Doors to the Regitz Gallery open at 5:30 pm, featuring a month-long (through March 27th) art exhibit exploring the many creative ways that women mother: to raise up families, communities, businesses, and expressions of art. Vendor tables will line the lobby promoting women-owned businesses and community-based organizations that support women. Performance artists take the stage in Steinman Hall at 6:30 p.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. The event is not ticketed, and free and open to the public. Curated to destigmatize traditional motherhood and to celebrate other ways of mothering, expressions of visual art, music, spoken word, dance, theatre, embellished textiles, business, and social offerings will illustrate the myriad ways women conceptualize, nurture, and raise our communities. The art exhibit will feature The Tablecloth Project, a massive textile piece birthed from the idea that the dinner table has always been a central focus in the home for collaboration, communication, and nurturing. Artist and project director, Jenny Schulder Brant, envisioned a very long table, adorned with a cloth designed and embroidered by female community members. The Tablecloth Project has been embraced by the community and has become a collaborative piece of art. Predominantly made of panels designed by female artists, the project will also include panels from organizations in Lancaster that are run by and/or support women, that are sewn together, representing the many voices of women, and their conceptualizations of mothering. The Femina Network would like to give special thanks to Tricia Fackler and Atomic Design for their generous contribution of material, and expertise to The Tablecloth Project. Stage performers include Julia and Cienna Kamanda, Geraldine McCritty (also a visual artist, and tablecloth contributor) and Marion CoCo Coleman, Rita Clarke, Rubi Nicholas, Manushi Tanna, Sena Taskapilioglu and Holly Andrew, and Rachel Anderson-Rabern. Additionally, Advocates for Native Nations/Circle Legacy/Spirit Wing including Hannah Jacobs-Keller and Elena Glaudin (Lumbee Nation), Barbara Christy (Seneca Nation), Carolyn Rittenhouse (Lakota Sioux Nation), and MaryAnn Robins (Onondage Nation). Visual artists are Alicia Martin Girvin-Potter, Attufat Akbar, Daksha Tanna, Elm Timms, Emily Truman, Gail Gray, Gretta James, Jennifer VonStein, Jenny Schulder Brant, Leigh Lindsay, Libby Modern, Liliana Arias, Loryn Spangler-Jones, Mimi Shapiro, Nicole Gochnaur, Orla Story, Rose Carlson, Salina Almanzar, Susan J. Gottleib, and Virginia Quinones Ettelman. Contributors to the tablecloth are Christa Wissler, Debbie Serdy, Heidi Leitzke, Jeanne Martin and CWS Sewing Circle, Jill Good, Laura Roberts, Mary Schroeder, Natalie Lascek, Salina Almanzar (also visual artist), Sarah Shirk, Sarah Ulrich, Schirlyn Kamara + Handz on Hope Community, Yarlin Rosario, Janell Almodovar, and program participants from the Safe House and Bridge House programs at Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County. Vendors include Handwork House, Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County, Salone Rising, Herd of Hope Horse Rescue, Laura Timms, My Herbal Apothecary, Creative Small Business Solutions, Lancaster Farmacy, Herbs from the Labyrinth, LLC and Radiance, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lancaster, Laurie Somma, Lori Stahl (no cost sound healing), and Tara Lynn Hoffmaster (no cost chair massages). The Femina Network We are a network of diverse women. We celebrate our differences and find power in our shared understanding of what unites us as women. We are businesswomen, workers, academics, caregivers, laborers, artists, health professionals, mothers. We employ work strategies that are creative and revolutionary; they are distinguished by their reliance on qualities typically associated with women—nurturing, loving, caring, supportive, relational, and strong. We reject the marginalization of our gender in our homes, in our places of work, and in our communities. Femina facilitates social connection and supports women being well in the world as it is, while (re)creating a world that is healthier for us and for our families. We seek to change our community and its institutions through authentic action that reflects who we are as women. We evolve and grow in response to what we learn from our community and ourselves. “What do you do?” is a fair question. And right now, we are connecting women, building our network, and getting ready for our big, inaugural event: OtherMother. Visit www.wearefemina.com for more information and a listing of female-centered community events.