Breaking Artistic Barriers: An evening of women empowerment, Oct. 24, in Morris Township

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Breaking Artistic Barriers: An Evening of Women Empowerment is coming to the Morris Museum in Morris Township this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 from 6 pm to 10 p.m.

The event celebrates our diverse community of local female artists and showcases their creative artwork. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists at a reception from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Proceeds go to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy.

“Artistic expression is a valuable component of the shared human experience. I wanted to create an event to give back to the women artists in my community who have done so much to provide a transformative experience for those who view their art through their unique expressive lens. Their dedication has inspired many, including me – as an artist, and as an individual,” said Morris Knolls High School student Meghana Maddali, the organizer of the art night.

In the past, Meghana was a student leader for March for Our Lives Morristown and the lead organizer for a voter registration push across local high schools in several counties.

Recently, she coordinated a Climate Change Awareness event at her school through the social activism club that she founded.

Several pieces of art will be available during a silent auction. Local artists who have committed to donating their art include Dannielle Mick, Alice Harrison, Laurie Harden, Laurel Clark, and Sarah Engle.

The pieces are unique to the artists’ own perspectives and carry a diversity of meanings. The artists have inspired others in the community, including the next generation of artists. Updates and interviews can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Attendees will meet the artists and while viewing their work and enjoying hors d’oeuvres donated by Bhog caterers (a company led by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef). The ticket includes access to all current exhibits in the Morris Museum.

Meghana, as an artist and social activist, chose the League of Women Voters of New Jersey as the beneficiary of her art event because “the League has worked for their community by elevating the voices of those around them.”

Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. General admission (advanced purchase) is $35; Students & Seniors, $15; Groups of four, $100; Children (12 & under), free. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Donations are welcome and can be made through Eventbrite or at the door. Checks are payable to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. The museum provides free parking and is handicap-accessible. If you have questions, send them here.

Attend for the art. Stay for the community.

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