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“Paint Out Patriarchy” for Women’s Studies

Written by: Mikaela ConleyFebruary 16, 2017

IPFW Women’s Studies Program will be hosting Paint Out Patriarchy at Wunderkammer from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Community Friends of Women’s Studies, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a better Fort Wayne Community by supporting and encouraging students enrolled in the IPFW Women’s Studies Program, said Monica Young, a member of the board.

CFWS funds all of the women’s studies scholarships and awards made available to students. Their annual fundraiser determines how well the group can encourage and support local students, Young said.

The CFWS board members came up with the idea of the fundraiser as. Several of the members are artists, so they knew incorporating a creative or artistic element into the annual fundraiser was something they needed to do, Young said.

The event will be a “feminist take on the popular ‘Wine and Canvas’ events,” Young said.

Canvases, brushes and paint will be provided, but CFWS asks that people bring their creativity and a sense of humor.

There will also be appetizers, sweets and a cash bar offered, Young said.

The Women’s Studies Program is currently planning events for Women’s History Month. The theme this year is “Women and Politics.”

IPFW is the only university in northern Indiana that offers a major in women’s studies.

Young said the program has seen increased enthusiasm for the department since it was reinstated last fall.

“For instance, in January the women’s studies honor society, Iota Iota Iota, held its largest induction of new members to date. There is an increase in enthusiasm surrounding the discipline of women’s studies at IPFW,” Young said.

For more information, email wost@ipfw.edu. Tickets can be purchased at cfwsinc.com.