‘We are all connected,’ exhibit celebrates women’s similarities and differences


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – We are all connected: that’s the theme behind a multimedia experience exploring the role women play in world culture. It’s hosted by both the Black Cultural Center and Indiana Voices of Women.

Justice Fuller and Jamillah Gabriel are two members of Indiana Voices of Women, and they visited News 18 This Morning to talk about the event.

“It’s a multimedia exhibit, so there are paintings and sculptures,” said Fuller. “They’re all representations of women throughout culture, throughout the world, and their different roles in the many things that they’ve experienced.”

Another component is of We Are All Connected is a series of what are being called “affinity councils.”

“Those are groups of women based on race and culture,” explained Gabriel. “They will be having discussions based around a film we’re going to be featuring called ‘The Way Home,’ which is produced by World Trust.”

As Fuller said, the discussions will center around how people fit in the Lafayette community.

“[It’s about] meeting with members that are part of your racial group to talk about some of the challenges and some of the exciting things we all bring to the community,” she said. “The end result is we kind of all come back together and realize our similarities are what enrich this community, and we have so much more in common than we do separate.”

Gabriel said, “We want this program to be a way for cultural understanding, and to come together, and talk about things that can be unspoken.”

There will be eight separate affinity councils – Arab, Asian, Black, Jewish, Latino/a, Multiracial, Native American or White. If you’re interested in joining, email indianavoicesofwomen@gmail.com.

The exhibit will be at the West Lafayette Public Library at 208 W. Columbia St. from Nov. 6 to Dec. 8. There will also be an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1-4 p.m.