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Eiteljorg To Host National LGBT-Themed History And Culture Series

by Hyacinth Rucker | Nov 06, 2015

For Immediate Release:         


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Nov. 8 program features Montana jazz musician and artist sanctuary creator

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Can dreams bring us home? Like many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Westerners, jazz artist MJ Williams left her small hometown in search of a “dream” community free of judgment and filled with companionship and safety. But Williams subsequently returned home to co-create the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin, a mountain mining town (pop. 212) unaccustomed to strong women leading alternative lifestyles. Williams’ story is the subject of Out WestTM with the Women of Basin: A Montana Artists Utopia, an afternoon of conversation and performance at the Eiteljorg Museum from 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 8, 2015.

Artists from all over the world converged in Montana’s Rocky Mountains to make art at the refuge Williams established in 1991 with her partner and a group of friends. Over the years, the refuge nurtured more than 300 painters, dancers, writers and musicians from as far away as Poland and China.

“We are proud to host MJ Williams as part of the national Out West program series,” said Dr. Martha Hill, Eiteljorg vice president for public programs and visitor experience. “The series celebrates LGBT women and men and their often-overlooked contributions to the history and culture of the West.”

Out West’s creator and producer, Gregory Hinton, will lead a guided discussion with Williams. Following the discussion, attendees will enjoy a jazz performance by Williams and a dream-sharing activity. The program is included with museum admission. Pre-registration by calling 317.275.1310 is strongly encouraged but not required.

Out West with the Women of Basin is part of the 2015 Spirit & Place Festival (#SPIndy), which runs from November 6-15, 2015. The event is co-presented by the Eiteljorg Museum, the IUPUI Faculty and Staff LGBT Council, the IUPUI Multicultural Center, and Purdue University’s LGBTQ Center. The Spirit & Place Festival reaches 20,000 people each year through dozens of “never before seen” programs that promote growth of the human spirit.

About the Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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