Women’s Art Board is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to helping support education programs at Rockford Art Museum. Founded as the Women’s Board of Rockford Art Museum in 1963, the group presents monthly programs for its members and two outreach programs for the public each year – a three-part Art Talks Lecture Series and the Women’s Art Board Annual Luncheon. Proceeds from both help Women’s Art Board support all education programs of Rockford Art Museum throughout the year. If you’re interested in becoming a member of WAB please email email@example.com or call (815) 968-2787.
Women’s Art Board started in 1963 as an idea and proposal presented by Patricia Sneed, then-vice president and soon-to-be president of the Rockford Art Association Board of Trustees. Having observed the pluses offered by women’s boards at other museums, the concept was for a new group that would provide added dimensions to existing programs. This board was not to be an auxiliary, but would concentrate their efforts on original and enriching art programs for adults and children. Patricia Sneed called upon Patricia Atwood to help plan and bring about this women’s board. The two Pats spent many months investigating and researching how women’s Boards operated at other community museums. It was decided to invite 50 women members of the Rockford Art Association (now Rockford Art Museum) who were known for their creative talents and interest in the arts to be the first members of the “Women’s Board of the Rockford Art Museum,” now known simply as Women’s Art Board. The first meeting was held June 20, 1963, and Atwood accepted the challenge to serve its first president.