A Montana Artists Utopia: Out West with the Women of Basin

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When and Where:
Sunday, November 8, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
at Eiteljorg Museum

500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Gregory Hinton, MJ Williams

General admission to the Eiteljorg: $12/adult; $10/senior; $6/children 4-17

Event Description:

Through story and music, a Montana jazz artist celebrates forging an arts refuge in a mountain mining town unaccustomed to strong women leading alternative lifestyles.

Can dreams bring us home? We all have dreams—some specific, others universal. Some of us dream of a world free of prejudice where no one is judged for their age, race, religion, sexuality or what or who they love. Many LGBT individuals have evacuated their childhood homes in search of a “dream” community filled with companionship and safety because, for them, home and place are illusive dreams.

Montana jazz artist MJ Williams left her small Montana town to find refuge with her partner on the west coast. But Montana was their home and that’s where they returned in 1973. Guided in conversation by Gregory Hinton–creator and producer of Out WestTM, a national program series dedicated to LGBT history in the American West–hear MJ’s story of how she, her partner, and friends created the Montana Artists Refuge in a mountain mining town unaccustomed to strong women leading alternative lifestyles.

Enjoy a jazz performance by MJ Williams and a dream-sharing activity after hearing her story.

Program and parking in the White River State garage included with admission to the museum. Please call the Eiteljorg at (317) 275-1310 for pre-registration information.

Presented by Eiteljorg Museum, IUPUI Faculty and Staff LGBT Council, IUPUI Multicultural Center, and Purdue University LGBTQ Center.

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