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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Karen J Blair
|Description:||x, 259 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Arts in nineteenth-century American women's lives --
Arts and activism: an overview of women's clubs, 1890-1930 --
"Hear America first": women's amateur musical societies --
Women's societies for the visual arts: the struggle to be seen --
Pageantry and the women's rights movement, 1905-1925 --
Little theater movement --
Clubhouse as arts center.
|Series Title:||Philanthropic studies.|
|Other Titles:||Torch bearers.|
|Responsibility:||Karen J. Blair.|
Clubwomen - typically white, urban, Protestant, and middle class - considered themselves "torchbearers" who could lead others to embrace the highest ideals. They combatted popular or vulgar culture while promoting women and regional artists ignored by the professional elite and encouraging creative expression for everyone. In the process, they helped build an audience for "high" culture, promoted municipal art galleries, started numerous little theaters, and made a place for the arts in the school curriculum. Even in the context of the growing professionalism in the arts and the benevolence of large, well-funded male philanthropic institutions, the women's amateur arts clubs were influential in the evolving cultural life of the nation.
- Feminism and the arts -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
- Feminism and the arts -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs.
- Féminisme et arts -- États-Unis -- Histoire -- 19e siècle.
- Féminisme et arts -- États-Unis -- Histoire -- 20e siècle.
- Femmes -- États-Unis -- Associations.
- Geschichte 1890-1930.
- Feminism and the arts.
- Women -- Societies and clubs.
- United States.