PEG Center for Art & Activism and Women in Action Huddle Host March Events

Mar 15, 2022Arts & Culture, Events

PEG Center for Art & Activism and Women in Action Huddle Host March Events

Newburyport, MA, March 15, 2022 – The PEG Center for Art & Activism and the Women in Action Huddle of Greater Newburyport have sprung into action with three events in March: a community discussion about resettled Afghan families in Newburyport, a collection to benefit local women, and an artist reception for the current exhibition at the PEG Center, “Sowing Dissent: Quilts of Love and Protest.”

The public is invited to take part in the following events:

  • From Housing to Home Afghan Resettlement in Newburyport. Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. via Zoom. A group discussion of next steps to help Afghan refugees settle into more permanent housing. Speakers include Newburyport Mayor Sean Reardon, Susanne Cameron from the Affordable Housing Trust, Anca Moraru from the International Institute of New England, Rev. Jarred Mercer from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, ad Rev. Rebecca Bryan from the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist. Both churches are currently hosting Afghan families. Register for this online event at Register at

  • HERstory Collection Drive during March. In honor of March as Women’s History Month and the International Day of the Woman on March 8, the Women in Action Huddle is collecting sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products to donate to local women through the First Parish Newbury food pantry. Sanitary napkins are rarely donated, expensive, and are not covered by SNAP/food stamp benefits. The community can help in two ways:
    • Drop off items at collection bins at:
      • The PEG Center, 3 Harris St.
      • The Dance Place, The Tannery, 75 Water St.
      • Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53½ Washington the corner of Olive St.
    • Donate money (we will buy in bulk for better value) to [] or send a check to: The PEG Center for Art & Activism, 3 Harris St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Please note March Collection.
    • Contact Maria Chanin with questions at
  • Artist Reception for Sowing Dissent: Quilts of Protest & Love at the PEC Center on Thursday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. Artist/activist Penny Mateer from Pittsburgh will be on site for the event with social justice quilter Sylvia Hernandez and artist/educator/activist L’Merchie Frazier participating by Zoom from 6:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibition is on display until April 9th. The PEG Center is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

The PEG Center for Art & Activism is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations at to help continue its mission. Any amount is appreciated.

About the PEG Center for Art & Activism

The mission of the PEG Center for Art & Activism is to provide our clients and visitors with the transcendent beauty of contemporary art and to be a catalyst for conscious change. We seek to elevate the quality of our community and lives through creative expression, engaging conversations, and committed action. We create and nurture programming to address human rights, social justice and the environment. Visit the PEG Center at 3 Harris Street in Newburyport, MA or follow us at for events, special programs and more. Paula Estey can be reached at 978-376-4746 or