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West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

(242) 328-5800

Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Events

 NAGB Film Series presents "City of God"
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "City of God"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2002 Brazilian crime epic "City of God." In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket, a budding photographer documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood and drug dealer "Zé" who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned."

The NAGB is excited to bring this contemporary masterpiece to Fiona's Theatre, and as a reminder, this and all screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out and celebrate a warm summer evening with us.

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Womens Wednesdays: Women in the Arts
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Womens Wednesdays: Women in the Arts

The Bahamas is home to vibrant, diverse, and talented artist communities. This month, we will be turning the spotlight on women in the arts. Bahamian women are breaking silences about social, cultural, and political issues through their artwork. On August 7th, we’ll bring together a panel of women artists to talk about their work and ask the following questions:
- What has been your experience as a woman creating art in The Bahamas?
- How is art being used (and how can it be used) to address issues regarding gender and sexuality?
- How do you see art influencing people and functioning in our communities at a time when society is polarized on many issues?
-What challenges do women artists face in creating and sustaining their art projects, and what strategies can we adopt to better support them?
-How does (and how can) art connect women across the Caribbean and African Diaspora?

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Visual Life Of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project Opening Reception
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Visual Life Of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project Opening Reception

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is happy to partner with Small Axe to bring the Visual Life Of Social Affliction to our shores as the first stop in its multi-country exhibition tour. The NAGB invites you to the opening reception on Thursday, August 22nd from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m as we celebrate the realisation of this dynamic collaboration. The event is FREE and open to the public.

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Tessa Whitehead's Artist Talk
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tessa Whitehead's Artist Talk

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an artist talk with Tessa Whitehead on Thursday, July 11th starting at 7:00 p.m. The talk will look at how her body of work supported in "...there are always two deaths" was created and her views around process, loss and the reinforcement of contemporary womanhood.


As a reminder, the talk and all programming in support of exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

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Open Studios with John Paul Saddleton
Jul
6
5:00 PM17:00

Open Studios with John Paul Saddleton

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an Open Studios session with John Paul Saddleton on Saturday, July 6th starting at 5:00 p.m. The informal conversation will look at a collection of work supported by John Paul's current Project Space show at the NAGB titled "Transition."

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As a reminder, the Open Studios session and all programming in support of exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

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Public Lecture by Dr Desiree Cox: Better, Younger, Longer. Today
Jul
4
6:00 PM18:00

Public Lecture by Dr Desiree Cox: Better, Younger, Longer. Today

This coming Thursday, July 4th the NAGB is happy to hold host to what is sure to be a brilliant talk on Stem Cell and Regenerative Health research with Dr. Desiree Cox.

If you’re looking to get a summary on this mystical science magic that feels just a little elusive to a lot of us, or just wanna get to the heart of what’s happening now with stem cell treatments and research, or if you have any burning questions, this is the talk to come to.

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Women's Wednesdays: LGBT Pride Month
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: LGBT Pride Month

LGBT pride parades started gaining worldwide popularity following the 1969 stonewall riots in New York City. This year, pride parades are scheduled to happen across the globe, following recent landmark victories in LGBT rights legislation in Botswana, Angola, Bhutan, Ecuador, Taiwan, and Austria. Jamaica had its first annual public pride event in 2015, and in July 2018, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago held the first public pride events in their nation’s history.

These victories followed an attempt at organizing a pride event in Freeport in 2014 that had to be cancelled due to security threats. Times are changing for LGBT communities in the region, but there are still many barriers, both political and cultural, impeding progress.


Join us this pride month at the NAGB to discuss the following: What is the purpose of Pride? What should Pride look like in The Bahamas? What do we need to make it happen? How can we be in solidarity with LGBT+ Bahamians? What have the challenges and victories been for pride demonstrations in other Caribbean countries? What barriers face LGBT+ Bahamians today? In what ways can we support and celebrate Pride this month?


Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building. Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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Oil painting workshop w/ Tessa Whitehead
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Oil painting workshop w/ Tessa Whitehead

Get started with oil painting with artist Tessa Whitehead whose exhibition "...there are always two deaths" is currently on display at the NAGB. Learn how to work with oil paint under the guidance of a classically trained oil painter and get tips on which materials to use and how to find affordable ways to work in a relatively expensive practice.

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Friday Night Live! presents "Soul-stice"
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Live! presents "Soul-stice"

The NAGB is welcoming the official start of summer with Friday Night Live's! "Soul-stice", on June 21st, 2019, 7-10 p.m. Feel the sizzle as creatives, known and unknown, showcase their talent at “The Good Mic”, an Open Mic Night in collaboration with Goodstock, and cool down with craft beer from Pirate Republic and one-of-a-kind popsicles from Pop Stop, all while chilling with friends in a beautiful, laid back environment.

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NAGB Film Series presents "Moonlight"
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "Moonlight"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed Oscar and Golden Globe- willing film "Moonlight," a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue." The film will be screened on Thursday, June 20th starting at 8:00 p.m.

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Moonlight's" main points of focus include Blackness, masculinity, and vulnerability presented in three stages in the life of the main character; his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.

The NAGB is excited to bring this jewel of a film to Fiona's Theatre, and as a reminder, this and all screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out and celebrate a warm summer evening with us.

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ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada

ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada “A Potlatch of Histories: 2 or 3 lessons from Brazilian art” on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. All are invited!

The NAGB presents the fourth instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

For our fourth lecture, we welcome Brazillian curator and researcher Paulo Miyada, who will bring some significant episodes from Brazilian art history and offer the audience an exchange: for every narrative about Nassau' culture and history that someone can bring to the table he will also tell about another artist or event from Brazil.

Biography:

Curator and researcher of contemporary art. He holds a Master's Degree in History of Architecture and Urbanism from FAU - USP, for which he is also a graduate. He is the adjunct curator of the 34th São Paulo Biennial (2020) and the chief curator of the Tomie Ohtake Institute, where he coordinates the Research and Curation Center, as well as co-coordinating the course programme of the Escola Entrópica, where he teaches. He was an assistant curator of the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), he was part of the curatorial team at Rumos Artes Visuais do Itaú Cultural (2011-2013) and was the adjunct curator of the 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP (2015). Among other projects, he has curated: É preciso confrontar as imagens vagas com os gestos claros (2012), Paulo Bruscky: Banco de Ideias (2012), Medos Modernos (2014), Estou Cá (2016), Leda Catunda: I love you, baby (2016), Osso – Exposição-apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga (2017), Miguel Rio Branco: Wishful Thinking (2017) e AI-5 50 Anos - Ainda não terminou de acabar (2018).

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A Season at Fiona's Theatre presents "Unplugged"
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

A Season at Fiona's Theatre presents "Unplugged"

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to attend our new "A Season @ Fiona's Theatre" on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m.

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We collaborate with two emerging trailblazers in their fields: Chase Fernander, singer, songwriter and visionary entertainer; and Rashad Leamount, producer, poet, artistic director and R+B singer, as they jointly produce "Unplugged" with ten exciting Bahamian musicians.

With "Unplugged" we take it back to the music, to the beat, to the rhythm of tongue, skin, rhyme and bone. Performers for the evening include: AbiYah, Tanisha Sweeting, Leoneisha Johnson, a.k.a. Leo, NevAndria Lyriic, Kenique Maria, Foots, Sherwood Rahming, Judah the Lion, Foreign Sound with headlines by Chase Fernander and Rashad Leamount.

Admission is only $5.00! Come out and support these amazing artists and the future of our creative space. Stay tuned for news on the addition of other musicians and vendors for the evening!

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NAGB Film Series presents "Local Film Flavours"
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "Local Film Flavours"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of tru-tru Bahamian talent.

Local Film Flavours features the works of Renee Caesar, Travon Patton, Thomas Robinson, Lavado Stubbs and Tara Woodside on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Fiona's Theatre.

The night will end with a Q+A segment with the filmmakers and Leslie Ellis-Tynes who is filling in for our curator Travolta Cooper.

As a reminder, this and all film screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. The films start at 8 p.m sharp.

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Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to attend our upcoming talk in support of the recently unveiled Chan Pratt retrospective "Resurrection."

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"Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane" invites Eddie Minnis, Andrew Rogers and Anton Sealy to reflect on the works on Chan Pratt from the perspective of mentorship and brotherhood; to the navigation of art market, and the development of corporate social responsibility in nurturing art practices.

"Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane" will take place at the NAGB on Tuesday, May 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a walk through with the conversants as they reflect on Pratt's work and life. The talk and all of our programming at the NAGB are free and open to the public.

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Shared Stories: Vizcaya and The Bahamas with Remko Jansonius and Wendy R. Wolf
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Shared Stories: Vizcaya and The Bahamas with Remko Jansonius and Wendy R. Wolf

The Shared Stores: Vizcaya and The Bahamas event is free and open to the public. If you would like to know more about upcoming exhibitions, programming or rental opportunities available at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, please visit https://nagb.org.bs/ or call 242.328.5800. 

Shared Stores: Vizcaya & The Bahamas will take place at the NAGB on Thursday, May 17th starting at 7:00 p.m.

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ACE Series presents Diana Nawi: Curating in Context
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Diana Nawi: Curating in Context


The NAGB presents the third instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

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The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.



For our second lecture, we welcome independent curator, Diana Nawi, who will discuss the critical way context has shaped her curatorial work, addressing her recent retrospective of the work of Jamaican-born John Dunkley and her major upcoming project co-curating the 2020 city-wide triennial, Prospect New Orleans, with Naima J. Keith.

Biography:


Diana Nawi is an independent curator based in Los Angeles and the Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.5, New Orleans. Most recently, she organized Michael Rakowitz: Dispute between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm at REDCAT, Los Angeles, and Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles. Nawi previously served as Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami where she organized exhibitions with artists including Yael Bartana, Nicole Cherubini, John Dunkley, Iman Issa, Bouchra Khalili, LOS JAICHACKERS, and Nari Ward.

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Tessa Whitehead "...there are always two deaths"
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Tessa Whitehead "...there are always two deaths"

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to the first solo by interdisciplinary artist Tessa Whitehead showcasing a new body of paintings. Entitled "...there are always two deaths" the exhibition catalogues the artist's observations of the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.

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The opening reception will take place on Thursday, May 2nd 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment and light refreshments.

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NAGB Closed for Maintenence
Apr
16
to Apr 18

NAGB Closed for Maintenence

The NAGB will be closed for maintenance during the following days: April 16th - 18th, 2019. While we will also be closed for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday (April 21st and 22nd), the NAGB will be OPEN on Saturday, April 20th for holiday visits with family and friends.

We reopen on Tuesday, April 23rd at 10 am.

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Curator's Talk at Rand Nature Center with Richardo Barrett
Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Curator's Talk at Rand Nature Center with Richardo Barrett

Join us at the Rand Nature Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama for an evening of lively discussion with Assistant Curator Richardo Barrett from The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, as he speaks about the featured exhibition and the role of a curator in the museum. A robust Q&A session will be held after the talk.

Richardo Barrett got his start in visual arts at CR Walker Senior High School. He participated in the 2006 FINCO Summer Arts Workshop, winning first place in painting and drawing. He pursued studies in architecture at the College of The Bahamas, later switching to art. He completed an associate degree in art in 2012. Richardo has exhibited locally; his work was recognised in the 2008 Central Bank Art Competition and Exhibition, in which he received honourable mention and eventually winning Best Art in the Open Category in 2018. 

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Transforming Spaces Art Tour // TS15
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Transforming Spaces Art Tour // TS15

This year Transforming Spaces celebrates 15 years of growth, service, and commitment to Bahamian visual culture. Under the theme ‘SUSTAIN’ we’re looking forward to highlighting a weekend of the best in contemporary Bahamian art across five creative spaces:

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D’Aguilar Art Foundation
Doongalik Studios
Hillside House,
The Current at Popopstudios ICVA
University of The Bahamas

Follow #TS15Sustain for more updates on this year's programming. For more information message us on facebook or email info@tsbahamas.com.

TICKETS ($35) ARE ON SALE AT:

NAGB
West Hill Street
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 5pm / Sun 12 noon - 5pm
Tel: (242) 328-5800

Doongalik Studios
20 Village Road
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am - 4pm
Tel: (242) 394-1886

The Place for Art
20 Village Road
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Tel: (242) 393-8834

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"Trans: A Migration of Identity" opens in Freeport
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

"Trans: A Migration of Identity" opens in Freeport

The NAGB team is taking the Inter-Island Travelling Exhibition to Grand Bahama for the second time this April! We were last in Grand Bahama in 2016 with “Max/Amos”, which was showcased at the Charles Hayward Library; now the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme is taking "Trans: A Migration of Identity” to our second city, where it will be on display at the Rand Nature Centre from April 5th- 26th, 2019. This unique initiative is accompanied by an extensive community outreach programme inclusive of our public mural programme, free workshops, a public talk, school visits (primary and secondary) and donations of museum literature for art teachers, schools and public libraries.

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ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond

The NAGB presents the second instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

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The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

For our second lecture, we welcome Ghanaian-American curator Larry Ossei-Mensah presenting on “The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond”. Ossei-Mensah has designed a presentation highlighting the various ways artists, curators, and other art professionals can better understand and negotiate "their" art world and ecologies.

By developing strategies that highlight how "the game" is played and which mistakes to avoid, Ossei-Mensah seeks to share with the audience insights that he has amassed over the last decade to equip them with the tools and insights necessary to take more agency in their careers.

Biography:
Larry Ossei-Mensah, MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organised exhibitions and programmes at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome in addition to documenting cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class.

In 2017, he was the Critic-in-Residence at ART OMI, and in 2019  he will serve as a curatorial mentor at the VisArt in Rockville, MD. He recently co-curated the solo exhibition of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work with Susan Cross at MASSMoCA entitled PITCH. Ossei-Mensah is also the recent recipient of the Warhol Foundation grant for $50K for his upcoming exhibition in spring/summer 2019 at MOAD in San Francisco entitled “Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox” co-curated with Dexter Wimberly.  Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal.

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Women's Wednesdays: Women's Bodily Autonomy
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Women's Bodily Autonomy

Parliamentary consultations on the decriminalization of abortion are taking place in Jamaica. It is important that we take time to consider where we are and where we need to go as a country and as a region regarding women’s bodily autonomy, including abortion. On April 3rd, we’ll be discussing consent, abortion rights, tubal ligation, contraception, and sexual education.

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What is consent? Who can give it, and when?
What impact does criminalized abortion have on women throughout the region?
How do these impacts change when we consider factors like economic status, age, and ability?
What role do reproductive rights play in the broader struggle for women’s liberation?
What are the different contraception methods available to women and how can we access these resources?
How can we use the conversation taking place in Jamaica and, subsequently, throughout the region, to advance the rights of women in The Bahamas?
How can we teach bodily autonomy to our children?
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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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