Last week was tough on a lot of women, myself included. I found myself seeking solace with sisters and dusting off my “Girl Power” posters. So, imagine my glee, when following my editor’s suggestion, I found myself in the French Quarter interviewing Alice McGillicuddy, curator and shop manager of the Glitter Box.
The Glitter Box is a shop space run for and by women. The store is mission driven — by showcasing female artists and makers, hosting workshops and supporting social justice groups, Glitter Box aims to be a space for celebration and community action.
“As we see it, in order for women to advance in meaningful ways, we must connect with one another and support each other whenever and however possible,” says owner/director Lila Heymann. “We have seen enough of the good old boy network and it’s choking us by the minute. It’s crucial now to help build a dynamic robust NEW HUMAN NETWORK that is lead by females!”
Heymann’s family is from Lafayette and she is active in her family’s foundation, The Heymann Foundation. One of the largest supporters of the Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the foundation also supports such groups as the NOPD Foundation, Stomp the Violence, The Make it Right Foundation and The Tipitina’s Foundation.
The business was once The Foundation Gallery, a fine arts gallery, but a year and a half ago they decided to rebrand the business.
"We wanted to be more accessible with lower price points and to make this a community space rather than a white-wall gallery,” says McGillicuddy.
The store sells costumes, jewelry, accessories, fine art prints, original art and so much more, all created and produced by women.
“Once we pulled the thread on the community of female artists, we discovered so many great artists,” McGillicuddy says. “Right now, we have art from 120 different women and we are excited to always be finding new things and new artists. We value all art, whether it’s fine art or a beautifully handcrafted pair of earrings. They are all items to be treasured.”
The Glitter Box also chooses a nonprofit and gives 10 percent of their profits to that organization. Currently, funds are benefiting the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
The store periodically hosts events such as Stich and Bitch, where participates gather to create art and just to spend sometime together. Next up is a workshop decorating witch hats on Oct. 16. For $20 you’ll get all the supplies, witch tips, glamour spells and goddess readings.
“We want this to be a place where women feel safe and celebrated and where they can just have fun,” says McGillicuddy.
She is also working on a female directory that will list female hairstylists, house painters and everything in between.
Currently, Glitter Box is doing a voter registration drive. Last week they registered 12 new voters. It will continue until Oct. 16 in the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Because this is such a critical time in our history, Heymann believes that women have to win seats in elections and they must support female businesses and causes.
“Doing right is what Lila does, it’s just like breathing air for her,” says McGillicuddy “She knows she comes from privilege and she does right by that.”
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