Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women. Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science, literature, business, community-building and social outreach.
Programs will be held at various locations throughout the city from September 2018-June 2019.
A full calendar listing will be updated here regularly.
Springfield Museums Exhibition Opening Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
This exhibition of pioneering woman artist Isabel Bishop will showcase her paintings of the “new women” of the early 20thcentury who entered the workforce in large numbers and set the stage for future generations of women to challenge traditional definitions of femininity. In addition to the display of her original paintings, the exhibition will contextualize Isabel Bishop within the work of other renowned women artists that include Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, and provide opportunities for visitors to experience a recreation of her studio and a streetscape of Union Square.
November 13, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Wood Museum of Springfield History complementary exhibit– Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in Springfield.
The exhibit hopes to tell the story of women in Springfield in a broad sense that reflects what’s happening at the national level. The exhibit will feature women from all walks of life such as health care, social services, volunteers, factory workers, teachers, office workers, etc. The exhibit also hopes to explore women in politics, from the first woman to vote in Springfield (an African-American) to the first woman mayor, and the roles women took on during both of the World Wars.
January 15, 7pm
Springfield Jewish Community Center – Literatour: Author Kitty Zeldis discusses Not Our Kind Set in postwar New York City, Not Our Kind illuminates the lives of two women – one Jewish, one a WASP – on the cusp of change and asks how much our pasts can and should define our futures.
January 24, 12:15pm
Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lecture– The Power of Women: Celebrating Women from Central and Western Massachusetts from the 1600s to the Present Dayfrom Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor, The Republican Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Wayne Phaneuf will discuss the new book which is part of The Republicanheritage series which is a history of women in western and central Massachusetts from 1600s to present.
This lecture will be followed by a Springfield Museums’ members only Continuing Conversation presented by docent Pat McCarthy who will be discussing the special exhibit Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in Springfield.
January 31, 12:15pm
Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lecture– The Springfield Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Women Composerswith Kirsten Lipkens, Education Director, Springfield Symphony Orchestra Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Kirsten will discuss the Symphony’s upcoming concert on 2/2/19. The first half of this concert features American women composers. A brief overview of these pieces as well as some insight into women composers throughout history will be given. She will also bring along a local woman composer to discuss her work, and even engage the audience in some creative activities that explore musical composition.
Kevin Rhodes, Conductor
Amy Beach – Bal Masqué, Op.22
Joan Tower – 5th and 6th Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman
Jennifer Higdon – Blue Cathedral
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35
February 7, 7pm
Springfield Jewish Community Center – Literatour: Author Jamie Bernstein discusses Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. This event features a festive reception and a special performance by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, who will play a selection of Bernstein music on the piano.
Co-sponsored by Yiddish Book Center, Glenmeadow Retirement, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Bay Path University’s Kaleidoscope Series.
February 12, 8-9:30am
Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts – Troublesome Board Members: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly with Rima Dael. Delaney House
February 14, 12:15pm
Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lecture– Love and Art in the Marriage of Stieglitz and O’Keeffe: The Wages of Comittmentfrom Daniel Bullen author
Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Artists are famously rewarding but also difficult lovers. When two first-rank artists pair up, the complex interplay of creativities can lead to great works of art—and the competition of creative egos can lead to great personal tragedies—both for the artists themselves, and for the lovers who are drawn into their circles. Daniel Bullen will talk about the marriage between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, who were married from 1924 until Stieglitz’ death in 1946. Through creative downpours and droughts, through affairs and nervous breakdowns, across great distances, artistic styles and temperaments, their enduring marriage describes the intersection of great individual talent and great devotion, and constitutes a work of art in itself. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show of the works their relationship generated, and it will be followed by discussion. Daniel Bullen is the author of The Love Lives of the Artists: Five Stories of Creative Intimacy, (Counterpoint Press, 2011), and The Dangers of Passion: The Transcendental Friendship of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller (Levellers Press, 2012). He lives in western Massachusetts.
Following the lecture, there will be a Continuing Conversation for Springfield Museums’ members. Docent Deena Maniscalchi will discuss how Springfield native Belle Townsley and her husband George Walter Vincent Smith’s love for collecting paintings and artifacts from all over the world led to them to opening up the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in 1895.
February 26, 7pm
Springfield Jewish Community Center – Literatour: Author Lynda Cohen Loigman discusses The Wartime Sisters Two estranged sister, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of World War II. Resentment festers between the two and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.
Co-sponsored by the Springfield Armory National Historic Site
February 28, 12:15pm
Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lecture– Images of Longmeadowfrom Thomas L. Higgins MD, MBA, Physician and Historian, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Case Management, Natick MA, and Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Springfield MA Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Originally called Masacksic (translated as “Long Meddowe” by early settlers), Longmeadow was settled by Puritans in 1636, and became independent from Springfield in 1784. Famous residents include Stephen Williams, the “boy captive” of Deerfield, Richard Salter Storrs, Nathaniel Ely, Eleazer Williams, Samuel “Marchant” Colton, Reverent Samuel Wolcott, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, and Mary Ida Young. Longmeadow’s rich history was documented by Paesiello Emerson, bootmaker and Civil War veteran who took up photography in retirement, and captured more than 1,500 glass-plate images of Longmeadow between 1900 and 1927. Dr. Higgins will illustrate the history of Longmeadow with selected images from his recent book “Images of America: Longmeadow” published by Arcadia in 2018.
Following the lecture there will be a Continuing Conversation for Springfield Museums’ members. Docent Jerre Hoffman will discuss the Young Family and their Pierce Arrow Automobile on display in the Wood Museum of Springfield History.
Programs focusing on women authors and women from Springfield held in the Main Library and City library branches. March 2019.
Drama Studio THE WOLVES. A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting The Wolves is a bold, raw, and strikingly real depiction of teen American girls and the struggles and challenges they face. Set on a soccer field during pre-game warmups, the teammates discuss politics, history, race, sexuality, school, sports, and their hopes and fears, all in a voice that is refreshingly contemporary and relevant. Simple and profound, hilarious and tragic, The Wolves is a defining play for a new generation.
Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm Sunday, March 10 at 3pm, Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm, Sunday, March 17 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale: February 15th, 2019
March 12 at 8-9:30am
Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts – Sustainability for the Future with Kathleen Sharkey. Delaney House
March 14, 12:15pm
Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lecture– Georgia O’Keeffe, At Home in New Mexicofrom Maggie North, Acting Curator of Art, Springfield Museums Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
The Springfield Museums’ painting New Mexican Landscape by Georgia O’Keeffe was created in 1930, just one year after the artist made her first trip to the state. Prior to traveling to New Mexico, O’Keeffe had become well known in New York City for her paintings of flowers, which were exhibited at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery. However, the vast landscapes, open skies, and indigenous art of the American Southwest captivated O’Keeffe and had a transformative effect on her art. She would return to the state frequently before moving permanently in 1949. In a letter to art critic Henry McBride, she wrote, “I never felt at home in the East like I do out here […] I feel like myself again—and I like it.” Through a close look at her art and public image, this lecture will explore the way in which O’Keeffe’s move to New Mexico enabled her to forge an independent path.
Following the lecture there will be a Continuing Conversation for Springfield Museums’ members. Docent Kate Belhumeur will discuss the special exhibition Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention, a contemporary of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Monday, March 18 in the evening
Women’s Fund of Western MA– Fundraiser. An evening in Springfield honoring Dianne Doherty and featuring Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Springfield Museums– We Can Do It: A Celebration of Girls and Women
Celebrate Women’s History Month in Springfield with special exhibits including work by Isabel Bishop, a dynamic Modern female artist who depicted women in motion, and Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women & Work in Springfield. Special activities include the chance to learn from women in museum careers; along with different ways they can make their world a better place. Women’s History Month patches for Girl Scouts are available at the council shop.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Springfield Symphony Orchestra– Beethoven’s 5th & Liszt.
Claire Huangci, Piano | Kevin Rhodes, Conductor
Friday, March 29, 2019
Keynote Speaker and concurrent sessions to be determined. MassMutual Center.
Saturday, March 30
Over 100 young women will convene at Springfield College to enjoy an interactive experience consisting of engaging workshops, lunch, and the opportunity to meet others. Created by seven women who were born and/or raised in Springfield, the summit strives to inspire, empower and enrich the lives of young women in grades 8-12.
Our free summit provides a safe space for young women to participate in activities focused on self-esteem, social awareness, financial literacy, higher education, mental health, healthy relationships and many other 21st century skills. Our attendees will have the opportunity to connect with and inspire each other, which will lead to an interconnected community of empowered, driven Queens, ready to take on the world.
April 9 at 8-9:30am
Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts– Goal Setting and Strategic Planning with Kristin Leutz. Delaney House
May 15 at 8-9:30am
Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts– Even Venue Panel with various speakers. Delaney House
Women’s Fund of Western MA– Presentation of Status Report about Girls & Women from the Public Health Institute of Western MA. Date TBD
Women@Work Participating Organizations
Art for the Soul Gallery • bankESB • Bay Path University • Baystate Health • Community Music School • Deliso Financial Services • Drama Studio • Health New England • MassLive/The Republican • MassMutual • MGM Springfield • NEPR • Northwestern Mutual • PAHMUSA • Partners For Community • Professional Women’s Chamber • Public Health Institute of Western MA • Simply Grace • Six Point Creative • Springfield Armory • Springfield City Library • Springfield Central Cultural District • Springfield Museums • Springfield Public Forum • Springfield Symphony • St. Germain Investments • TSM Design • UMass • Valley Venture Mentors • WGBY • Women’s Fund of Western MA • Women in Philanthropy of Western MA • YWCA
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