Women’s Arts Festival Returns for Sixth Year

The centerpiece of the annual Thou Art Woman LGBTQ arts festival is an open mic night featuring spoken word, music, theatrical and dance performances. Credit: David Muir.

Thou Art Woman, a celebration of LGBTQ women, returns for its sixth year, March 13 – 14, with a weekend of art installations and live performances.

"Since its inception in 2014, Thou Art Woman has grown as a wonderful alternative to the entertainment options available for LGBTQ women and [our] allies. It also provides a non-judgmental space where people can share their experiences, be authentic, and above all else, really enjoy themselves,” said producer Ghenete G” Wright Muir.

After coming out, Muir wanted to create an alternate space for LBT women and allies to connect on a deeper level. Muir, a prominent attorney and activist, enlisted the support of a core circle of friends and launched the event, attracting about 50 participants. None predicted that initial gathering would soon grow into a vibrant and vital community. 

 “We know there are only a few places where we can really breathe and be ourselves, without judgment. That’s part of what makes Thou Art Woman so essential, so unique and empowering,” Muir explained.

The weekend opens on Friday, March 13 with the opening reception for “[MIS]BEHAVE: Lesbian Folklore and More,” an exhibition at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

The featured artists, primarily LBT women, include Niki Lopez, Jessica Concepcion, Glory Glory, Jane Kreinberg, Marjorie Leiva, Zipporah Michel, GiGi Motley, Khaulah Naima Nuruddin, Trish Delish Art, Graciela Valdes and Rosaria Vigorito. The exhibition will also include items from the Black Lesbian Archives. According to Muir, some artworks will be on display at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, in an effort to extend community outreach and awareness.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and will also include music and poetry performances by Kim Jay and Esprit the Poet.

The centerpiece of Thou Art Woman is the open mic and performance night on Tuesday, April 14 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The event, hosted by Muir and Nik Harris, will feature professional performers, including jazz singer Ritah Wilburn, poets Vanessa Charlot and Red Wordz, singer Jade and dancers DA HAUS. Music will be provided by DJ Jessimix.

Muir emphasized that the open mic component remains an integral part of the program and audience members will be invited to participate.

Thou Art Woman means that there is a safe space where I can go to celebrate...We are free to express ourselves without limitations and share stories about our various journeys,” added musician Crystal Sawyer. This event is more than a night. It is more than a movement. It addresses the black, white and the gray of the rainbow journey.”

Tickets for the (MIS)BEHAVE exhibition reception on Friday, March 13 at ArtServe and Thou Art Woman open mic and performance night on Saturday, March 14 at the Broward Center are available at ThouArtWoman/Tickets.