Bucking boring stereotypes of feminist dialogue, the Museum of Contemporary Arts Feminism + Co: Art + Sex + Politics series puts a hip and engaging spin on the old rhetoric with performers, artists, business leaders and less traditional feminist speakers. Tonight, Judith Nafziger, manager of Ten Thousand Villages, and Tamra Ryan, CEO of the Womens Bean Project, will speak about women and social enterprise. Each organization has found a way to help women achieve economic independence through what is traditionally thought of as womens work: cooking and arts and crafts. Addressing the issue of womens work allows us to at least get at the issues of poverty in a slightly more creative way and provides an atmosphere for discussion that is more nuanced and gets at more of the issues that people face, explains co-director Elissa Auther.
Time will also be set aside for a bit of guilt-free shopping in a mini-store that features items from the Womens Bean Project and Ten Thousand Villages, creating what Auther hopes will be an overall experience that introduces you to social enterprise and encourages you to participate in philanthropy.
The evening starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails at the museum, 1485 Delgany Street; for tickets, $15 ($10 for MCA members) and more information, visit www.mcadenver.org or call 303-298-7554.
Thu., April 15, 6-8 p.m., 2010