Voices of Resilience Exhibit coming September 18, 2022

Voices of Resilience


Center Church UCC South Hadley

September 18- October 15


The Voices of Resilience: Women of Color and their Allies on the Move exhibit at Center Church UCC  reveals important untold and lesser-known stories of women of color and their white allies who, in diverse ways, changed our world for the better.  Through art, text, video, and music, this month-long exhibit invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to discover their stories and explore how they have shaped our community and influenced our lives.


First displayed at the Springfield D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in 2019-2020, Voices of Resilience tells the rarely heard stories of women as they made their marks in the areas of women’s rights, civil rights, law, journalism, and entertainment.  Women like Elizabeth Freeman, who lived in Sheffield in 1780 and successfully sued for her freedom from enslavement; Lucy Stone who broke with other suffragettes and advocated for the right to vote for all women, not just white women; and Ta’Nika Gibson, a nationally-known singer and Springfield native.


Come and learn about these and other women’s lives and understand how their actions continue to influence our own and be inspired to tell your own stories.


“Voices of Resilience raises the voices of women of color as full participants of the movement to advance women and civil rights,” Janine Fondon, Exhibit Founder and Curator

“Remembering the shoulders on which we stand and discovering the spirit that guided their journey emboldens each of us to embrace the work that remains yet to be done.” Dr. Lucie K. Lewis, Exhibit Scholar


“The goal of the project is to educate, to inspire, and to enrich the life of the community.”    Dr. Demetria Shabazz, Exhibit Scholar


Learn more about the exhibit from these videos: WWLP Channel 20 and NEPM Connecting Point 


Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 2:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception to be among the first to see the exhibit, meet Exhibit Curator Janine Fondon and Exhibit Scholars Dr. Lucie K. Lewis and Dr. Demetria Shabazz, and enjoy a special performance by the Amherst Gospel Choir.


Exhibit Open to the Public: 

Saturdays 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Sundays: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesdays 4–7 p.m.

Group visits outside of these times available by appointment. 

For questions or to set an appointment call: (413) 532-2262 or email voicescenterchurch@gmail.com.



Would you like to help share these important stories with our community? We are in need of reliable docents to welcome visitors and help answer some questions. If you are interested in serving as a docent for this exhibit, please fill out this form or email voicescenterchurch@gmail.com for more information.



You can play a critical role in bringing this important exhibit to our community and providing this important opportunity for connection, learning and inspiration. Gifts of all sizes make an impact in supporting Center Church and this powerful exhibit. Make a donation by check to Center Church or online

  • Business sponsors of $250 or more will have their names displayed on all materials and have reserved seating for the opening event.

  • Individual donors will be listed at the exhibit and opening event



Thank you to our generous sponsors who invested in bringing this exhibit to Center Church: 

And a generous grant from the South Hadley Cultural Council


For further information call Center Church (413-532-2262).  You may send your donation to the Church or give online on this website.