Students Annelise Hildebrandt and Zabet NeuCollins are working with COA faculty and students to present a series of discussions about local and global issues to bring awareness to the violence and oppression against women, as well as highlight the potential for creating empowerment and change in our community and around the world. V-Month will end with a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 performance at the Mount Desert Island YWCA, based on Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, a play that reflects upon the female experience through separate monologues.

The students have organized three discussions, one each weekend in February, and a dance party followed by a performance of the play:

  • Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m.: Dance party: location TBA
  • Saturday, February 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.: Art as Activism, a discussion. Deering Common
  • Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.: The Bar Harbor Monologues with an open mic character, with monologues, poems, music written by students, faculty, staff, and community members. MDI YWCA, 36 Mt. Desert Street.

Both Hildebrandt and NeuCollins are participating in the Femininity and Masculinity Go to School class taught by Bonnie Tai, EdD COA faculty member in Educational and Human Studies.

Hildebrandt, of Milwaukee, WI, is an aspiring teacher, with strong interests in girls and gender. With a background in theater and literature, NeuCollins, of Iowa City, IA, is interested in producing artwork that serves as action.

More than a play, The Vagina Monologues has become a movement, commonly known as V-Day. First performed in 1996, by 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world.

For more information about the discussion groups, which are free and open to all, regardless of gender or age, or the performance on February 22 at the Mount Desert Island YWCA, 36 Mt. Desert Street in Bar Harbor, contact Zabet NeuCollins, or