Kerry Washington and Joy Bryant Celebrate to Raise Funds for Women and Public Art

57515163On September 16, Bronx native actresses Kerry Washington and Joy Bryant join environmental leader Majora Carter in the Bronx to honor their fellow Uptown Girls and to raise funds for public art projects that empower women and girls.Successful Uptown Girls are everywhere and have overcome enormous odds to get where they are. We comprise an informal sisterhood of leading scientists, artists, executives, and most recently – a Supreme Court Justice!” Majora Carter


The inaugural Uptown Girls benefit will be in the South Bronx under the tent at Father Gigante Plaza: Tiffany Street and Southern Boulevard on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit benefit event will raise money for large-scale environmentally-themed murals at major intersections in the Bronx. The project is coordinated by the nationally recognized Groundswell Community Mural Project which engages youth, professional artists, and the community to create pertinent, professional, quality public art. The art embraces unifying themes of women’s self- empowerment, family, community, pride and respect for the earth.

Some of the Uptown Girl honorees include Kerry Washington, Joy Bryant, Dr. Carolyn Williams, the first female President at Bronx Community College, Wanda Salaman, Executive Director, Mothers on the Move and Dr. Valerie Capers, acclaimed jazz performer and educator.

The Bronx may no longer be ‘burning’, but for many young women, their dreams for positive futures burn before they even know it. The Bronx has twice the statewide average of domestic abuse, and teen pregnancy – which contribute significantly to girls’ high school drop-out rates.

Programming in the performing and visual arts that support the development of young women and girls are difficult to fund. It is often considered non-essential, although studies have closely linked girls’ self-esteem with their ability to express them creatively.

Pictured: Actress Kerry Washington attends the Amend Charity Luncheon with Michelle Yeoh at the Hotel Du Cap during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)