Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project and Boxcar Books @WE7 →
#midwest pages to prisoners
Be sure to stop by the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project/Boxcar Books table to learn more about their zine distro project. Check out their catalogue of radical theory zines that volunteers will send to people who are incarcerated in Indiana, sign up to participate as a letter, or just hang out and read some of the zines, which cover topics from class and labor issues to queer and trans theory.
”The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an organization made up of volunteers working in their spare time to provide free books to prisoners. Our volunteers are concerned citizens and activists interested in rehabilitation, rather than punishment… Prisoners are not strangers: they are brothers sisters, friends, cousins, mothers, and children.” — Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project website.
"Women Exposed 7 is teaming up with WFHB for a special edition of the Bloomington Storytelling Project — live from Women Exposed 7! If you want to participate and are available Saturday, April 28 from 7-9 p.m. to tell a story about yourself (it can be related to our theme of “environment” or not), contact the producer, Laura Grover, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking for 2-3 more storytellers, so bring a friend!"
#Bloomington Storytelling Project
A letter from Women Exposed founder Margaret Belton
“My experience with WE has been so brilliantly beautiful. I started this baby when I was volunteering at both The Rise and The Middle Way House and a Bachelor of Arts student at IU. I am most satisfied when all my passions in life come together. With the combination of how The Rise and The Middle Way House moved me, being an artist and student at IU, a feminist, a social butterfly/lover of Bloomington’s beautiful and fabulous community, and a gal that likes to throw a mean party for a darn good cause - this was the birth of WE. The inspiration came from so many places but started with what deeply moved me and that was the outcome of women I saw within the Rise and The Middle Way House. The empowerment I saw within the women there and their children and all the people that worked there and their compassion and drive for this beautiful organization. I loved seeing strong men, women and children from both ends of the spectrum — whether they worked At The Rise or were there to re-build themselves — both so strong and moving.”
”I was an expressive arts instructor and basically went in there and went about each lesson organically with ideas in mind but ever day was different. We’d usually end up listening to some feel-good empowering music by Bonnie Raitt, The Staple Singers, Sweet Honey In The Rock and more, and just get to work. It was beautiful. We’d do collaborative pieces, paintings, write, or simply talk - no matter what, it was always held within an uplifting light empowering energy. I remember just thinking of how all the lovely, moving, passionate things in my life could all come together and WE was born! I basically called all my dear friends and discussed the idea and asked for there help and we formed a collective of Women to support women (and of course all the supportive men linked as well!) This was a family affair of abundant love from Bloomington’s vibrant and embracing community- the artists, musicians, business owners, IU faculty and students, art galleries, and the women, children and faculty of The Middle Way House and Rise. This whole event was and has always been fueled by this gathering of hearts and minds and it has been so incredible to watch it grow from afar. I moved away to San Francisco in 2005 and miss Bloomington so much, but when WE happens I almost can’t handle the levels of missings I have for that sweetest slice of pie town. It is and always will be home to me. With all my love to all you blooming-darlings!”
The Women Exposed Manifesto
WE is made up of artists and volunteers who value women, transgender and human experiences.
WE believes that Art is one of the most powerful forms of expression. Therefore:
WE embraces “female values and experiences as a legitimate basis for the creation of art”(Broude & Garrard) in order to better challenge hegemony and patriarchy.
WE welcomes diverse aesthetic ideologies ranging from traditional feminine “crafts” to high art.
WE serves as a venue for artists and performers in a nontraditional community-based space.
WE gathers annually to sustain a community in solidarity with Middle Way House to help empower their members.
WE departs from the traditional patriarchic hegemonic model for the selection of art, which privileges an individual expert over the collective process of art making and sharing.
WE welcomes critical view and values the experience and feedback of its participants.
WE is volunteer-powered, community supported and 100% not-for-profit.