Did you know the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts is in Washington, D.C.? With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) inspires dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. The museum addresses gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past. It also promotes great women artists working today.
*Note: The NMWA is currently going through a massive renovation. This is the building’s first full renovation since 1987. Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the building closure, renovation, and campaign. Construction began on September 1, 2021, and will be completed in two years.
More Online Engagement
- The museum’s blog Broad Strokes informs online visitors about women artists in the collections, helps them explore exhibitions in greater detail, and provides vital information about gender disparity in the arts.
- The @WomenInTheArts social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram amplify the museum’s collection, programs, publications, and advocacy by connecting with global audiences.
- The award-winning #5WomenArtists campaign raises awareness about gender equity issues in the arts and has initiated tangible, real-world impacts for artists and arts organizations around the world.
Free Online Activities
See For Yourself Cards: Create your own museum experience using these fun, interactive art cards. See for Yourself cards correspond to selected works from NMWA’s collection and special exhibitions. Use them to engage with artworks and discover fascinating facts.
Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Curriculum: The ABC curriculum consists of 14 lessons, which combine visual arts and writing activities. ABC introduces students to artworks by women, as well as basic art vocabulary and concepts. It leads students through the process of creating artists’ books in a range of book formats. Designed for 4th- and 5th-graders, the curriculum can be differentiated for other grade levels.
NMWA advocates for women artists—and you can, too. For centuries, social conventions limited the training available to women artists, the subjects they could render, and the ways they could market art to patrons. Although gender bias is less overt today, contemporary women artists still face obstacles and disparities. Moreover, historical trailblazers deserve to have their stories told.
- Learn more about NMWA’s advocacy work and how you can take action.
- There are also many ways to donate to the museum and support its work.
- You can also purchase items at the museum’s online gift shop.
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