WHAT WE DO
Have Art: Will Travel! (HAWT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. It is a collaborative arts organization founded in 1972 by artist-activist Linda Stein, and incorporated in 1978. It offers visual and tactile programs that foster social change, gender equality and diversity through its exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programs.
Two of these programs are currently traveling from 2010-2020 to more than forty museums, institutions, and universities around the country and abroad. One of these, called The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, is comprised of sculptures, four looped videos and limited-edition prints. The event includes a lecture by the artist, and is accompanied by body-swapping performances by local participants who don Stein’s wearable sculptures. As with all of HAWT’s exhibitions, it has an extensive educational component, with a website of scholarly research and student encounters, as well as catalog, and looped videos.
A third exhibition, now getting read to travel, is called Displacement From Home: What To Leave, What To Take – Cabinets, Cupboards, Cases and Closets by Linda Stein. This takes the artist beyond her Holocaust involvement, to issues of global displacement and to more expressionistic art which addresses traumatic memory and loss, as well as the solace of sanctuary and safety.
HAWT MISSION STATEMENT
TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER PEOPLE TO LIVE FEARLESSLY
A laboratory for social change, HAWT fosters acceptance of evolving expressions of gender and diversity through artistic media and dynamic intellectual exchange.
With art as a starting point, HAWT empowers people to more easily reach their personal authenticity and, beyond themselves, accept diversity in others.
With exhibits, lectures, performances, books, educational workshops and websites, HAWT addresses issues of oppression, including racism, sexism, ableism, classism and trans/homophobia, as seen through the lens of bullying.