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Women of Culture (http://www.womenofculture.org) is a NYC-based community designed to connect and inspire women via meaningful engagement with the arts and creative self-expression. Through carefully curated cultural experiences, trips and workshops, we encourage women to push their boundaries, discover new perspectives and connect more deeply with themselves and those around them.

We believe that, when women come together and collectively tap into their innate creativity, confidence, and one-ness, they have the power to heal the world — from the inside, out.

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Upcoming events (5)

Embracing the Moment: Sound, Meditation & Writing for Reflection & Release

From the global pandemic to blatant racial injustice and police brutality, we are living at a unique moment in history that has had a profound effect on us all individually, and as a society. Whether or not we recognize the effects, it's important to take time for personal reflection and healing so that we can better rise to the challenges (and joys) that lie ahead. You are invited to do just that on Wednesday July 8th during an evening of sound healing, meditation and writing led by poet, sound practitioner, and sacred creative, Elana Bell. Elana facilitates artistic rituals and processes that support individuals and groups in accessing their authentic voice, creating spaces where all people’s voices and stories are heard and deeply valued. She will be leading us in a sound meditation, some vocal release work to move stuck energy, and some writing prompts all designed to help us reflect, recharge and release so that we can better process all that is going on in the world and move forward with actions that our aligned with our authentic selves. As with all of our virtual connection sessions, the event is gender inclusive and there will also be time to connect with the community and get to know the fellow attendees. This session is being offered with a $5 minimum donation, and 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, a non-profit committed to bringing opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. All registrants will receive the zoom call-in info on their receipt and a recording will be made available afterwards. *** More about Elana Bell: Elana is an award-winning Poet, Teacher, Artist, Sound Practitioner and Sacred Creative. Among other achievements and accolades, she holds a certification in Sound and Music Integration from the New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute and has been a featured poet in numerous venues throughout the United States and abroad including the Bowery Poetry Club, NuYorican Poets Café, Bar 13, Hunter College, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Sarah Lawrence College among others. She is also the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and her writing has appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review, among others. She has taught literature and creative writing at CUNY College of Staten Island and Brandeis University, and currently teaches poetry to the first year drama students at the Juilliard School. Her debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her second book of poems, Mother Country, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2020. She facilitates artistic rituals and processes that support individuals and groups in accessing their authentic voice and alchemizing raw experience and emotion into artistic expression. Whether through her soul-stirring poetry, her sacred sound journeys, or through her inspiring workshops, Elana creates a space where all people’s voices and stories are heard and deeply valued. Learn more and get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embracing-the-moment-sound-meditation-writing-for-reflection-release-tickets-110455904584

Good Vibes on the Lower East Side: Art & Food Walk

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Spend the afternoon of Sunday July 12th delighting all five of your senses during a personalized art & food walk with Women of Culture Founder, Alexandra Harper. We will take in the unique sights, smells, sounds, and tastes that make the Lower East Side such a rich and amazing neighborhood, with a focus on female-owned & run businesses. We will discuss the ever-changing history of this neighborhood and experience first-hand how it is representative of the true essence of the city as a whole. We will see some of the best visual art in the city (both indoors and out), take the time to appreciate the amazing street art that surrounds us and munch on savory snacks as well as sweet treats sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. The walk includes stops at 6-7 off-the-beaten-path LES attractions, including 2-3 galleries, 1 coffee shop and at least 2 snack stops, hearing from some of the owners and experts that keep the entrepreneurial spirit of the LES alive (samples included but additional food/drink should be purchased on site). I will point out some of my most cherished shops, restaurants and bars along our route and provide a detailed list of additional LES gems to all who attend. This tour is perfect for visitors as well as long-time New Yorkers looking for a new perspective on the city. Please note this is a co-ed event being offered as part of an Air Bnb experience. See more info/reviews from past tours here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1031996 Learn more by watching the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XINkVw8uH_c Cost: $40/person; $35 early bird discount through 6/28 at midnight. (Note: Due to current health concerns, the group will be limited to 8 people, and all attendees will be required to wear masks. This is an open event which does NOT require membership.) *** Full Schedule: 2:45pm | Meet outside the Good Kind coffee shop (90 Rivington btw. Ludlow & Orchard) 3pm-5:15pm | Art & snack stops around the LES 5:30pm | Optional outdoor drinks (location TBC)* *Not included in ticket price *** More about your Guide: Alexandra Harper is a Graphic Designer, arts enthusiast, culture vulture and foodie who believes that the arts, in all of their many forms, are the lifeblood of NYC. Originally from a small town in Vermont, she has spent the past 15 years exploring every nook and cranny of this amazing city and has compiled a roster of diverse and artful experiences which provide both locals and visitors alike a unique perspective of the Big Apple. In the past three years, she has curated and produced over 100 arts-based experiences for Women of Culture. She have a passion for community-building, meeting new people and sharing this city with others. Her designer’s eye, elevated aesthetic, thirst for uniqueness and sophisticated palette make her a discerning critic, and she will help you discover only the best of what NYC has to offer! Purchase tickets here: https://www.womenofculture.org/experiences/mpbmb2kefgdm8m7b9c9ewd27mbyr5k

Sisterhood of Discovery: Creative Self-Discovery Through Art & Community

Join Women of Culture on an Eight Week Journey to A More Inspired, Connected & Creative You Find out more & apply here: https://www.womenofculture.org/sisterhood-of-discovery What do you do when a global pandemic (followed by a national trauma and economic recession) upends your daily life, brings on massive amounts of pain and ruins all of your plans? You could panic, get depressed or cry all the time, but none of these things will serve you, or the greater good of society. Instead, you could choose to take this strange moment in history to reflect, recharge and recalibrate. Shed old habits and use this as an opportunity to become a more creative, connected and inspired version of yourself, so that you are even better prepared to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead. This health crisis and national trauma have both made it ever-more evident that the only constant is change , and that now, more than ever, we must seize the day to become our best selves in order to make the best contribution we can to the world around us. This summer, arts-based social networking community Women of Culture invites you to reclaim 2020 as a time of personal and societal change by joining us on a journey of self-discovery through art and community that will help illuminate your unique path to being the change you want to see in the world! *** Essentially the Sisterhood of Discovery is a women’s circle designed to help you tap into your innate inner artist, personal muse and natural, limitless potential through art, community and connection. This IS for you if you: -Feel bored, lost or uprooted due to the current health crisis (or in general) -Feel like there is more inside you than who and what you are currently being/doing (professionally and/or personally), even if you’re not sure what or how -Feel disconnected from your true self and your soul’s desires -Have lost touch with your innate creativity, sense of curiosity and wonder -Want to flip the script and maximize the opportunity presented by this strange moment in history -Feel lonely, unsupported or lacking a sense of community -Want to make a more positive impact and contribution to the world around you No artistic talent or experience necessary. Note: This program is NOT for you if you are scared of new people or experiences and don’t like getting our of your comfort zone. *** It Includes: - Eight 2-hour sessions on Zoom every Monday from 7-9pm , where we will dive into our theme for the week and break into virtual rooms for small group exercises and discussions -Weekly activity-based ‘assignments’ designed to cultivate community, curiosity and creativity -A fun care package sent to you by mail with supplies for the program -A WhatsApp group for daily check-ins -Discovery buddies to check in with about your progress and discuss each week’s themes -Bonus resources to help you continue to learn, grow and discover in between sessions and after the program is finished >> All for an investment of $450. 50% deposit due upon acceptance in order to secure your spot. Find out more & apply here: https://www.womenofculture.org/sisterhood-of-discovery Please contact Alex at [masked] if you would like to discuss different payment plans/options.

Brooklyn Art, Food & Waterfront Views

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Spend a summer Friday soaking up the art, food & views in one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the city, led by local art expert and tour guide, Alexandra Harper. You will take in the unique sights, sounds and tastes that make DUMBO such a rich and amazing neighborhood, with a focus on female-owned & run businesses. You will see some of the best visual art in the city, both indoors and out (weather dependent), sample some unique savory snacks and sweet treats sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. This walk features some of the most beautiful waterfront views of Manhattan, and you will learn more about how this fascinating neighborhood has grown and changed over time. I will introduce you to 6-7 unique spots that you would likely miss if exploring the area on your own, including 2-3 off-the-beaten-path galleries, 1 coffee shop and 2 snack stops (at least 1 savory and 1 sweet), meeting the proprietors at each. This is a great opportunity to take a deep dive into one of NYC's most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods, learn about its history and meet new friends along the way. You will also have the chance to join for group drinks overlooking the East River at the end of the tour and will end near the East River ferry if you would like to take a sunset ride back to Manhattan (not included in trip price). that make Chelsea and the Meatpacking such rich and amazing neighborhoods, with a focus on female-owned & run businesses. You will see some of the best visual art in the city, both indoors and out (weather dependent), sample some unique savory snacks and sweet treats sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. This walk focuses on the themes of change, creativity and diversity that make this neighborhood (and city) the unique place that it is. I will introduce you to 6-7 unique spots that you would likely miss if exploring the area on your own, including 2-3 off-the-beaten-path galleries, 1 coffee shop and 2 snack stops (at least 1 savory and 1 sweet), meeting the proprietors at each. This is a great opportunity to take a deep dive into one of NYC's most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods, learn about its history and meet new friends along the way. You will also have the chance to join for a group brunch or drinks at the end of the tour (not included in trip price). Please note this is a co-ed event being offered as part of an Airbnb experience. See more info/reviews from past tours here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1827769 Learn more about my similar tour on the LES by watching the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XINkVw8uH_c Cost: $35/person through July 3rd at midnight; $40 thereafter (Note: Due to current health concerns, the group will be limited to 8 people, and all attendees will be required to wear masks. This is an open event which does NOT require membership.) Get tickets here: https://www.womenofculture.org/events/brooklyn-art-food-amp-waterfront-views

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