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The Story Behind the “Obamanos” Coat: History, Hope and Environmental Change
Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
FREE for Members!
This year we hope that 2021 will mark a new administration’s return to a commitment to protect our environment.
Environmental artist and activist Nancy Judd will mirror this hope as she shares her memories of the excitement and anticipation for change abounding as she attended the Green Inaugural Ball hosted by former Vice President Al Gore. On that historic day, millions had witnessed the swearing in of Barack Obama, the first African American to win election to the nation’s highest office. And our own Nancy Judd was there for this once in a lifetime moment of unity, pride and hope that captured the heart and soul of the nation and the world.
On that historic night Nancy Judd’s Obamanos Coat was showcased at numerous inaugural balls and caught the attention of a curator at the Smithsonian Institute. Today the Obamanos Coat resides in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Join a mini “Ted” type” talk with environmental artist Nancy Judd as she tells the story of her Obamanos Coat, created from door hangers discarded after the 2008 Obama campaign.The piece was completed with the help of 25 volunteers, took over 400 hours to complete and traveled to Washington D.C. on the night of President Obama’s Inauguration.
Nancy Judd, who has taught several upcycle art and fashion classes at the Ecology Center, strives to change the way people live on the earth through innovative exhibitions in museums and public spaces that showcase her sustainable fashion designs made from trash to raise environmental consciousness.
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