The American Association of University Women - Redding
By Christy Milan
A Firm Foundation
Story by Christy Milan
Photos by Noella Pearson
IT IS NOT JUST A PROMISE of the traditional fresh-baked cookies that encourages a visit to the Home Tour and Art Show. The opportunity to tour three distinct and unique homes is not one to miss. Each private home has a character of its own. Homes on the tour are meant to inspire and appreciate – each has unique architecture or a feature that sets it apart from other houses.
Presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this will be the 49th Annual Home Tour & Art Show, offering tours of three distinct homes along with showcasing art.
Nouvant Homes Inc. is the event’s main sponsor and has donated its newest model home in Deer Creek Manor north of Redding for the event to showcase as part of the tour. Seeing as it is a model home, the Deer Creek Manor location will serve as the pop-up art venue where those touring can enjoy art by local artists, refreshments and the views of the valley and mountains. AAUW member artists’ creations will not only be showcased, but will also be available for purchase, along with raffle tickets.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased in advance and are available at Holiday Market on Placer and on Hartnell in Redding, Enjoy the Store, Marshall’s Florist & Fine Gifts, Plaza Interiors Furniture & Design, Dandelion, Holiday Market in Palo Cedro, Maxwell Insurance & Financial or on the AAUW website.
“It is enlightening and rewarding to experience the commitment and dedication of the women who comprise the membership of the Redding Branch,” says this year’s home tour chair, Noella L. Pearson. “I extend heartfelt and grateful appreciation to all AAUW members. Their collaboration in support of the Home Tour & Art Show allow our branch to achieve its mission.”
Proceeds from the event are divided between AAUW local scholarships and AAUW National Fellowship Endowment which supports candidates working on advanced degrees (PhD or research).
“I am proud to be a part of such a dynamic and dedicated group of women,” says AAUW President Tara Swanson. “AAUW’s mission is to promote equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Our annual home tour has enabled us to raise money for local scholarships and also support the AAUW educational fellowships for the past 49 years. We hope many are able to join us on November 2.”
AAUW was founded in 1881 by Ellen Swallow Richards and Marion Talbot. The mission combines advocacy, education, philanthropy and research to advance the equity of women and girls. Membership is open to those with an associate of arts degree or equivalent, Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited educational institution. Membership in a branch offers friendship with a united platform which makes positive changes to local communities. Members can also enjoy interest groups such as drama, wine tasting, film, art and hiking.
The Redding branch of AAUW has been serving members since 1942. Branch members have the opportunity to network at the local level, serve in leadership positions and sponsor community action projects. Pearson was president in 2018-2019 and says, “It has been my personal honor to serve as president. It has also been an honor to chair the Home Tour & Art Show for 2018 and 2019.”
Tara Swanson serves as president for the 2019-2020 board year. Their vision, as stated on their website, is to “bring people together for the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.”
AAUW’s Redding branch co-sponsors a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, which inspires middle-school girls to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists. AAUW also developed Tech Trek, a science and math camp that promotes interest and excitement in these fields. Young women who enter eighth grade in the fall gain self-confidence and experience with hands-on activities. The camp is held on a university campus where students sleep, eat and enjoy recreational opportunities along with learning. Every year, Redding AAUW provides scholarships for local girls to attend.
“Without our members’ selfless commitment, we would not be able to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research,” says Pearson. •
American Association of University Women
Home Tour and Art Show
Nov. 2, 10 am – 3:30 pm • www.aauwredding.org