Recognition of the Women in the Arts
We believe in supporting women involved in all forms of artistic expression, particularly women who have had limited opportunities to demonstrate their talents.
TWI promotes art as a vital means of communication that can also be a tool for social consciousness and change.
In this photo, Ummiye Kocak (right) accepts the “2013 Sparks Award” for her contribution as a Turkish woman leader. Presentation of the award was by Sparks facilitator Çağla.
Ummiye began a woman’s theatre in a mountain village in southeastern Turkey around the year 2000. Since then she has been acclaimed by the Turkish government for her work, recognized internationally and profiled in the New Yorker magazine.
Ummiye travels to less accessible areas of Turkey and employs theatre as an instrument of consciousness-raising and social change. Through theatre, her audiences become acquainted with new ways of addressing social problems.
Ayse Nezahat Ayhan (left), born in 1959 in Izmit and the mother of three, began painting in 2006. She has subsequently had the opportunity to take classes with Nalan Kumlali Atahan. Nalan is the curator of the “Looking at the World through the Eyes of a Woman” exhibit organized by TWI in November 2013 in collaboration with the Soroptimists International of Manhattan Beach, California.
Since the beginning of history, women always struggled in terms of equality, even in terms of expressing her own art…Within each brushstroke, color, clay and glass, one can find the creative, openness to new ideas, socially responsible, innovative world of any woman. – Nalan Kumlali Atahan