Woodbury Public Library Awarded Grant; Art Exhibit to Highlight the Need for Diversity in Books


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2018  5 PM (Deadline Extended to Friday, May 18, 2018) 

“When there are enough books available that can act as both mirrors and windows for all our children, they will see that we can celebrate both our differences and similarities because together, they are what makes us all human.” – Rudine Sims Bishop 

The Woodbury Public Library is currently seeking a diverse group of artists to participate in a six-month art exhibit entitled “Windows and Mirrors – The Impact of Literature on Lives.” The grant funded project will exhibit the importance of diversity in literature and highlight the disparity of diverse voices in the publishing industry. 

Think you have a unique story to tell? Artists of all ages, ethnicities, races, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and abilities are encouraged to submit a sampling of their work (up to five images) along with a title of a book that has positively or negatively impacted their life and why. Artists chosen will be contacted in early June. Artists chosen will receive a $250 stipend for their work and to cover the cost of art supplies. Works will be exhibited August 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 throughout the Woodbury Public Library. 

Submissions should be emailed to Michelle Yeager at with the subject line “Windows & Mirrors” with the following: 

• JPEG, GIF or PDF of up to five pieces of previous work 

• Artist name & short bio 

• Contact telephone number & email address 

• Artist’s statement (How has the lack of diversity in the publishing industry affected you? Is there a certain book title that has positively or negatively impacted your life? If selected, what book title or concept would you try to convey through your work?) 








Funding for this program has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission an agency under the auspices of Rowan College at Gloucester County.


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