Wesleyan is partnering with Macon artist and owner of Mama Hawk Draws, Erin Hawkins, to paint a mural supporting reproductive rights and equality for women which upon completion, will be a permanent installation on the College’s campus. On September 8, Hawkins held a lecture in Pierce Chapel where she spoke with students about her life as an artist and her vision for the mural, how it came about, and how the Wesleyan community can be involved. Read more about Mama Hawk Draws.
We are also excited to announce the inaugural “REP THE RIGHTS” student-led initiative focusing on gender parity and equality for women. Spearheaded by PAPS (Power And Protest Society), and sponsored by the president’s office, the month-long event features a schedule of campus activities surrounding this important topic. Students are encouraged to submit a graphic that follows the theme "Reproductive Rights are Human Rights." The winning design carries a cash prize and will be printed as a sticker and represented on additional branded merchandise. Other activities may include poster-making and an open-mic night where students can voice their opinions.
Hawkins will project the image for the mural onto an 8 ft x 8 ft canvas, temporarily set up in Anderson Dining Hall. Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae gathered to help paint the mural on September 12 and September 13. The Macon community is invited to join in this collaborative effort on Saturday, September 17, from 11 am – 2 pm where Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) will be hosting a postcard signing event.
The completed mural will be revealed Friday, September 30, at a "REP THE RIGHTS" rally on the Porter Auditorium lawn to kick off Wesleyan’s annual Family Weekend. Included in the rally will be speeches from Morgan Allison, co-founder of Middle GA for Choice, and Josh Billings, Organizer and strategist for Georgia's Democratic Party and Field organizer for Georgia Coordinated Campaign. Wesleyan College President Meaghan Blight will offer closing statements.