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Women's History Month: 2022—Providing healing, promoting hope

Women's History Month

How to be an Ally 

Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Sarah shares her knowledge on how to be an effective ally from her work when at The Episcopal Church, involved in philanthropic initiatives and working with influencers like Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo. 

Sarah Eagle Heart is an accomplished and internationally experienced executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples as the CEO for Native Americans in Philanthropy. 

Sarah utilizes storytelling to share her deep perspective on healing trauma from her experience as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and working with faith-based communities on cross sectional public policy initiatives with, and for, diverse communities internationally serving on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church headquartered in New York, New York.
Ms. Eagle Heart has vast experience working at small nonprofit organizations and corporate tribal organizations, as well as large international non-governmental organizations. She has built upon her traditional cultural knowledge to understand the essential need for cross cultural communication, education, mutual respect, collaboration, partnership, community development and advocacy.
Sarah is the recipient of the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award.
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our life as our message

Karen Blessen, Artist, Writer, Speaker

29 Pieces founder Karen Blessen, a native of Columbus, Nebraska, was working as an illustrator and writer. She was the first graphic artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize (1989). In August, 2000, a young man was murdered in front of her home in Dallas. Karen was compelled to do something greater to uplift children, to give them the courage and strength to stand against the violence that permeates the culture.   In what Karen calls her creative “big bang,” the founding vision of 29 Pieces emerged: monumental change through monumental art.

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The Core Ensemble

Explore the lives and times of three towering figures in Latin American cultural history: the iconic Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas; Cuban singer Celia Cruz (the Queen of Salsa); and Chilean singer Violeta Parra, the mother of Latin American folk music.


Quilt Stories

Dr. Daisy Nelson Century, Historical Interpreter Extraordinaire

The history of America can be seen in the history of quilts: in the rich heritage left us by those thrifty, self-sufficient women who helped settle this land, in the families whose history is sewn into quilts one patch at a time, and in the legacy of the quilting arts passed on to children and grandchildren so they may carry them forward into the future.” (America’s Quilting History)

Quilting also represents a vital strand of African American culture. This artistry tells vividly complex stories of pain, oppression, freedom, and power. The quilts are as unique and individual as their makers. Similarities, however, have been observed over the centuries such as asymmetric designs, large-scale patterns, and wonderfully rich story quilts. Some quilts celebrate and revive the bold patterns of ancient African culture, while others reflect on personal or historical stories of struggle and emancipation.

Dr. Century presents quilts her mother made, stories about the quilting bees and how to make a quilt.

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Film & Discussion: A FINE LINE

Discussion led by Cathy Curtis, MCC Culinary Arts Instructor

A Fine Line explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women, when traditionally women always held the central role in the kitchen.
These are remarkable stories of how top women chefs overcame occupational sexism, sexual harassment, lack of access to capital, work and family challenges, patriarchy in their families and even their own self-doubt to succeed. The film is a valuable catalyst for learning about work, general inequality and fostering dialogue on strategies for change.
Featured are candid interviews with world-renowned chefs including World’s Best Female Chef Dominique Crenn, Emmy Award-winning TV host Lidia Bastianich, two Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield, Iron Chef Cat Cora, World’s Best Chef Daniel Humm and many more. A Fine Line grapples with themes sparking national conversations right now, including workplace harassment, equal pay, parental leave and career advancement.

Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.

Additional Information:

Contact: or 531-622-2253 for more information.

Accommodations: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.