The “First worldwide cultural event on social networks” is committed to gender equality, and the cross-cutting theme for 2017 is Women in the Arts.
What is MuseumWeek?
Held from 19 – 25 June, #MuseumWeek is an international online event celebrating and showcasing all things from cultural institutions over 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags! It will provide an opportunity for them to share and discuss their special passions with the public on social networks, using hashtags dedicated to the event (eg. #FoodMW, #SportsMW, #MusicMW, #StoriesMW, #BooksMW, #TravelsMW, #HeritageMW)
This year, every day of the event, the hashtag #WomenMW will allow participants to think about the role of women in the Arts.
Why a tribute to women?
Women are much less visible in the Arts than one might think. At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of women artists reported that “less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections [of the MET] are women, but 85% of the nudes are female”. And today, among the 500 best-selling artists in the world, only 19 are women…
For the NGO Aware, it is clear that “Women artists are under-represented, if not completely absent, in art books, exhibitions and museum collections”.
So, with #MuseumWeek from June 19th to June 25th, and more generally all year long, let’s ask ourselves about our own artistic practices and work to promote women in the Arts!
UNESCO and Fondation CHANEL support MuseumWeek 2017.