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St. Kate’s offers new minor: Women and the Arts

Yevette Willaert speaks to students at the Women and the Arts open house at St. Kate’s, as Professor Gabrielle Civil and local artist Mankwe Ndosi look on.
Yevette Willaert speaks to students at the Women and the Arts open house at St. Kate’s, as Professor Gabrielle Civil and local artist Mankwe Ndosi look on.
Photo by Hilary Stein '14.

On Nov. 8, 2011, St. Kate’s hosted an open house in the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women to celebrate the new Women and the Arts minor.

The event, which drew a crowd in the Coeur de Catherine student center, featured aspects of art, music, fashion, video, theater and live performance, while at the same time offering students information about the new minor at St. Catherine University.

Vocalist Mankwe Ndosi performed and discussed her life and work with students, appearing alongside St. Kate’s Hip Hop Club and the Women’s Choir from St. Kate’s. Throughout the event, student poets, musicians, fashion designers and the editors of the ‘zine, WomanHouse, also shared their work.

Students also previewed an upcoming show that will feature the work of fashion merchandising and apparel design at St. Kate’s. The students’ designs will be presented at the Girlfriends Expo and Getaway, running Nov. 18 through Nov. 19, 2011, at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn.

Many faculty and staff also came out in support of the Women and the Arts minor, including Kathy Daniels, the director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, as well as faculty from the Department of English and the Department of Art and Art History, and faculty from the new Department of Music Theater at St. Kate’s. To conclude the event, local celebrity Miré Regulus performed before acting out a brief improvisation with St. Kate’s Associate Professor of English Gabrielle Civil.

The Women and the Arts minor uses a critical and creative approach to art, gender and community. Students in the minor study at least two different artistic fields while pursuing their own creative practice. The minor is focused on the contributions of women, enabling students to learn about past and present women artists while developing their own artistic talents.

The Women and the Arts open house was funded through the Sr. Mona Riley Endowed Chair of the Humanities.

Nov. 15, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Arts, Liberal Arts, Students