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Art exhibit to lift up East Tennessee women

Johnson City Press • Aug 26, 2018 at 5:00 AM

An upcoming art exhibit in Jonesborough will help women face community and family challenges related to poverty, domestic violence, educational barriers, job training, health issues and others.

The weeklong Journeys of Women VI art show opens to the public on Friday, Aug. 31 at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough, to show off the work of artists in the region and raise money for The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, a group that advocates for and serves low-income women and girls in 25 counties in our corner of the state.

The nonprofit organization aims to transform the lives of the people it serves, and has awarded more than $300,000 over the years to 16 organizations to help achieve that goal.

Past grants have been made to Tusculum College, the Red Legacy program in Elizabethton and the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County.

Its yearly art show, at which paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, wood, sculptures and other pieces are offered for sale, is a major fundraiser to carry out its mission. Last year, the group’s board committed $328,000 over four years to build a network of organizations in the region to improve access to education and mentoring opportunities.

Board members believe the network will help to change the narrative discouraging women to seek higher education “into a cultural mindset that every woman and girl deserves to make the most of herself by taking advantage of opportunities to further her education.”

The Women’s Fund would like to see a higher number of young women in post-secondary or technical education, a coordination of education resources among the network’s members and more attention to public policy for women and girls centered on education.

For more information, visit www.womensfundetn.org.

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