Friday, October 04, 2013

October 1, 2013 ART CITY, MANITOBA GOVERNMENT PARTNER TO CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 2013 – – – Project to Create Lasting Tribute to Manitoba Women Who Have Made the Impossible Possible: Ministers The Manitoba government and a not-for-profit community art studio in Winnipeg are teaming up to celebrate Women’s History Month with a unique project to reflect the contributions of women in this province, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the status of women, announced today. “Women’s History Month is an annual event that provides an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of women in Manitoba and to reflect on the continuing evolution of women’s roles in today’s society,” Howard said. To promote this year’s theme, She Has Made the Impossible, Possible, Education Minister Nancy Allan encouraged Manitobans to create a story, poem or picture about a woman who has made the impossible, possible for them. “I want Manitobans to use their creativity to honour the important achievements of Manitoba women who are meaningful to them,” said Allan. “By each of us sharing our unique impressions, we will create a lasting tribute to the women who have made a positive impact on each of our lives.” Art City, a community studio that provides space and art supplies to people of all ages to express their artistic creativity, will create the visual installation of the art pieces Manitobans submit. “Art City is excited to work on this initiative that recognizes the important contributions of women,” said Josh Ruth, managing director for Art City. “Wanda Koop is our example of a woman who made access to art possible for many children living in the West Broadway neighbourhood by establishing Art City, which has been going strong now for 15 years. We look forward to creating this installation once all pieces are collected.” The installation will be unveiled at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Oct. 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 200. More details on this project and submission forms for the project are available on the Manitoba Status of Women website at calling 204-945-6281 in Winnipeg or 1-800-263-0234 (toll-free). - 30 -

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