Surprise residents who never got to visit the women’s suffrage exhibit at City Hall last winter before it was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic now have a way to experience it.
It will be part of a video the West Valley Arts Council is producing to highlight art projects in Surprise.
“We’re very excited because this is something we’re giving as a gift to the city of Surprise because we greatly appreciate your support and our partnership,” WVAC president and CEO Sandra Bassett told the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission.
The 27-minute video showcases art throughout the city, and features the newly installed Surprise History Wall, the rotating gallery exhibition and works by local artist Joe Tyler.
Viewers will also get a look at the display on the fight for women to vote, which ended with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.
“People who didn’t get a chance to see this initial installation which supported women’s suffrage will always have it available in the video format and they get to hear the artists talk about the work that was created and how they do it,” Ms. Bassett said.
Several artists who have work on display are interviewed in the video.
“This definitely is a gift,” Arts Commissioner Kathie L. Morgan said. “Anything we have that we can offer I think is just a plus.”
The arts commission viewed the unedited video at its Sept. 14 meeting.
Mrs. Bassett said she will make changes commissioners recommended and will release the final video for the public to view soon.
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