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Advancing Women Artists

Advancing Women Artists Foundation, an American not-for-profit (501c3), is committed to identifying and restoring artwork by women in Florence’s museum storages. Myriad paintings and sculptures by ground-breaking women artists have been overlooked for centuries and, many works are currently in desperate need of restoration. As of today, compelling artistic treasures continue to be a silent, undiscovered part of the city’s creative heritage. Through education (lectures, books, seminars, and conferences) and by exhibiting these works in Florence and abroad, it will prove possible to disclose this vital cultural legacy and promote its importance in Florence, in Italy and to the world.
Founded and chaired by Dr. Jane Fortune in 2003, The Florence Committee is the non-profit Italian association and the counterpart of Advancing Women Artists, a not-for-profit foundation in the United States. The Florentine partner of AWA, it promotes the institutional development of restoration projects sponsored and advanced by Dr.Fortune. Today, The Florence Committee’s role is primarily cultural: it organizes lectures and events, inspired by Florence’s art and culture and linked to women artists and scholars, for its due-paying members. Since 2006, the Committee recognizes modern-day women artists, as well as those who sustain art by women in Florence.
On the new Advancing Women Artists website that is now online, you can read about past and future projects of the foundation, make a donation to support women artists, and more.

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