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Art Force 5 invites faculty, staff, alumni to private reception for centennial tribute to 19th Amendment

Members of Art Force 5 with the Susan B. Anthony mosaic created at Buffalo Bills Training Camp.
Members of Art Force 5 with the Susan B. Anthony mosaic created at Buffalo Bills Training Camp.

Alfred University’s Art Force 5 invites faculty, staff and alumni to an event in Rochester showcasing the group’s ongoing tribute to the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.


ROCHESTER, NY – Alfred University’s Art Force 5 invites faculty, staff and alumni to an event in Rochester showcasing the group’s ongoing tribute to the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Art Force 5 is a program at Alfred University that uses community-based art to inspire discussion on topics of equality and social justice. To honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, members of the group visited five National Football League stadiums this past fall, engaging with fans to create mosaic artwork in honor of women’s empowerment icons associated with the NFL cities.

A sixth mosaic is being created during a two-day residency Jan. 15-16, at Keene Central School in the Adirondack community of Keene Valley, NY, and a seventh will be completed on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 – when the mosaics will be displayed as part of a one-day exhibition at Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. The exhibition is part of the museum’s Day of Compassion celebration honoring King’s legacy as a civil rights leader.

Art Force 5 will host a private reception Sunday, Jan. 19, from 6-7 p.m. at the Museum, and is inviting Alfred University alumni, faculty and staff to attend. Use this link to register to attend the reception.

Art Force 5 kicked off its NFL stadium project at Buffalo Bills Training Camp in July. The group engaged fans in painting tiles to create a mosaic of women’s rights icon Susan B. Anthony. Throughout the 2019 NFL season, a rotating team of students from the Art Force 5 infused themselves into the football stadium tailgate culture to discuss issues not often found alongside beer and barbecue. After the event at the Bills Training Camp, similar projects followed throughout the fall: at the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium (honoring Nellie Bly), at the Cleveland Browns stadium (Dorothy Dandridge), at the Baltimore Ravens stadium (Harriet Tubman); and at the New York Jets stadium (Shirley Chisholm).

Next week’s two-day residency is being held at Keene Central School, where Bob Woughter, husband of former longtime Alfred University Vice President of Student Affairs Kathy Woughter, is principal. During the event, the Art Force 5 will engage community members in a project to paint tiles for a mosaic of Inez Milholland, a suffragist, labor lawyer, socialist, World War I correspondent, and public speaker who greatly influenced the women's movement in America.

The seventh mosaic, honoring Coretta Scott King, will be painted on Jan. 20 at the Strong Museum of Play and will round out the exhibition. The Museum is exhibiting the Art Force 5 work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20. Regular admission costs apply. Those admitted can paint a tile for the Coretta Scott King mosaic, free of charge.

The Art Force 5 team has also designed a tribute to Florida’s iconic Mary McLeod Bethune, which it hopes can be painted as part of the Super Bowl festivities in Miami in early February. Art Force 5 activities honoring female empowerment icons will continue right up to the actual Aug. 18 anniversary date of ratification of 19th Amendment. The group will visit numerous other sites across the country, creating tributes to renowned women’s rights advocates that will make up what promises to be a powerful display.

Founded in 2006 at Alfred University, the Art Force 5 has received national recognition for their unique diversity training and their interactive community-based art and has a proven record of engaging communities through creativity. For more information, email artforce5@alfred.edu or visit www.artforce5.com.