March 31, 2016

Women of Substance Festival opens April 15

Ann Bancroft (fourth from left) and her Access Water International Team who will be on The O'Shaughnessy's stage April 18. Photo supplied.

St. Catherine University will present “Charting a Course: Women’s Journeys,” an inaugural Women of Substance Festival featuring lectures, panel discussions, art exhibitions, music and theater performances in The O'Shaughnessy on the St. Paul campus April 15-24.

Highlights include a free public lecture and discussion April 18 with 2016 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholars and world explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen and the Access Water International Team. The Fest opens and closes with concerts by two outstanding women artists – each exceptional and ground-breaking in their respective genres: Meredith Monk (April 15), composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations, and Angelique Kidjo (April 24), the Grammy Award-winning “undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph).

“As The O’Shaughnessy began gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017, we thought we’d lead off with a prelude event this year. Charting a Course, our first Women of Substance Festival, is aimed at inspiring women to lead and influence through art and ideas, igniting women’s innate power, consciousness and sense of justice,” said Kathleen Spehar, Director of The O’Shaughnessy. “The theme refers to different approaches to exploration – whether that’s personal growth, intimate relationships, intercultural navigation or literal world adventures. We invite Twin Cities audiences to take this journey with this inclusive community of women inspired to make a difference in the world.”

A complete schedule is online.