Voices of Women continues Moonstone’s exploration of Hidden History in Philadelphia and America, looking at the struggle for freedom and equality. Three of the major aspects of this is the struggle against:
chattel slavery (the Anti-Slavery Movement and Black Liberation)
domestic slavery (Women’s Suffrage and Woman’s Liberation) and
The Moonstone Arts Center features a diverse group of poets- published, well known, and emerging; both local and visiting. It organizes a weekly poetry series, two programs a month at Brandywine Workshop, and a monthly program at PhillyCAM Studios, plus two special reading programs; coming to about a 100 poetry readings a year.
Some of the poets featured are world renown: Dan Hoffman, the twenty-second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress(1973), MacArthur Foundation Fellowship awardee, Eleanor Wilner, and Philadelphia Poet Laureate and legend, Sonia Sanchez; established poets such as Don Riggs, Lamont Steptoe and Linh Dinh; and many emerging poets. Every reading is followed by an open reading where emerging poets can present their work.
Moonstone Art Center’s Hidden History project looks at the activists who struggled in the streets to make the United States live up to its promise of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, creed, ethnicity, religion and age. It recognizes that the United States is a land of contradictions and hopes that by presenting the stories of these individuals, a supply of the back stories to today’s struggles and inspiration to continue the struggle is available.