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Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Michele Beaulieux stands with her oil pastel triptych, "Jam Series," at the Side Street Studio Arts Gallery in Elgin, Illinois Photo by Ivette De Santiago I had a great weekend in Elgin, seeing the amazing historic homes, biking the Fox River trail, consignment store shopping, visiting with my gracious host and hostess (who makes beautiful … Continue reading Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, Illinois, 2022 Art about dance at a festival of dance and art! I will be showing my triptych, "Jam Series," and leading a workshop at the 12th annual Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois, June 3-25, 2022. Produced by Side Street Studio Arts, the festival is a celebration of the female … Continue reading Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

April showers rain on RAINN's reign Take Uber or Lyft? Stay in Airbnb? Use TikTok? Drink Absolut? One way to support victim-survivors of sexual violence this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is by advocating for a change in leadership at the Rape Abuse Incest National Network. Please join me in contacting corporate partners of … Continue reading April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Blue cloud raining on the letters R-A-I-N-N which are sinking into a puddle

Bradford William Davis of Insider did an excellent exposé of Rape Assault Incest National Network (RAINN)'s toxic workplace culture: "Insiders say RAINN, the nation's foremost organization for victims of sexual assault, is in crisis over allegations of racism and sexism: 22 current and former staffers say the organization favored by Hollywood and corporate America is in crisis. 'How can RAINN be helping survivors externally, when they're traumatizing … Continue reading Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Holy Is Your Name arranged by Tony Alonso If I had to choose only one thing to do to foster a culture of consent, I would choose creating, singing, and promoting song lyrics that chronicle and celebrate healthy human relationships, call out social inequities, and advocate for social justice. Song lyrics embed in our subconscious … Continue reading Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

More To The Story Podcast (Artwork by Aaron May) In the episode, "Navigating Decisions," of the podcast, More To The Story, host Jamie Sivrais and I, Michele Beaulieux, talk about making decisions after sexual violence. I share my story and explain how I came to create the My Choice Decision Navigator and Our Choices Solution … Continue reading Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

Simone Biles and Rachael Denhollander: Modern Prophets

Simone Biles “has assumed the role of a prophet, ​​publicly calling the institution to account and refusing to simply go away.” That’s what Professor of Catholic Studies Susan Bigelow Reynolds asserted after the only (known) victim-survivor of U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse decided to compete in the Olympics this summer. Biles, a Catholic … Continue reading Simone Biles and Rachael Denhollander: Modern Prophets

A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens

The Future of CI 3-Day International Online Conference April 23-25, 2021 I am happy to announce that I'm presenting "A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens” at The Future of CI international online conference this coming Friday, April 23, 8PM CDT Chicago time. Conference registration is sliding scale, and presentations will be available online for a … Continue reading A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens

The New Yorker Missed that Wikipedia Misses Women

Line drawing of a woman holding a laptop. Dots behind it form the shape of a penis and lines form a vulva.

Eustancey Tilly Edits Wikipedia @2020 Michele Beaulieux My letter to the editor of The New Yorker will be published in the December 14th issue! It points out the sexism in Wikipedia and in Louis Menand’s review of the anthology, Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution. The letter is only seven sentences, so in … Continue reading The New Yorker Missed that Wikipedia Misses Women

Connecting the Dots: Jeffrey Toobin, Sexism, The New Yorker

Line drawing of side view of a woman holding a laptop. Dots behind it form the shape of a penis.

Eustancey Tilly connects the dots @ 2020 Michele Beaulieux "My Rejected Letters to The New Yorker" have a pattern. Most point out sexism in the magazine authors' assumptions and writing, sexism so glaring that I question why, if the writers were as clueless as they apparently were, that the editors didn’t step in. It wasn’t … Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Jeffrey Toobin, Sexism, The New Yorker