The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative invites Englewood residents to attend the second Black Women’s Mural Project community workshop. During this workshop, participants share their insights and provide input with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh about what they envision on the mural. The mural celebrates Black women’s voices, raises awareness about Black suffragists, and encourages civil discourse within the community.
The second community input workshop takes place on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7 p.m. During the workshop, Fazlalizadeh invites the public to learn more about her work. She plans to lead an interactive conversation discussing what story needs to be told on the mural. The artist also encourages participants to discuss artistically how they envision the mural and the ways they can contribute. In addition, participants need to pre-register to attend.
The workshops highlight Black women and Black suffragists’ lives and accomplishments. The first session, held on October 21, drew a panel of local civil rights activists and women’s suffragist historian Lisa Tetrault from Carnegie Mellon University.
Englewood Black Women and Suffragists Celebrated
The NNJCF’s ArtsBergen, in collaboration with its community partners — The Women’s Rights Information Center, Metro Community Center, and the Woman’s Club of Englewood — plan to implement the project. The plans involve painting the mural on The Women’s Rights Information Center’s east-facing wall on the building’s exterior. Located on Palisade Avenue in downtown Englewood, this area attracts one of the most heavily trafficked districts in Bergen County.
The project recognizes Black suffragists’ groundbreaking accomplishments. Their voices and accomplishments appear in the content of the mural. This piece of public art also prompts learning and dialogue. In addition, an appreciation for the community develops, as well as greater Bergen County.
AARP Community Challenge Grant, Valley Bank and Visions Federal Credit Union awarded grants for the project. In addition, supporters include Sozosei Foundation and PNC Bank. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-568-5608.