The Women’s Rights Information Center, Metro Community Center, and the Woman’s Club of Englewood are partnering with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative to bring to fruition The Women’s Mural Project: Celebrating the Significance of Black Suffragists and Black Women in Englewood in downtown Englewood, NJ.

This would be a great opportunity for any of our US based artists. The deadline is soon, September 10.

Here is what you need to do to participate in this amazing art project: 

  • Develop a basic understanding of African American history in Englewood, NJ.
  • Develop a design concept that is inspired by the lives and significance of the Black Suffragists and Black women in Englewood.
  • Participate in two public meetings to listen to community stories and facilitate any needed activities to glean mural content.
  • Incorporate the stories/vision and feedback from partners to finalize the design.
  • Attend up to three planning and/or check-in meetings with partners (virtual or in-person).
  • Present two draft concepts to partners for feedback and selection.
  • Translate approved final design into a large-scale mural for installation on site.
  • Plan and implement the installation of the mural and collaborate with ArtsBergen and partners to complete the artwork within the contracted supply budget and schedule in Spring 2022.
  • Attend the mural dedication during Juneteeth week 2022.

For all the of the important details, head over to Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative

According to The National Parks Service, Isabella Baumfree, later known as Sojourner Truth, said, “And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?”

That quote still sends chills through my body. I lived in Seneca Falls, the birthplace for Women’s rights, so I have a unique appreciation for this mural being planned. 

Her Blaze artist Marisa Quartin has many pieces on her Instagram page that makes me think she would be the perfect artist for this, if only she were from the United States! Just look at this piece she created.

With ancestors linked to Trinidad, and using her art as activism, she is the exact kind of artist who would create a mural that would make people stop and look! 

Marisa Quartin

As the amazing Chadwick Boseman said in the movie “Marshall”, ““The Constitution was not written for us. We know that. But no matter what it takes, we’re going to make it work for us. From now on, we claim it as our own.”

This mural being created is just another way for that to happen. We would love to hear from anyone who has decided to submit work for this mural.

Comment below and share your social media page so we can appreciate your work. Also, head over to Her Blaze to find out how you can also become one of our artists!

As today is the day we lost the amazing Princess Diana, I wanted to leave you with this quote, “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

Start caring for your favorite artist and send them the link so they can participate in the painting of this amazingly touching mural. 

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