Art, performances kick off Women's History Month

The second annual Women of Arts event titled "I'm Every Woman" kicked off Ball State University's celebration of Women's History Month with performances from singers, dancers and poets.

Director of the Multicultural Center Patricia Lovett said she's seen similar programs at other universities, and she thought it was a good idea to bring it to Ball State.

Lovett said a campus-wide email notified potential performers of the event and allowed them to sign up to perform, and she also came into contact with some performers through other events on campus.

Eleven performers sang, danced and read poetry during the event.

Angela Willis showed some of the canning glass stained art originally created for Minnetrista's gift store. She said the business has really taken off since she started selling her artwork.

"Because Muncie was built on the ‘gas boom,' which was centered around canned glass, it only seemed natural to create this art using those materials," Willis said.

Senior communications major Ashley Johnson recited a prose for her performance.

"I was a bit nervous, but I think it's worth it," she said. "I don't think women artists are appreciated and this will promote artists and women."

Johnson is training to be a motivational speaker, and she said this was good practice.

"I had already recited this prose for the Immersive Learning program and felt it really connected here," she said.

Freshmen Tatum Brown and Katrina Foree said they enjoyed the acts but were really drawn to Jessica Tindal and her performance of a self-written song "Can't Hold Me Down."

"Her words were really meaningful and that's something you rarely get any more, especially because she wrote it," Brown said.

Foree said her roommate Ashley Marable's performance of Alicia Keys song "Diary" was her favorite act.

"Ashley did a really good job but I knew pretty much all of the words because I'd listened to it a hundred times while she practiced," she said.

Sophomore business major Terrance Veals said he had a hard time picking a favorite from the performers.

"Everyone was wonderful," he said. "It was really good how intimate they kept it even with such a big auditorium."

Fast facts:
Second annual Women of Arts event
Hosted by Multicultural Center
11 performers and 4 artists on display

Upcoming events:
7 p.m. March 16 at Pruis Hall- Vanessa German: Women... The Power of You
3 p.m. March 17 at the Multicultural Center- Perspective Discussion: The Portrayal of Black Women in the Media
7 p.m. March 24 at Pruis Hall- Heritage Film Series: "Precious"


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