her OUTCRY crew, filming and photographing women and non-binary people doing cathartic primal screams.
A Tour Of Her Own and the National Women’s History Museum will lead tours on the Women’s History Shuttle, which will travel between the DENDROFEMONOLOGY installation and the National Women’s History Museum’s exhibition, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC at the MLK Memorial Library.
Near the art installation of DENDROFEMONOLOGY, there will be feminist books curated by author Rozella Kennedy who wrote Our Brave Foremothers.
Coalition-Building and the ERA
This activation is put on in partnership with an incredible coalition of organizations including ERA Coalition | Planned Parenthood Action Fund | Vital Voices | GLAAD | Feminist Majority Foundation | She The People | Take The Lead | Equal Means Equal | Equality Now | Supermajority | Female Quotient | TransLatina Coalition | Reboot | BitHouse | World Wide Women | Vote Pro Choice | Voters of Tomorrow | The Feminist institute | A Tour of Their Own.
Presented by The National Women's History Museum, Women Connect4Good and Let it Ripple.
The ERA Coalition is hosting an in-person convening during the activation, with all of their organizations (nearly 300 organizations are part of the ERA Coalition). The Equal Rights Amendment, after 100 years (it was first introduced in 1923), is fully ratified and is ready to be published. We are here to make sure that happens!
On both the National Mall and on social media, we will ask the public 3 questions:
1. What milestone on the timeline has had the most impact on you, and why?
2. What's an important milestone not on the timeline that has paved the path for you?
3. What would you like to see inscribed as the next milestone?
While the tree ring sculpture timeline is distilled to 30 burned-in milestones, we will create an expansive version of the timeline with the public's contributions, that will be featured on the National Women’s History Museum website.
Watch 1-min Video About It All
Schedule of Events Nov 1-4
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DAY 1 Wed Nov 1
-- 10 am: Opening land acknowledgment followed by performance by Martha Redbone
-- 10:05 am: Speakers and press conference
DAY 2 Thurs Nov 2:
-- 1-4 pm: A Tour of Her Own DC tours from the feminist history tree ring to the NWHM’s “We Who Believe: Black Feminist DC” Exhibition at MLK Library.
-- 7:30-9:30 pm: Film screening of our film 50/50 at Vital Voices Headquarters, followed by artist Whitney Bradshaw’s OUTCRY.
DAY 3 Fri Nov 3:
-- 1-4 pm: ERA Coalition Program at Vital Voices
-- 4-6 pm: Cocktail Reception at Vital Voices
-- 6 pm: Walk or shuttle together to National Mall via “Equality Corridor”
-- 6:30 pm: Interfaith Shabbat Candle lighting at Feminist History Tree Ring
DAY 4 Sat Nov 4:
-- 11-noon: Artist Michele Pred leads a Feminist Art Parade from the White House to the National Mall, ending in a cathartic flashmob dance.
-- All day: Family day with educational resources, interactive/participatory components
Follow The Countdown on Social
Follow along on social with a new line of the tree ring each day.
From my mother, a therapist who runs support groups, I learned the importance of gathering. From my father and his books, I learned the value of women and power throughout history. I'm channeling both of them with this convening. In light of everything happening in the world, it feels especially needed right now.
Sending so much love,
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