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Best Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013 In Charlotte

March 4, 2013 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Mint Museum via Facebook

Photo Credit: Mint Museum via Facebook

Charlotte, named for a queen, has been shaped by many notable women who have contributed to the community in every field of life. During Women’s History Month, celebrate that heritage at local venues exhibiting art created by women, join in a ceremony honoring women’s achievements, or find out more about Queen Charlotte herself.

A Woman’s Place 2013
McColl Theatre at ImaginOn
300 E. Seventh St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-1887 ext. 250
www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Price: Free, reservations required
Date: March 7

This annual event that is organized by the Levine Museum of the New South, honors Charlotte’s Woman of the Year. This year’s program features Juana Bordas, head of Mestiza Leadership International, speaking on women’s leadership roles in a multicultural age of changing values. Bordas is the author of the acclaimed book, “Salsa, Soul and Spirit.”  Her work promotes a new leadership model for women, based on the power of “we.”

Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 337-2000
www.mintmuseum.org

Price: Click here to view prices.

Charlotte takes its name from a queen of England, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III, mother of 15 children, patron of the arts and avid gardener. She is also rumored to have had African American blood. Have a look at her portrait, painted from life by Sir Alex Ramsey in 1762, in the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. It is part of the permanent collection, along with a selection of artifacts from her reign. While you’re at the Mint, explore the history of the museum, driven by women art enthusiasts including Mary Myers Dwell and many others, in the Heritage Gallery on the ground floor.

Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000
www.mintmuseum.org

Price: Click here for prices.
Date: Through June 16

The works of Columbian artist Débora Arango (1907-2005) explore the themes of poverty, violence, and a variety of issues concerning women. One of the founders of modern art in Columbia, she presents the civil and social strife of her country in vivid images that have their first exhibition in the United States at the Mint through June 16. On March 5 at 7 p.m., Davidson College’s Dr. Magdalena Maiz-Peña will give a free lecture titled “Débora Arango and Frida Kahlo: Women Artists/Activists of Latin America.”  Just outside the Mint’s entrance, see another artwork created by a woman: the magnificent mirrored “Firebird,” the work of French sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.

Related: Best 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In Charlotte

Spring Forward
Booth Playhouse
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.carolinecalouche.org

Price: Click here for prices.
Date: March 22 and March 23 – 8 p.m.

Local dancer Caroline Cartouche and her company present her unique blend of modern and aerial dance in works that push the limits of gravity, momentum, and the human body. Taking to the air via trapezes, bungee cords and lengths of silk, the company is in the forefront of one of the fastest growing types of dance in the world today. The evening performances at the Booth Playhouse are recommended for ages 13 and up. A matinee on Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m., is designed for younger audiences.

Women of Distinction
Westin Hotel
601 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 731-6500
www.hngirlscouts.org

Price: Click here for prices.
Time: April 11 – 8 p.m.

Presented by the Hornets’ Nest Council of the Girl Scouts of America, this event honors women in the community with a variety of awards. Categories include Lifetime Achievement and Young Woman of Achievement, as well as awards for community building, environmental leadership, healthy living and STEM (science, engineering, technology and math). Looking for a more low-key way to help the Girl Scouts? Buy some cookies; the annual cookie drive continues through March.

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