National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington, DC

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women’s artistic accomplishments.

    Susan Fisher Sterling: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women's artistic accomplishments.

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    , The National Museum of Women in the Arts was founded by a woman, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay. Women like Mrs. Holladay really become passionate about a subject and for her and her husband Wallace their passion became women artists.

    When it was founded in 1987, it really redressed an incredible lack of attention that was paid to women artists in other museums.

    Female Speaker: You can get very close to the work which in many museums you do not have an opportunity.

    Susan Fisher Sterling: Her spaces are intimate the experiences with the works of art at close range. You'll learn all sorts of new things about history and how women have been central through the story of art, since really the Renaissance.

    Michelle Cragle: The most popular exhibits would be the Frida Kahlo; it's the only Frida Kahlo on view in Washington D.

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    Susan Fisher Sterling: That's our portrait of Kahlo, a self portrait dedicated to Leon Trotsky.

    Deborah Gaston: I work with my colleagues to really extend that mission that the museum has about bring recognition to women artist, and to really keep education at the centre of that mission. We make sure we offer opportunities for creative exploration for young people or teenagers who may want to come in and take part in program, and we do for them.

    Susan Fisher Sterling: The National Museum of Women in the Art is really for all ages, for everyone.

    Deborah Gaston: Most of our family programs take place the first Sunday of every month, which is our free community day.

    We also have a beautiful space, it's elegant and fabulous for special events, and we have an active facility event of programs, which really help support the museum's education programs and other activities.

    In addition we regularly show sculpture out on our New York Avenue Sculpture Project Islands in front of the museum, so we are easy to find.

    Female Speaker: I think I would describe it as a place that has a little something for everyone.

    Susan Fisher Sterling: Anyone can come here and learn not just about history, but understand new things about themselves and their identity through the pictures that they see here.