. . . H-I-J-K . . . K is for KEITH HARING: THE BOY WHO JUST KEPT DRAWING author Kay Haring!


As a teenager growing up in suburban New Jersey, I hung out in Manhattan as often as I could – right in the thick of the New York City art scene. Galleries were dominated by the works of people like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I remember seeing Keith Haring’s work in city subways – and I’ve been drawn to his artwork ever since.

 

 

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Keith died of AIDS in 1990. His sister, Kay, recently published a children’s book honoring him. It features Keith’s original artwork, as well as photos of Keith and Kay together. I can’t think of a better way to honor his art, his activism, and his spirit.

 

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I asked Kay, “What does feminism mean to you?” Here’s what she said:

Feminism, to me, is assembling a coalition of like-minded women to act as a support group.  When we lean on other women it helps us to sustain a strong presence in our work and social environments. And can serve to remind us when our passion causes us to sway off course.

Some of the best advice I ever received was from female role models who spoke from life experience, lessons learned from their own challenges. We should listen to the women who have paved the way to where we are now, in order to better understand the way forward.

Feminism is inclusive and draws people together. It is about standing together to expect equal treatment and acceptance as the norm. It is about sharing and supporting and making each other the best we can be.

Thank you, Kay!

 

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Coming from an artistic family, Kay Haring did her share of sketching and drawing while growing up, but found expressing herself with words was more to her liking. For her professional career, Kay spent many years in the nonprofit field, both in management and fundraising capacities. Kay is interested in writing nonfiction stories for children that are inspirational and thought provoking.

FEMINISM FROM A to Z is now available for pre-order!

 

FEMINISM FROM A to Z

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