SPRINGFIELD, MA: Springfield Armory National Historic Site will offer a daily dose of original art created by local students through an online exhibit via Facebook from July 27th through August 26th. The exhibit: The Art of Equality: Celebrating the Leadership of Women Workers in Springfield, consists of 30 original pieces of art developed by students in art classes from seven local schools.
Through a partnership with The International Fiber Collaborative and area schools, students from elementary to high school age created original artwork focusing on women and their roles as leaders in the Springfield community and the Armory. The students examined how the experiences and expectations of women changed over time, especially after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote for all citizens regardless of sex. Other topics included women in the workforce, particularly during World War I and II, a period which challenged the status quo and forever changed the face of the American work force.
Each day, beginning July 27th through August 26th, 2020, an original piece of art will be posted on the Springfield Armory Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sparnhs. The online art exhibit will coincide with Women’s Equality Day on August 26th and the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Amy Glowacki, Program Manager for Interpretation and Education commented that, “Though we were not able to exhibit the artwork in the museum this year due to COVID 19, we are excited to still be able to share and celebrate the amazing work by the students through our Facebook page.”
The following schools and teachers who participated this year are, East Street School, Ludlow; teacher Gloria Walker, West Springfield High School, teachers Anne Charron and Heather Kasunik; Westhampton Elementary School, teacher Mrs. Natalee Dias; Milford High School, teacher Marcia Anzalone; Dorman Elementary School Springfield, MA, teacher Therese Desaulnier; Williamsburg Elementary School, teacher Mrs. Natalee Dias; and Glenwood Elementary School, Springfield, MA, teacher: Rosemary O’Shei.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794-1968), and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. For information call 413-734-8551 or check www.nps.gov/spar.