Get Ready for SWAN Day 2014!
The Seventh International Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day will be celebrated around the world on Saturday, March 29 and throughout March and April. This is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity.
There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.
We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and newsletters over the next three months. If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.
Ways To Participate in SWAN Day
- Organize Arts Events for SWAN Day – There have been over 1,000 SWAN Day events in 23 countries in the past 6 years. Join the fun by organizing an event in your community!
Your event can be a performance, exhibit, rally, parade, workshop, or any other activity that draws attention to women artists or raises money for women artists in your community. To post your event on our website, please visit our SWAN Calendar and then click on the link labelled “Post Events” at the top right of the SWAN Calendar page.
- Host a SWAN Day Party – Gather friends at your house to talk about ways that you might help the women artists in your community. Invite local artists to speak at the party or use theWomenArts Network to find artists that you would like to support. If you want to find films written and directed by women to show at your party, you can check out our page ofWebsites with Helpful Information about Women in Film.
- Donate to Your Favorite Women Artists – If you love seeing the work of a particular woman artist, send her a check on SWAN Day to help her make more art. If you are having a gathering, ask everyone to contribute some amount of money and then make a group decision about which women artists you want to support.
- Introduce Students to Women Artists in the US & Elsewhere – If you are a teacher, tell your students about SWAN Day and introduce them to women artists! Use theWomenArts Network, our list of Directories of Women Artists, or other sources to find local women artists you could invite to your classes.
- Start Wearing SWAN Shirts, Jewelry and Other Items – Show your support by wearing shirts, jewelry and other items featuring swans. When anyone asks you, tell them you are wearing swans because you want to see more art reflecting women’s perspectives. These casual conversations are a great way to make people more aware of the discrimination faced by women artists. We have SWAN shirts, hats, and mugs available in the SWAN Store at: www.cafepress.com/womenarts.
NEWS OF THE
SWAN Day CT Nominated
for "Best Festival"
SWAN Day CT has been nominated for Hartford Magazine's "Best Annual
Now in its seventh year,SWAN Day CT is a festival of music, theatre, dance and visual arts organized by singer-songwriter Jennifer Hill.
In November, Jennifer Hill also organized a free SWAN Kids event called HartRock at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.
New – SWAN Day
Graça Samo, the new International Coordinator for World March of Women, was inspired by the past three SWAN Day Kenyaevents. She shared the SWAN concept with her colleagues at the feminist organization Forum Mulherin Mozambique, and now they are organizing an event to showcase the women artists in Mozambique.
SWAN Day Pittsburgh
Tressa and Don DiGiulio ofSWAN Day Pittsburgh were inspired this year by the Maya Angelou quote: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
They are asking actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists to create new works based on stories they have never told before. They will organize an evening of these new works for SWAN Day 2014. They are also doing a SWAN Day Pittsburgh Jr. event for girls in the afternoon.
International Teaching Artist Conference? www.itac2.org.au Artists (of all disciplines–and different terms are used in different countries to describe this work) who work in social change and community development movements around the world come together every two years to meet and share their learning and practices. It is hard to get word to interested artists–so thank you TWB for this opportunity.
conference (Oslo 2012) had delegates from 24 countries, and was deeply
impactful—with a number of theatre for social change delegates. Can you help us get the word out to colleagues (in all art forms) who might be interested? I would love there to be a variety of voices and
practices shared in Australia—I will hope to see you there.
Thank you. www.itac2.org.au
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