Andrea Downs is a catalyst for helping women air out their "dirty" laundry
by Mai-Lis Bahr on January 8, 2019 in People of Charlotte
People of Charlotte, meet Andrea, Founder of Airing Out the "Dirty" Laundry, a collaborative, pop-up art exhibit of women's stories. Through ongoing exhibits of visual narratives, women are given a space to unite through storytelling while building community. Andrea states, "There is nothing “dirty” about these stories, but we have been told by people and our culture that some people do not want to hear them." Not anymore...
When did you realize that you had to "air out the dirty laundry?"
When I was in 8th grade, my English teacher encouraged me to write an opinion column for the school magazine. The column addressed the racial tension that was prevalent among my peers at my school in Westerville, OH. This was the first time that I used my voice and my privilege to affect positive change.
Fast forward to the first Charlotte Women's March where the experience of marching with my then 9-year-old daughter, Bronwyn, gave me the courage to conceptualize this participatory project. I chose to become an activist that day, surrounded by and united with women across the globe who believe in equality and in our shared responsibility to create a more just world.