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Women in Focus 2019: Take Care- Stories, Songs, and Prose for Caretakers


Sun (3/24) 2:30pm


  • This is a FREE event, open to the public!

Free chair massages in the CST lobby, offered by Nadia Ramsey and the team at Restorative Massage!

Women in Focus is an annual multi-media event hosted by Court Square Theater and the Arts Council of the Valley which focuses on women's issues with art, poetry, music, storytelling and presentations from professionals working in various fields. It will be held on Sunday, March 24th at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, VA.

The 2019 Women in Focus will concentrate on female caregivers and healthcare by shining light on resources women can turn to in our area- support groups, clinics, monetary programs, etc. Women taking care of children, aging parents, and infirm spouses often become isolated over-burdened as they work to "do it all." We will focus on the often overlooked side of caregiving: the needs of the caregiver, and discuss preventative screenings for physical well-being, as well as how to maintain mental health during trying times. Our goal for the 2019 Women in Focus is for participants and attendees to leave informed, supported and empowered.

See the set list for this event below!

Our event’s MC is local actor, Gina Currence.


Emily Young

Volunteer Services Manager at VMRC


Teresa Townsend

of Tapestry Life Stories


Jenna Bryant and Anne Paulus

to music by Sylvan Esso- *Come Down”


Dawn Davis Womack

X2 Comedy, Voiceover Talent, Actor


Shanie Armstrong

Narcotics Anonymous


Kathy Guisewite

Caregivers Community Network Coordinator through VPAS & IIHHS at JMU

Music by

Betty Ecklund and Cathy Strickler

Violin Duets


Mackenzie Jenkins


Cheryl Talley

Vice President of People Helping People


Leeanne Shepherd

Assistant Director of Second Home


10 minutes


Connie Magee

Sound Healing and Gong Bath

Keynote Speaker

Paloma Saucedo

Arcoiris Bilingual Day Care

Music by

Spectator Bird


Angela M. Carter

Author and Artist


Laura Toni-Holsinger

Executive Director of United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County


Brenda Diaz

Las Traumadas zine

Music by

Rachel Austin

Improviser, songwriter, electric composer

Curated Spoken Word

Brandy Somers

Presenting a compilation of anonymous pieces

from Caregivers and Nurses

Poster artwork by Lynda Bostrom

Poster artwork by Lynda Bostrom

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