Pop-up exhibit celebrates pregnancy and motherhood

Leading women artists from Pittsburgh will celebrate pregnancy and motherhood at a pop-up exhibit, “Birthing a Movement,” on June 8 and 9 at William Pitt Union.

Women and children on street.On June 8, the Graduate School of Public Health is joining with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Women Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) to host an opening cocktail reception and “an evening of art activism.”

The art in the “Birthing a Movement” exhibit also will address the growing maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. and some of the many other challenges mothers face.

During the reception, attendees will have the opportunity to sign on to a letter-writing campaign advocating for better health outcomes for moms and babies, help co-create a community art piece, learn about innovative women’s health work from the Pitt Public Health and add their voice to a video-storytelling experience.

The free reception — from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lower Lounge — will include food and drinks.

Participating artists include JoAnne Bates, Jaime Bird, Margot Dermody, Anne Fowler, Heather Heitzenrater, Sarah Lebeck-Jobe and Kayla Rothman-Zecher, among others to still be announced. All art will be for sale by the artists.

The art also will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. on June 9 during the Carnegie Library’s Reading Extravaganza at Schenley Plaza. WHAMglobal will have a tent at the Reading Extravaganza featuring an interactive family-focused art project.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its three operating arms — the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Health Careers Futures and WHAMglobal — develop and manage programs, research, training and grantmaking to perfect patient care.