Lucy McClure: Nasty Women Art Show and Film Festival


Lucy McClure is an artist and mother of two highly spirited children from Hamden, CT. A Brazilian immigrant, Lucy moved to the United States with her parents in 1999 when she was 17 years old. As an artist involved in the arts community for years, she recently and unexpectedly found herself deeply involved in the arts activism scene in New Haven after the 2016 presidential election. "After the last debate in November, it hit me that Trump might end up being our president and that scared me as a mother, a woman and an immigrant. Complacency was no longer a choice. I wasn't willing to let every right that was given to me, my children and every person, especially women, be taken away without doing something about it".

After witnessing the powerful success of the original Nasty Women Art Show in New York, curated by Jessamyn Fiore and Roxanne Jackson, Lucy decided to accept the open invitation by Nasty Women NY to develop a Nasty Women Art show in her own community. As a co-organizer, along with Valerie Garlick and Sarah Fritchey, the three organized a free, open art show in the New Haven Institute Library that later earned them one of the New Haven Arts Council's 2017 Arts Awards for mobilizing an entire community to get involved in the arts.   

"In the face of injustice, if you have the ability to be a voice for others you should use it," she says. When asked how she thinks the Nasty Women Art Show has affected her community, she says, "I think it has given them an opportunity to have a voice in an artistic way by utilizing the arts to be part of a bigger movement to come together in solidarity, because together all of our voices are stronger than one person's. It gave people a platform in a safe space to respond to our current administration's stripping away of basic human rights, especially toward women."   

After the success of the Art Show, McClure is now the lead organizer of a continued effort - The Nasty Women Film Festival - in which the goal is, "to use motion picture as another outlet of communication for social change and social justice by allowing film makers to share their stories about how they feel under this current administration and especially on LGBTQ issues, Women's issues, racism, immigration and refugees."  

As for the future of Nasty Women New Haven, Lucy hopes for continued collaboration with other local organizations to incorporate arts opportunities for their communities and to encourage people to see "how important they [arts] can be and how powerful they can be as a tool for activism".  

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