Harlot. Seductress. Wild Gypsy.

How do female stereotypes vindicate perpetrators and blame victims?

Bullied. Threatened. Murdered. Blamed.

Carmen’s story will help us understand intimate partner violence, intimidation, and domestic abuse. What local resources are available to those affected? How do we become better informed advocates for them? And how can art help share their stories in a safe environment?  


  • Mary Sue Barnett, Louisville Coalition for CEDAW
  • Diana Dinicola, Flamenco Louisville
  • Gretchen Hunt, Director, Office of Victims Advocacy, Kentucky Office of the Attorney General
  • Amy Leenerts, Free2Hope
  • Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, Center for Women and Families
  • Elizabeth Batton Sorensonmezzo-soprano 
  • SGT Tim Stokes, SVU-Sex Crimes Unit, LMPD Major Crimes Division

With insights into artists’ interrogations of conventions surrounding women and labor as seen in the Labor&Materials exhibition currently on view at 21c Museum Hotel.

Join us for arts-centered community conversations that challenge tradition, question social narratives and invite varied perspectives.

Unblaming Carmen

Thursday, August 1, 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Hosted by 21c Museum Hotel

700 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Program is free of charge and open to the public with encouraged RSVP.

Follow the conversation at #CarmenToo