~WOMONSCAPE. SERVING WOMEN. ENRICHING LIVES.~
612 Oak Street in Downtown Baraboo
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The Womonscape Center is a non-profit organization that celebrates and supports women in their desire to live rich and fulfilling lives. The Center’s aim is to be educational, supportive, recreational, peaceful, and safe. The Womonscape Center is a place for women to share resources, conversation, and ideas; for quiet reflection and study; and for workshops and gatherings.
A NOTE TO OUR FRIENDS and FOLLOWERS
WOMONSCAPE IN TRANSITION
Often when the word “transition” is used, it brings up a red flag. It usually…almost always means change—something shifting, something new afoot. Change can be stressful, difficult, exciting, anxiety-producing, and, well, good.
The Womonscape Center will be experiencing some changes over the next few months. For one, we most likely will be relocating, where, how or when we do not know.
The financial situation of the Womonscape Center is changing. On a personal note, from Ricki and Jane:
Our daughter will be going off to college; much if not most of our resources will be spent toward that venture. Receiving a notice of a rent increase helped seal the plan to move on.
It has been a true privilege to have this space in town and we have been blessed to have met all the incredible women and men we have had the luck and privilege of meeting. We have always wanted to open a space for women to ‘just be,’ and that is what we did. For three and a half years we have remained in the same space in downtown Baraboo, opening our doors to all women, and men who treat women with respect. We have remained free for all this time, offering art groups, a book group, a lending library with over 1000 titles, a Womonstrong Film/Seminar Series, and much more. We have worked alongside other community activists to help make Baraboo a safe and welcoming place for women and their friends. We plan to continue to do so.”
Many new ideas have surfaced. We have been looking into a variety of options..from looking into renting a space in the downtown Baraboo area, to not having an office or specific meeting place at all and only meet in different locations (For example, some people have offered their homes to use for group meeting spaces), from not existing at all, to existing on the periphery, or securing an office and space in Reedsburg. Instead of having open drop in times we could have specific events at certain times and days. We can meet once or twice a month instead of weekly with certain groups.
We are also considering a sustaining membership where people can chip in $5, $10, $15 or more a month to support the Womonscape Center in its new formation. It could enable us, for instance, to secure a downtown office and space for the Womonscape Center to meet. With sustaining memberships, folks could, in a way, ‘buy into’ the Center.
All of this, and more, is in the works.
This is not Womonscape going away or closing; it is the Womonscape Center re-inventing itself, changing it’s ‘go-to’ place for getting together. Perhaps we will be Womonscape-On-The-Go, Womonscape-On-The-Road….Womonscape…somewhere.
* Note: This article appeared in our APRIL Newsletter.
The Womonscape Center offers:
- an informational clearing house of women’s resources in Baraboo and the surrounding area, updated frequently
- a source of educational and recreational reading materials authored or edited by women in the form of a free lending library
- discussion groups, music and literature events
- film/seminar nights featuring woman/girl-centered films and discussion
- individual activities such as reading, writing, studying, listening to music, creating art, and simply being still
Every Sunday we have a kettle of hot soup available...always vegetarian and yummy.
Who May Use the Center?
Women of all ages may use the Center whenever it is open. Men who support women in their personal quests are also welcome.
Come and Visit
Stop by and see for yourself what the Womonscape Center has to offer. Bring your ideas, bring a friend, or come on your own. You are very welcome.
How much does it cost?
Participation in Womonscape Center activities is by donation only. Donations are gratefully accepted to help offset operating costs. Womonscape Center is also a commercial-free space.
The Womonscape Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.