Great Women in History
Celebrate the work and wisdom of women making history right here in our community while you enjoy tea, sweet treats and more. Be inspired by speakers, visit the women's history tables, and stroll through new Mansions and Menageries exhibit at Rockwood Museum. Girl Scouts who attend will earn a Women's History fun patch. Light refreshments. Registration is requested. All ages. FREE
Great Women in History
Sunday, March 3,1-3 p.m.
Museum Tours at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
The Carriage House at Rockwood Park
4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington
2019 Great Women in History Honorees:
Sharon Baker has been the creative force behind the evolution of the award-winning production company, TELEDUCTION, since its transition into film and television in 1986. She has over 30 years of project and production experience as a writer, director and producer of documentary TV programs, and digital media projects for nonprofits and business.
Sharon has worked on location throughout the US and in Africa, China, Central America and Europe. Her industry awards include 23 regional EMMY nominations and 9 regional EMMY Awards, the Houston Worldfest Gold Award for ethnic and cultural programming, the NY Festivals World Gold Medal, the National Gabriel Award, and two silver Chris Awards. Her recent titles have screened in Film Festivals throughout the US including Heartland and the NYC Indy Fest where her title, My Friend Ed won Best Short Documentary in 2014. In 2015, Sharon was honored with the Governor's Award for the Arts for outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking.
In 2002, Sharon founded Serviam Media, Inc., DBA Hearts and Minds Film, a nonprofit media initiative designed to inform, inspire and empower diverse audiences through creative media projects. From 2005-2011 she established the Film program at Delaware State University, an HBCU, authoring new curricula and initiating the Hearts and Minds Film Festival.
Tina Betz is a performing artist and arts supporter, who, for more than 30 years, has championed the arts as a stabilizing influence in the transformation of individuals and places. Tina is currently Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Wilmington Mayor’s Office. Her responsibilities include managing the City’s Percent For Art program, public art commissioning, and coordination of the City’s community-wide events including the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, July 4th Celebration, Art On the Town, and the Riverfront Blues Festival. Tina has had the opportunity to work as Cultural Affairs Director for three different mayoral administrations: Dan Frawley, 1987-1990; Jim Baker, 2001-2013; and Mike Purzycki, 2017-present.
In 1988, Tina was the initiator of Jazzin’ On the Square, Wilmington’s first multi-day music festival, which, a few years later, was renamed the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Tina also co-founded the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, Wilmington’s Fringe Festival and Theatre N. Tina was the committee lead for three City of Wilmington public art commissions: Twin Obelisks for Brownie and Clifford Brown Listening Gardens (Rick Rothrock); Unwavering Courage In the Pursuit of Freedom (Mario Chiodo); and Clifford Brown (Jon Hair). She served as the City’s project management liaison for the construction of Shipley Lofts home to the Chris White Gallery, Wilmington’s first residences for creative industry professionals.
Tina currently serves on the board of Delaware Futures and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Delaware State Arts Council. Prior board service includes the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, City Theater Company, Music School of Delaware, Opera Delaware, and Delaware Historical Society. She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Delaware Division of the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Jersey Council on the Arts.
Tina has performed professionally in regional and off-Broadway, day-time soap operas, and as a voice over actor. She has been recognized for her work as an artist and on behalf of the arts as a recipient of the YMCA's Black Achiever's award; Christina Cultural Arts Center's "Christi Award" for Outstanding Achievement by an artist; Girls Inc.'s Strong, Smart and Bold award; and Cab Calloway School of the Arts’ Arts Smarts Award for commitment to the arts in the community. Tina studied acting, voice and musical theater at New York's famed HB Studios. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Boston University.
As an educator, artist, former banker, human services administrator, writer, storyteller, and public speaker on Folk Art and Culture, Eunice LaFate has positively impacted the lives of many. A Jamaican born self-taught artist, Eunice’s vibrant art in acrylic, oil, and watercolors portrays folk culture and embraces human diversity. Through her many career endeavors, LaFate has experienced the profound transforming power of the Arts, starting with her “safe-haven basement gallery” for youth on the Wilmington’s Eastside in the ’90, to the Summer Stop the Violence program; Summer Arts in the Parks. In 2013, LaFate celebrated a 20-Year Folk Art Retrospective with a 3-month Exhibition at the Blue Ball Barn, and the production of a Documentary, “Arts as Prevention.” Her paintings are in the art collection of Delaware Folk Life of the Blue Ball Barn and in the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little, Rock AR.
Eunice LaFate is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including her most 2018, Muriel E. Gilman Award, for her services to children, Trailblazer Award from the Jamaica Diaspora, North East USA, recognizing her for Pioneering a Folk Art Gallery in Wilmington, in 2015. In 2014, Eunice received the Delaware Governor’s Award for the Arts, for being an Advocate for Folk Art
Eunice LaFate earned a BA degree from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a MS degree in Human Services Administration, graduating magna cumlade, from Springfield College, MA.
Girl Scout Gold Award recipient for The Ultimate Mural project.
The Ultimate Mural was a project created to benefit and bring awareness to a local animal shelter. The mural was created to spread knowledge that is not well known about the animals that are most commonly seen there. To spread the word, she created flyers and walked around town handing them out, putting them up in local businesses, and posting them on social media. As a final hoorah to celebrate the completion of the mural, she held an event in which people could come in, take a tour of the shelter, do a scavenger hunt to find certain objects, answer questions about the animals, and see the mural in its finished state