Happy SWAN Day 2014!

Dark River Poster

Section of poster designed by Sarah Jane White for Mary Watkins’ “Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story.”

Thanks so much to all of you who are participating in the Seventh International Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Day. Whether you are organizing an event, attending an event, spreading the word, or giving a gift to your favorite woman artist, you are part of a growing world-wide movement. There are SWAN 2014 events all over the U.S. and in places as far flung as Australia, Bulgaria, Kenya, Russia, Italy, and Northern Ireland.  (See the list below.)

In all of these communities women are gathering to bring harmony to the world through music, to build movements that inspire us to dance, to share pictures that open our eyes, and to tell stories that heal our hearts.

As women and as artists, we take this troubled world in our hands and work to make it better. When we celebrate SWAN Day, we can feel the power of our joy, our commitment, and our immense collective creativity.

Thanks to all of you for your perseverance in these challenging times. Whether your celebration is large or small today, I hope that on SWAN Day you will feel the energy of women artists and allies all over the world who are cheering for you to reach your full potential.

Sending Lots of SWAN Love to All of You!
Martha Richards, Executive Director, WomenArts

List of SWAN Day 2014 Events

For more detailed information about these events, you can search for them on the SWAN Calendar or check the WomenArts Blog to see if we did an article about them.  Some of these events took place earlier in the month and some will happen in the next few weeks.

UNITED STATES EVENTS (Scroll to bottom or click here for International Events)

Name of Event City State Organizer
Performing Three Books Alameda CA Books Inc  Alameda
Amber Snider, Deborah Crooks @ High St. Station Alameda CA Amber Snider and Deborah Crooks
Impressions of Impressionists & Beyond Benicia CA Arts Benicia Presents Mernie Buchanan
Awaken Your Queen – Intentional Creativity Painting Play Date Benicia CA Kerry Lee & Tina Greene
What Do The Women Say? Berkeley CA Golden Thread Productions
Law of Seeds Art Reception and Mayoral Proclamation Brisbane CA Beth Grossman
Lost In Living – Documentary About Mother/Artists Los Angeles CA Mary Trunk
Blood on the Cat’s Neck Los Angeles CA Theater TAS
Oneira: I Dream the Self – Second Women Artists Group Exhibition Los Angeles CA Studio C Gallery
SWAN Day Martinez Martinez CA Martinez Arts Association
The Motherhood Archives Oakland CA Irene Lusztig – Filmmaker
Feminist Tour of the Norton Simon Museum Pasadena CA Margaret Danielak
Spotlight: Jan Wurm Richmond CA Richmond Art Center
Book Reading with Author Alyscia Cunningham San Diego CA Women’s Resource Center & Women’s Museum of California
Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance Graduate Debut Recital San Francisco CA Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance
Caribbean Passages: An Artist’s Visual Journey San Francisco CA Orlonda Uffre
Crystal Springs (World Premiere) San Francisco CA Kathy Rucker, Playwright Eureka Theatre
Images Spanning 45 Years San Francisco CA Happy L.A. Hyder
Pasha Band Music Night at Al-Masri San Francisco CA Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance
Party at the Garden of Allah, or Lesbians in Pre-Code Hollywood San Francisco CA Z Space/Lisa Steindler & E.H. Benedict, Playwright
Sorya! We Are Still At It! San Francisco CA Theatre of Yugen
Unofficial Rakkasah Festival Performance Night San Francisco CA Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance
Will Work For Venice CA Dacyl Acevedo
Athena Project Arts Festival Aurora CO Athena Project
Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Bi-Monthly Story Slam Boulder CO Johanna Walker and Nina Rollee
SWAN Day Colorado – The Creative Sojourn Carbondale CO Women Artists of Colorado
SWAN Dance Carbondale CO Coredination, A Movement Studio and Gayle Embrey
Six Women Play Festival Colorado Springs CO Zanne Hall
The 4th Annual Women+Film VOICES Film Festival Denver CO The Denver Film Society
SWAN Day Mixer and Play Reading Denver CO And Toto too Theatre Company
SWAN Day CT 2014 Wolcott CT Jennifer Hill
Art Soiree Fine Art Series: Exclusive Exhibit for Ilona DuBuske Washington DC Art Soiree – Ilona DuBuske
SWAN Day at the Avalon Washington DC Avalon Theatre
Art Soiree Fine Art Series: Exhibit for Sariah Sami Najam Washington DC Art Soiree – Sariah Sami Najam
Second Launching of Creative Conversation Washington DC Artrepreneur Movement with Rachel Pope
Vanessa Baez Memorial Brunch Bal Harbour FL Spoken Soul Festival
SUMAK Healing Arts and Gallery Boynton Beach FL Denny Reed and Nancy Nolan
Women in the Arts 2014 Doral FL Museum of the Americas
SWAN Community Program 2014 Miami FL Spoken Soul Festival
SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase Vol. 7  – SWAN Day Miami Miami FL Spoken Soul Festival
New Seeds Festival Tampa FL Silver Glass Productions
Soukous Sunday 2.0 with Sauda Decatur GA Sauda Jackson
Two Musicals for Charity Performance Douglasville GA Mini Broadway Bites
Cypress South Duluth GA Sue Wilkinson
Women of Wonders Film Fest Honolulu HI Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking
Darlin’ by Joshua Rollins Chicago IL Step Up Productions
End of Winter Plunge – Lost Artists Show Chicago IL The Lost Artist Colony
Holly Near, John Bucchino and Emma’s Revolution Chicago IL Old Town School Of Folk Music
SWAN Day at the Music Box Chicago IL Music Box Theatre
Swan Day Chicago Chicago IL What Up Windy
Dutchman Macomb IL Tuesdai B. Perry
Tribute to Women’s History Month – Art Exhibition By & About Women Indianapolis IN IIC Gallery @ The Indiana Interchurch Center
I Am! Evansville IN Ruth’s House, United Caring Services
Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby Wichita KS Kansas Aviation Museum and Archetypal Images, LLC
The Triumph of Marian Anderson Wichita KS The Wichita Readers Theatre
Luz, A Regional Premiere Louisville KY Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
SWAN Day at PYRO Gallery Louisville KY Women Work/Women’s Work
SWAN Day at YAYA! New Orleans LA YAYA -Young Aspirations Young Artists, Inc.
Blue Stocking Art Salon Online MA Ariane of smARTist
Legal Tender: The Secret Lives of Women & Money Northampton MA A Play by Christian McEwen and Directed by Melissa Redwin
SWAN Day Boston 2014 Boston MA Co-Producers: Mary Conroy and Robbi D’Allessandro
We Create! Women of Color in the Arts Boston MA Marsha Parrilla/Danza Orgánica
Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story (East Coast Opera Premiere) South Hadley MA Mary Watkins, WomenArts & Mount Holyoke Music Dept
Finding the Light Bowie MD Lisa Hayes
Natural Woman: A Collage of Female Creativity Capitol Heights MD Liberated Muse Arts Group
In Her Words DC, Maryland & Virginia MD Liberated Muse Arts Group
SWAN Day 2014 Maryland – Go-DIVA! Act III: The Swan takes Flight LaPlata MD LBH Enterprises & Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc.
Ding! or Bye Bye Dad by Jayme Kilburn Laurel MD Venus Theatre
The Price of Being Female: Women Artists & The Art Market Rockville MD The Artinista Art Advisory
An Evening with Dance Exchange’s Green Choreographer, Paloma McGregor Takoma Park MD Dance Exchange
Women – Art Exhibit Detroit MI Detroit Comtemporary & Spread Art
Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution Flint MI Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, MI
Holly Near, John Bucchino and Emma’s Revolution East Lansing MI Holly Near
Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration Minneapolis MN Created by Heather Meyer Produced by Black Market Doctor
Community, Collaboration & the Pilots of the First Womens National Air Derby Berkeley MO Archetypal Images, LLC along with American Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Female Artist Takeover Greensboro NC Female Artist Collective
Bodies of Work: A Collaboration Reading & Exhibition Omaha NE Les Femmes Folles
Goddess On Earth: Women of Essex County West Orange NJ Luna Stage and Lisa Levart
Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty McGuire AFB & West Orange NJ Elaine Bromka
The Skull Beneath the Skin Brooklyn NY Anne Phelan
My Book of Ruth Brooklyn NY Temple Beth Emeth Sisterhood
See Hear Taste Touch 2014 Brooklyn NY The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company
Author Talk: Lost Orchard Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
The Women Gather Concert Brooklyn NY Grace Drums
Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Chantal Legros Jamaica NY Legros Cultural Arts
12th Annual Lady Got Chops Women’s Music & Arts Fest Jamaica NY Lady Got Chops
SWAN Day Art Market! Jamestown NY Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Inc.
Within Arm’s Reach Long Island City NY Going to Tahiti Productions
Scene and Unseen – Art Exhibit New Rochelle, Westchester NY New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA)
Women’s Project Theater Presents “Row After Row” New York NY Women’s Project Theater
Naked In Alaska – The True Story of Stripping in The Last Frontier New York NY Valerie Hager
In The Fog New York NY Rose & Stags
Dying City – A 2008 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play New York NY The Seeing Place Theater
Two Rooms by Lee Blessing New York NY The Seeing Place Theater
Women’s Project Theater Presents “The Architecture of Becoming” New York NY Women’s Project Theater
Loving Thy Self New York NY Aleathia’s Original Artworks
Women in the Heights – Reflections on Creating New York NY NoMAA
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema New York NY French Institute Alliance Française
NY Madness with Featured Guest Mia Chung at Theatrelab New York NY New York Madness
LPTW Awards Celebration & Big Mingle New York NY League of Professional Theatre Women
The Belletrix Exhibit New York NY Raw Space: ImageNation
Behind the Scenes: Women in Production New York NY Apollo Theater
Ladies Day Jazz Quartet New York NY MJ Territo
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way New York NY Showtime Cable
Gender in Shakespeare Workshop New York NY Judith Shakespeare Company NYC
F*** The Summit New York NY The Dirty Blondes
A Celebration of Women’s History Month New York NY Actors’ Equity Association’s Eastern Region EEOC
Sweetie – Book, Lyrics, Music by Gail Kriegel New York NY Gail Kriegel, playwright; Pat Birch, director
Art Crawl for Women Artists New York NY Germaine Richier, Klara Kristalova, Mira Schendel, and Nalini Malani
SWAN Day Screening + Talk: “The Supreme Price” New York NY New York Women in Film & TV (NYWIFT)
Panther Woman New York NY sKribble sKratch Productions, LLC
Women’s Project Theater Presents “The Most Deserving” New York NY Women’s Project Theater
The Mother Wit Conference – April 5, 2014 New York NY The Mother Wit Conference Team
mini BROADWAY bites New York NY Alice Shapiro
Celebration of Collaboration! New York NY Ivy Theatre and Funny…Sheesh Productions
Swan Day Monologue Jam New York NY Alacrity Project
Alice Shields’ Virgin Songs at North-South Consonance chamber concert New York NY North-South Consonance: Siri Roco, soprano; Max Lizchitz, piano
Percussion & Creative Dance/Movement program New York NY Dalys E. Torres
SWAN Day Celebration Potpourri! World Women Works – New Short Plays/Screenplays by Women New York, NY Kim Weston-Moran RHYTHMCOLOR.Associates
AXW screening: The Ghost Thing NY NY Another Experiment by Women Film Festival
12th Annual Lady Got Chops Women’s History Month Music Fest Peekskill NY Kim Clarke -organizer
Women’s History Month: Literary Reading & Mini-Writing Workshop Peekskill NY NECS: New Era Creative Space
Ladies in the Living Room Rochester NY Lady Parts Theatre Company
Beginnings Publishing, Inc. Writing Workshop Sag Harbor NY Beginnings Publishing, Inc.
Women’s History Month Celebration: The I Am Project Staten Island NY Jenni S Vitek
SWAN Day Staten Island Staten Island NY Elaine Mendez
SWAN Day Planning Party Wellsville NY Sheila Kalkbrenner at SheilaLynnK Art Studio
Entropic Me Columbus OH 83 Gallery
SWAN Day Dayton Dayton OH SWAN Day Dayton and the Dayton Metro Library
Choral Reading of  “A Black Woman Speaks” by Beah Richards Cleveland OH Maiden Voyage Theatre Ensemble
SWAN Day 2014 Cincinnati OH Women Writing for (a) Change & Women’s Way of Ohio & Northern KY
Independent Women Portland OR Social Sciences Productions
National Dance Week at the Fredricksen Library Camp Hill PA Egyptian Moon Dance Company
RED (delicious) exhibit at The Carlisle Arts Learning Center Carlisle PA The Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Community Outreach Workshops w/ The Femme-mynistiques Philadelphia PA The Rotunda & The Femme-mynistiques (Alexa Gold, Lady Omni Mc & Plum Dragoness
Granular Memory Philadelphia PA Haylee Ebersole and Louise ORourke
Poet-tree En Motion Philadelphia PA The Rotunda & The Femme-mynistiques
SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2014 Philadelphia PA No Name Players
SWAN Day Pittsburgh Jr. Pittsburgh PA No Name Players
Granny’s Got Game presented by Her Point of View Nashville TN Her Point of View
New Visions, New Voices 2014 Dallas TX Southern Methodist University
Garden Glimpses Photography by Mary Lou Darst Galveston TX G. Lee Gallery
War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow with Author Mary Lou Darst Galveston TX G. Lee Gallery
Art By Joan Bristow Houston TX Art By Joan Bristow
Vox Feminina V – Mom’s the Word Houston TX Pandora Theatre
World Theatre Day – San Antonio San Antonio TX San Antonio Latino/a Theatre Alliance
SWAN DAY KICK-OFF  Alexandria VA Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
Mighty Girl Art™ at NoVA Mini Maker Faire Reston VA Mighty Girl Art™
DC SWAN Day Staged Reading Marathon Alexandria & Washington VA & DC Guillotine Theatre (formerly The Georgetown Theatre Company)
Americana Women Music Documentary Film Screening Boston WA MusicBox Project
House of Thee UnHoly Seattle WA paulanowevent , Sarah Rudinoff, Jen Ayers, Jody Kuehner
Les Femmes Folles: West Virginia Morgantown WV Les Femmes Folles
Intimates and Fools Reading Morgantown WV Les Femmes Folles
Name of Event City Country Organizer
La Medea Melbourne Australia La Mama Theatre, performed by Margherita Peluso
SWAN Day Bulgaria Sofia Bulgaria Art Nova Foundation, Wonderland Events
She Speaks Kitchener, Ontario Canada Flush Ink Productions
Sunday Poetry presents An International SWAN Event Toronto Canada Maria Mesa & Ariel Len
All-Women Comedy Training Camp Worthington Canada BAM North Productions
Seven – 7 Women Playwrights Write About 7 Women Leaders Belfast Northern Ireland Playwrights: Paula Cizmar, C. Filloux, G. Kriegel, R. Margraff,Carol K Mack ,A D Smith, Susan Yankowitz
Define Me –  In 1000 Words Or More  (Project Preview) Venice Italy Stacy Gibboni
7th SWAN Day Kenya – Soul of a Woman –  Yes, Imagine It Nairobi Kenya 5 Centurieds s Human Rights Theatre
Smooth Kats (Acid-Jazz, Funk Music) Saint-Petersburg Russia Smooth Kats