Women, Arts, and Social Change

  • FRESH TALK participants on stage
    FRESH TALK speakers, May 21, 2017; Photo: Yassine el Mansouri, NMWA
  • Fresh Talk participants seated at a long table for Sunday Supper
    Sunday Supper, a communal meal served family-style; Photo: Kevin Allen, NMWA
  • Four Fresh Talk participants drink and chat during Catalyst Cocktail hour
    Catalyst Cocktail Hour, Photo: Yassine el Mansouri, NMWA

Join us for FRESH TALK on gender, equity, the environment, identity, education, health, social and economic opportunity, and more.

Women, Arts, and Social Change is a public program initiative highlighting the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change that launched in October 2015. FRESH TALK, the signature program of the initiative, expands the dialogue on what it means to be champions of women through the arts. Programs feature curated conversations with leading innovators and thought leaders from a range of disciplines discussing cause-driven topics that are relevant to diverse audiences today.

Add your voice to the conversation: each program concludes with a Sunday Supper served family-style, or Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist.

Cultural Capital program partnerships with leading D.C.-area organizations connect the museum with new audiences for programs with a cause-driven focus. See the calendar for upcoming Cultural Capital programs.

2017–2018 Fresh Talk Schedule:

SEP 17 2017

Fresh Talk: Judy Chicago—AMPLIFY

NOV 12 2017

Fresh Talk Forum: El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project

MAR 18 2018

Fresh Talk: Righting the Balance—Can there be gender parity in museums?

APR 15 2018

Fresh Talk: Directing Change

JUN 13 2018

Fresh Talk: Out Loud


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The Women, Arts, and Social Change public program initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas, the MLDauray Arts Initiative, and the Swartz Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation, Marcia and Frank Carlucci, Deborah G. Carstens, the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

National Museum of Women in the Arts