Women Creating Art for Peace and Gender Justice WILPF Arts Committee and 20 Years of Collaboration

Wednesday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exhibit open 12:00 - 8:00 pm each day


The Minnesota Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) chapter arts committee is a group of activists, artists, and scholars who aim to share and engage others in the stories of global women and raise public awareness of global and local issues of concern in women's public and private lives. Its members use their many and varied skills as artists to accomplish the goals of WILPF.

This retrospective exhibition documents the images, photos, videos, paintings, costumes, and other media that highlight the work and experiences of WILPF and celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of WILPF, the 20th Anniversary of the UN Beijing Conference on Women, and the 93rd Anniversary of the Minnesota WILPF chapter. Activities include: Daily programs, videos, events and artists' interactions.

Press release March 30, 2015

Read The Villager article highlighting this exhibit: Women's league celebrates century of political activism: MN chapter examines efforts it has made for peace, gender justice.

*MN WILPF Arts Committee

Program Schedule:

All programs will be held at the Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.  Ample parking is available in the lot.  All programs are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, April 22: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
WILPF 100th Anniversary Party with founder Jane Addams
Women's Drum Center Performance
Arts Committee


Thursday, April 23: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Janika Vandervelde, Composer
Student composers from Perpich Center for Arts Education


Friday, April 24: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Poetry Book
--Marilyn Cuneo & Naima Richmond
Quilt Project--Diane Knust
Peace Train--Donna Malum


Saturday, April 25:  2:00 - 4:00 pm
erri Hawthorne & Liz Dodson
Photos, Books, Shrine


Saturday, April 25:  4:00 - 6:00 pm
Puppets for Peace--
Luella Greene
Sandwich Boards, Parades, Exhibitions, Conferences, Workshops--Terri Hawthorne


Saturday, April 25:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
"I See Hope in Your Eyes"
Naima Richmond


Sunday, April 26:  2:00 - 4:00 pm
"Forward Global Women"-
-Senator Sandra Pappas

Sunday, April 26:  4:00 - 6:00 pm
"My Spirit Longs to Soar"-
-Story of Mary Yang, Hmong immigrant

Sunday, April 26:  6:00 - 8:00 pm


Monday, April 27: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Naima Richmond, Liz Dodson, Terri Hawthrone, Marilyn Cuneo


Tuesday, April 28:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Exhibition & Related Programs--
Liz Dodson & Marilyn Cuneo


Wednesday, April 29:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
"UN Documents & UN Women"--
Cheryl Thomas, Founder Global Women's Rights

WILPF is an international non-government organization dedicated to working for the empowerment of women, the elimination of armed conflict and violence, the defense of human rights, and the creation of just and peaceful societies with equality for all. WILPF has been creating art on peace and justice issues and telling stories of global women through multiple modalities.

Artists include: Marilyn Cuneo, Liz Dodson, Luella Greene, Terri Berthiaume Hawthorne, Diane Knust, Donna Malum, Naima Richmond, Paula Phillips Staff, Janika Vandervelde.  

Inactive members: Pat Darling, Debra Olson, Mary Eileen Sorenson, Jill Waterhouse

Deceased members: Dorothy Crabb, Isabel Rife, Lovey Lein

Over 100 Collaborators including Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, Women’s Drum Center, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, WARM, Advocates for Human Rights, MN Alliance of Peace Makers, and Metropolitan State U, U of MN, and Mankato State U.

Program Speakers:


Senator Sandy Pappas was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1984, where she served three terms. In 1990 she was elected to the Minnesota State Senate and is now serving her 7th term. Currently Senator Pappas is the ranking minority member in the Higher Education Committee and also serves on the Capital Investment and Commerce and Consumer Protection Committees. As a long time member and former chair of the Higher Education Budget and Policy Committee, Pappas has championed numerous efforts to insure the exceptional quality of Minnesota’s institutions and affordable access to its colleges and universities. She has carried a number of initiatives including funding for the University of Minnesota/ Mayo Biosciences Partnership; the introduction of an accountability framework for the state’s higher ed institutions and the Minnesota Dream Act, which would allow all graduates of Minnesota high schools, including the children of undocumented immigrants, to attend Minnesota colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. Beyond her accomplishments in the area of higher education, Pappas is known as a human rights and women’s advocate, a consumer protection watchdog and a protector of the environment. She has passed legislation to prohibit the trafficking of persons; to curtail investment of state pension funds in companies complicit in genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan; to provide emergency contraception for sexual assault victims; to eliminate predatory lending practices, regulate debt settlement companies and to require that state-funded construction and renovation of buildings do not produce an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to her Senate responsibilities, Pappas serves on the board for World Without Genocide and is Vice President of the Women Legislators’ Lobby. She is also the chair and founding member of Forward Global Women, an organization that provides leadership training opportunities for women in the Middle East. Born in Hibbing, Minnesota, Pappas attended the University of Minnesota, graduated from Metropolitan State University, and earned an MPA degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Cheryl Thomas is an attorney who works internationally to promote women's human rights. She is Executive Director of Global Rights for Women. She has provided technical assistance to the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Council of Europe, the United States Department of State and other institutions on legal reform on violence against women. She is the former Director of the Women's Human Rights Program at the Advocates for Human Rights. Since 1994, Ms. Thomas has traveled throughout Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries and Morocco to work with local groups and individuals to promote women's human rights. She has published numerous articles and reports on violence against women as a human rights abuse. In 2008, she was selected to be one of 15 experts from around the world to participate in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on good practices in legislation on violence against women. Ms. Thomas was named one of 150 “Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek in 2011 for her work with local partners around the world writing laws that better protect women and girls. After receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983, Ms. Thomas practiced law at the Minnesota Attorney General's office and was a partner at the law firm, Briggs and Morgan. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School where she taught Women’s International Human Rights from 1996 – 2002. From 1999 to 2001 she served as Executive Director of WATCH, a court monitoring organization focused on cases of violence against women and children.