The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) recently launched its inaugural “Seen and Heard” exhibit at Tapp’s Arts Center. A selection of artist photography will now be present at the South Carolina Statehouse (1100 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201) lobby on March 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a brief media conference at noon featuring Representative Wendy Brawley, Senator Mia McLeod, WREN Community Engagement Coordinator Megan Plassmeyer, and several Seen and Heard community artists.
Members of the media and general public are invited to attend the media conference, which is a brief call to action in support of elevating the voices of women and girls around our state.
Through Seen and Heard, photography has been used as a means of expressing the opportunities and barriers that women and gender minorities face within our community. During the course of the three-hour launch event on Feb. 1, over 600 community members were recorded in attendance. The Seen and Heard project now aims to move this exhibition across our region, connecting policymakers and community leaders with the authentic, grassroots experiences of residents in the Midlands.
“The artists featured in this exhibit give us a glimpse into their everyday lives, the challenges they face, and the dreams they have. WREN and all our partners stand with these girls and women and support their vision of making South Carolina a better place for us all to live, “said Megan Plassmeyer, WREN Community Engagement Coordinator.
The Seen and Heard project is made possible by support from Central Carolina Community Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Project artists were recruited in partnership with: Every Black Girl, Girls Rock Columbia, Homeless No More, PASOS, Sowing Seeds into the Midlands, the Hive Community Circle, and Indie Grits Labs.