From Africa to Asia to the Americas, women artisans are forming cooperatives to reach new markets, claim their rights, raise living standards and transform lives.
Whether they are weavers, painters, embroiderers or jewelry makers, women artisans are finding strength and a brighter future in collaborative businesses that they own and manage as a group.
Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities is a vibrant, inviting exhibition that features beautiful examples of the cooperatives’ handmade arts, such as beaded necklaces, embroidered quilts, and hand-woven baskets, bags and textiles. It includes objects that visitors are encouraged to touch.
Visitors can be transported to Guatemala through the Museum’s first immersive virtual reality experience.
The exhibition is located in the Level 6 Expressions gallery, with viewing included in the cost of general admission.
Empowering Women has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions. It has been enhanced by curatorial, new media, design and exhibition staff of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Museum extends special thanks to supporting sponsor The Co-operators.