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Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 06:34 AM EDT

Pen And Brush Continues Its Mission To Advocate For Women In The Arts

Female artists and writers are in trouble. It has been half a century since the second wave of American feminism challenged gender inequality, and yet it’s no secret that women continue to be underrepresented and undervalued – and the literary and visual arts are no exception.

Pen and Brush is the only non-profit organization dedicated to creating a platform for women in literary and visual arts. The 120-year-old organization exhibits and publishes high-quality, professional work by female artists and writers to be seen by the art world and the public at large. This fall marks a watershed moment for Pen and Brush, with the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art facility in New York’s Flatiron district and a renewed focus on advocacy, mentoring, and representing female artists and writers in ways that will significantly impact their careers.

“We’re looking at our historical mission to bring the work of women in the arts to the public in the broader context of gender equity,” says Executive Director Janice Sands. “We’re focusing on educating the public about the talent and diversity found in the work by women and bringing that to the attention of the art world, literary press, curators, collectors, agents and publishers. In this way, we can advocate for a marketplace that puts greater value on literary and visual art by women.”

Pen and Brush Executive Director Janice Sands can discuss:

• The disproportionate representation and recognition of women in the professional visual and literary arts
• How new programming at Pen and Brush will impact the value of women’s art, and contribute to the contemporary cultural landscape
• How mentoring is embedded in Pen and Brush’s work with artists
• Pen and Brush’s new, state-of-the-art facility

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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