Her Flag-100 years of voting
Her Flag is a nationwide art and travel project created by artist Marilyn Artus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 72 years long nonviolent fight that kicked open voting for women in the United States.
Marilyn has collaborated with a woman artist from each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law to create a HUGE 18 x 26 foot flag. Each artist created artwork inspired by this anniversary that Marilyn turned into a stripe. Marilyn’s original plan was to travel to all 36 states in order of ratification over 14 months, taking 17 separate trips. She sewed the stripe onto the flag in each Capital city in a public performance with the artist that made the representing stripe attending.
She began traveling June of 2019 and completed over 20,000 miles in her car before the end of the year. She got to the 25th state to ratify, Oregon, before Covid 19 stopped the traveling to make Her Flag. She began live-streaming the sewing of each stripe from her home in Oklahoma.
(Marilyn will be going to the last state, Tennessee, to live stream from the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on August 18th.)
The culmination is a new flag sewn as a thank you and a love letter to the states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law.
This project is about moving forward. This project is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about Americans. It is about celebrating an important anniversary in our history. And it is about evaluating how we can encourage more women to participate in their democracy.
The year 2020, as we know, is a presidential election year. It is proving be a tough year full of negative politics. Marilyn’s hope is that all who participate or witness this project will have a respite from the political mayhem that is swirling around us and take a moment to reflect on this incredible accomplishment by our foremothers and fathers.
UPDATE! WE ARE MAKING A DOCUMENTARY AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The completion of the flag will be celebrated with a short film that follows the project, the history of women’s right to vote (before and after the passing of the 19th Amendment) and the importance of the right to vote.
We have already shot a significant amount of footage leading up to when Covid-19 hit and are in the midst of a campaign to raise $25,000 to complete the short film about the project.
We have been working with highly-acclaimed filmmaker Bradley Beesley to capture footage and will create a short film to be released in September 2020, to illustrate Her Flag, women’s voting rights history and encourage women to use their right to vote.
Can you help Marilyn and Her Flag be documented in perpetuity with a donation? Through Her Flag’s partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts, your donation is tax-deductible and with the newly enacted CARES Act, individuals can deduct 100% of their adjusted gross income in 2020, if you itemize deductions, and if you don’t itemize deductions, you can deduct an additional $300 over the standard deduction. Corporations can deduct 25% of taxable income.
Any donation is greatly appreciated but we are able to list anyone who donates more than $1,000 on the credits of the short film and those providing donations of $2,500 or more will be listed as Associate Producer of the short film and on social media. Everyone will be recognized on the website.
Her Flag is a dynamic way to get the message across to all Americans the importance of voting. Please help us to make the short film happen!
I am an artist in Oklahoma, the middle of the country, the perfect place to base this nationwide project that reaches from shore to shore of the United States. My work explores the female experience and women’s issues.
I have shown my mixed media work from coast to coast in the United States at museums, galleries and universities. I was awarded the Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011 and led an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of female pop art.
In 2011, I created a body of work that highlighted women that lived and fought for the right to vote for women in the U.S. To create these works, I dove into the research. I fell in love with this time period and the women I met. I know this might sound strange, but I didn’t realize how hard this fight was. That generations of women who fought for the right to vote died before the 19thamendment was passed. Susan B. Anthony didn’t live to see women get the right to vote. I also had never read about women like Frances Wright, Victoria Woodhull and Miriam Leslie in my school textbook growing up. Reading and learning about this time in American history became a passion for me.
I have been using the American flag as a vehicle to explore my feelings about being a woman. It was only natural to continue on with this on a larger scale for this project. My existing work is mixed media collage. This project is a larger version of the work I am currently creating but rather than combining materials it combines the history and experience of the 36 women artists that I will be collaborating with.
My family has been in the United States since its inception. I can track family back to the revolutionary war. I have found 3 ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary, my great great great grandmother Jesse Hayes was an early member of The Daughters of the Revolution. Two family members fought for the Union during the Civil War and were captured and held in Confederate prisons. I also had family that came West and settled in Oklahoma in the 19thcentury. I have a family legacy that has actively participated in the American dream since its founding. I want to continue that legacy of service through my art making, by honoring the 100thanniversary of the 19thamendment that gave women the right to vote.