News about “Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know”

“The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know” project has received an art grant from Irrigate! There will be a special public art exhibit of the photoems in the collection. There is also a new Facebook page for the project. Please check it out and like the page. I’d love to see your comments! Look for event related updates here on my blog and on the Facebook page.

Press Release

Media Contact:

Annette Marie Hyder





September 20, 2012, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – Award winning author, artist, and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, Annette Marie Hyder, launches the Along the Corridor exhibit of FACING FEMINISM: FEMINISTS I KNOW. In conjunction with Irrigate, a program supporting artists and activities along the central corridor light rail, and sponsored by The Lyric Lab, the exhibit will feature live performances as well as a chance for the public to participate on October 12 and 13 during the St. Paul Art Crawl.


The FACING FEMINISM: FEMINISTS I KNOW project has been mentioned in MS. MAGAZINE, listed with the Rutgers University Feminist Art Project and sponsored by Empowerment4Women. Participants from around the globe (e.g., Enugu State, South Eastern Nigeria, Iceland, Russia, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia), men and women, describe what feminism means to them – they take back the word and infuse it with a diversity that exceeds the myopic representation of feminists as portrayed by the media.


Poets, writers, artists, Members of Parliament and pop stars have all shared their voices (pop star Lisa Loeb, Iceland’s MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, BET TV’s Abiola Abrams, United Nation’s Poetry Ambassador Larry Jaffe, to name a few). The voices keep swelling and the image that emerges is truly diverse. “These feminists have in common the desire to be perceived for who they are on an equal footing and not through the distorting lens of cliché. Feminism is not monolithic – and this recording of the many faces that feminism can and does have, its many voices, is monumentally moving. You’ll meet feminists who will make you laugh, inspire you, defy you, prick you to disagreement even, but who all share the common advocacy of equality,” says Annette Marie Hyder, founder and curator of FACING FEMINISM: FEMINISTS I KNOW.


Participants submit a photo of themselves (from any stage of their life) along with a text expression of what feminism is to them. The image and the words are put together into a photoem and yet another unique voice/face is documented. The photoems will be on display at the exhibit. With an international scope, this project has now come full circle – around the globe and back again – to University Ave, where the public is invited to contribute. Visitors to the exhibit may have a photo taken on site, share their own ideas about feminism, and become part of this historic documentation. With special performances by writer, dramatist, and poet, JoAnne Makela and her group MedusaHead, and photo documentation by photographer and poet, Jasmine Rain Hyder, guest poets and performers will include Penchant Poet collective, bluegrass artist, Sarah Newberry, and jazz legend Donald Washington. FACING FEMINISM: FEMINISTS I KNOW is free to the public and supported by a grant from Irrigate.


October 12 and 13, 2012

Friday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM

The Lab at The Lyric

765 Hampden Ave S., St. Paul


Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. Artists collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun. Irrigate is a partnership between the City of Saint Paul, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Springboard for the Arts.