Carol Fischer gave a great biography of the galleries and artists she participated with in the past. She used a lot of humor in order to maintain the audience's interest. When she began to speak about the Arts Core Program, it became more interesting though. Fischer explained how this program changed the entire dynamic of these female artists' work by the way she discussed the structure, curriculum, and methodology of the program. The ACP talk was a great example on how a community of artists can work together today (the open discussion method, grass-roots organizing, etc.)
Erickson's opening quote was wonderful to listen to: "This moment is the perfect teacher." I feel as if that set the stage for her talk quite beautifully. She spoke very poetically about learning as women and I found it very inspirational. The way she discussed the purpose of the Women's Art Institue was also very inspirational. She spoke of it as a way to enter into the present with your ideas, heart, soul, and skills. What I also found helpful in Erickson's talk was how she reflected upon the contemporary artists that were her students. This gave me a way to connect to the discussion of feminism in the 1970s.
This speaker spoke a lot about the history of WARM and how it has changed in recent years. I found that with her lecture, she lacked a lot of the inspiration (for lack of a better word) that the the other two speakers had.
When the panel began discussing the questions that arose during the lectures, I felt like some great topics were touched on. Lately, I have been dealing a lot with the word feminist. In my own personal experience, I have felt that when a woman stands up for herself or for another woman--many times she is derogatorily called a feminist. I appreciated that they brought up that word and talked about how it has been twisted and degraded. I enjoyed that several of the audience members spoke up, but I wish that there was more younger women that spoke with the panel as well so that issues of our generation were brought up.