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Women in the Arts Symposium to take place March 22 on Armstrong Campus in Savannah

As part of Women’s Empowerment Month, the art, music and theatre programs at the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus will host the annual Women in the Arts Symposium on Thursday, March 22, in the Student Union, ballroom C from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Music Emily Grundstad-Hall, DMA, and Art Lecturer Mia Merlin, MFA, will co-chair the symposium which will focus on responding to current socio-political movements as they relate specifically to women. The symposium will feature student presentations and a faculty panel discussion on the same topic.

“Women in the Arts is important because it is an opportunity to bring awareness to and celebrate the work of women artists, who sometimes get overlooked as compared to their male counterparts,” said Grundstad-Hall. “I appreciate this platform celebrating women during Women’s Empowerment Month.

A new addition to the symposium, the panel discussion featuring faculty from the Art, Music and Theatre programs, will begin at 9 a.m. Faculty will present relevant art projects in which they have participated or created and allow for discussion and interaction with the audience.

Assistant Professor of Music at Salem College in North Carolina, Amy Zigler, Ph.D., will present a guest lecture at 10 a.m.

Four art students, Patrice Jackson, June Ford, Sarah Jones and Darian Merritt, will present their pieces beginning at 11 a.m. Jackson will present “Art of Nature;” Ford will present “Healing My Childhood through Art;” Jones will present “The Impact of Sexism and Sexual Assault, and the Fight for Justice;” Merritt will present “The Female Nude.”

“This year’s symposium is particularly exciting as our students respond in personal, raw and moving ways to the current political climate,” said Merlin. “Our presenters are feeling emboldened to speak their truths and express them through art, which inspires us and brings us all together as a community.”

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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