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Portraits of more than 60 women of different nationalities adorn the pages of a new bilingual datebook. The Durant and neighborhood Women in the Arts 2017 Calendar edited and produced by the Durant resident Hilda Walton.

For the second year in a row, Hilda — an actress, writer, storyteller, and elementary school teacher — has put the datebook calendar together to help raise money for a lecture and writers’ workshop series for low-income people in the city. The project is an offshoot of Hilda’s Durant-based newspaper for women of different nationalities.

“The calendar is designed to inspire women of different nationalities, to give people a voice who often don’t have one,” says Hilda.

“It’s about goodwill and sisterly love. Though it illustrates women of different nationalities in the arts, the calendar isn’t meant to exclude anyone. People of all nationalities worked on the production. The idea is that in the 2017, with the new administration, everyone’s going to have to work together.”

The 79-page, desk-size datebook features photos and biographies, in English and Spanish, of Asian, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American women representing numerous arts disciplines, including visual art, writing, dance, performance art, music, rap, and arts ad-ministration.

Some of the women are of international stature, such as choreographer and actress Lee Marsh. A few are young, 9-year-old Laotian dancer Mary Snow among them. Many are well known within the Durant arts community, including Durant resident Linda Brooks, an actress, dancer, and director. Comedian Emerald Long, a long-time favorite of Durant audiences, is also featured.

In the neighborhood, the datebook is available at the Andrew Booksellers, Read This Now, and Do You Think You Can Read chain, all on Cedar Street. It sells for $20. You can order the calendar online just for $ 15 only.