Women of color provide important leadership in the city of Cincinnati, working in all sectors and volunteering their time for a better Cincinnati. Yet, as a group, they also face a multitude of challenges, including an alarmingly high poverty rate, elevated rates of health problems, and other inequities. The exhibition centers the voices and experiences of women of color in Cincinnati, sharing their visions of and hopes for the future. It draws on community-partnered research coordinated by The Cincinnati Project at the University of Cincinnati.
Centering the experiences, visions, and voices of women of color in Cincinnati, the exhibition poses five questions: What is home? What is community? What is ours? What is fair? What is action? The exhibition includes opportunities for visitors to contribute their own stories, to connect to resources and support, and become actively involved with local organizations working to create policy changes that will improve the employment, economic, housing, and community experiences of women of color in Cincinnati.
Funded in part by grants from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, The Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation, and the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati. The exhibition is curated and designed by Dr. Stephanie Sadre-Orafai and Matthew Wizinsky, with design assistance from Munazza Aijaz. Matthew Swaidan, Simple Wood Goods, fabricated the exhibition. Dr. Jennifer Malat directed the project.