Work of the Week celebrates International Women’s Day

Date: Feb 28, 2023

In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), we share the work of artist Miruna Dragan.

IWD is a time for us to recognize, celebrate and reflect on the achievements, stories and creativity of the many unique women of our past and present.

About the artwork

The artwork's title, When We Stand On the Threshold Between Two Worlds Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams, is a direct quote from Iconostasis, a book by Russian Orthodox theologian Pavel Florensky.

The artist, Miruna Dragan, responds to observed synchronicities towards subjective re-imaginings of archetypal myths and potent landscapes. Her work thematically reflects dispersion and transcendence. This artwork, like her others, offers itself as a tool for mystical experience while challenging assumptions about nature and culture.

About the Artist

Miruna Dragan, born in Bucharest, received an MFA in painting/printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. She has been an Associate Professor at the Alberta University of the Arts since 2009. Dragan is a post-conceptual artist whose work investigates themes of locality and transcendence.

About IWD

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 around the globe. IWD has been celebrated globally since 1911 and is an important day that highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

There are many great women storied and unsung that have greatly influenced Alberta’s art scene, helping to make it what it is today. We encourage you to celebrate women by taking part in an IWD event near you.

Celebrate IWD through the arts

We have highlighted a few art events, exhibitions that might be of interest if you are looking for ways to celebrate IWD throughout the month of March.

Have a Seat at Our Table: Art Installation – St. Albert

March 1 - March 31
A community art installation titled Have a Seat at Our Table in the St. Albert Place lobby viewable until March 31, 2023.

SkirtsAfire Festival

March 2 -12
Founded in 2012, SkirtsAfire is Edmonton’s theatre and multidisciplinary arts organization featuring women. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, its 10 day programming runs each March at various venues in the city.

Fierce Women of Alberta – Leduc

Friday, March 4, 7:30 pm
A night of theater consisting of 2 shows written by local playwrights showcasing the stories of incredible women.

In Full Bloom: A celebration of artwork by and about women – Calgary

Wednesday, March 8, 3 pm
In Full Bloom, an exhibit focusing on artwork that celebrates the creative practices of women with an emphasis on female and nature inspired imagery and narratives.

Feminist Poetry on International Women’s Day – Calgary

Wednesday, March 8, 6 pm
Fifteen poets will share their work and their passion to change the world. The event is organized by the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets.

Arts Exchange: Elevating Women in the Arts – St. Albert

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Moderated by the Art Gallery of St. Albert’s Curator, Emily Baker, the conversation will explore celebrating the work of women, forging inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and shining a spotlight on activities to uplift and inspire women to pursue goals without bias or barrier.

Run Woman Run - Metro Cinema – Edmonton

Wednesady, March 8, 6:45 pm
When a steady diet of donuts, pizza, cake and cigarettes lands single mother Beck in a diabetic coma, she receives a ghostly life coach in the form of legendary marathon hero Tom Longboat who helps her train for the run of her life.

International Women's Day program - Intergenerational Storytelling

Saturday, March 11, 2:30 pm
Women Owned Narratives (WON) invite you to a one-day celebration of women and their contributions. The event provides a platform for discussions around the unique barriers each have faced in their journeys. Inspired by the overarching theme of intergenerational storytelling, we can spark engaging conversations for people of all gender identities to listen, learn and contribute.

Trouble in Mind - Citadel Theatre – Edmonton

March 25 - April 16
Set in 1957, Trouble In Mind is a fascinating comedy-drama that takes a look at racism in the New York theatre scene. When the cast gathers to begin rehearsals, racial biases and tensions rise. When Wiletta Mayer, a talented Black actress, finds that her arguments to tell the truth of the story are dismissed, she decides to take action.

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