Happy SWAN Day 2015!

SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2015

SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2015

Thanks so much to all of you who are participating in the Eighth International 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 2015 events all over the U.S. and in places as far flung as Burundi, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, and New Zealand. (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 2015 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 City State Organizer
Perspective: The Women in Filmmaking Phoenix AZ Phoenix Film Festival, seminar hosted and moderated by Jill D’Agnenica (director, Life Inside Out)
Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty Auburn CA Elaine Bromka
Antigonick by Anne Carson Berkeley CA The Shotgun Players
What Do the Women Say? Berkeley CA Golden Thread Productions
An Evening with Holly Near Berkeley CA Holly Near
Umbrella Dance for Dance Anywhere Day Berkeley CA Impromptu No Tutu Elder Movement Ensemble; Greacian Goeke, Artistic Director
WomenArts Night At PlayGround Berkeley CA WomenArts & PlayGround
Hills to Hollers Berkeley CA Barbara Higbie, Linda Tillery & Laurie Lewis
SWAN Day Bay Area Berkeley CA WomenArts, Counting Actors, PlayGround, Symmetry Theatre
8th Annual  Ten-Minute Play Festival Hollywood CA Towne Street Theatre
SWAN Day Art Exhibition Livermore CA Silicon Valley Womens Caucus for Art
Water-Line: Inspiration for Change Women’s Group Exhibit Los Angeles CA Studio C Gallery
Screening India Song by Marguerite Duras Los Angeles CA Seeking Our Story
SWAN Day Action Fest Los Angeles CA LA Female Playwrights Initiative & Free Association Theatre, hosted by City Garage Theatre
One Axe Spring Industry Showcase Los Angeles CA One Axe Festival, The Womens Center for Creative Work
Megami Power Weekend Los Angeles CA Yaphattainment International
Namaste, Bitches Online Fundraising Campaign Los Angeles CA Mary Gillen
Marimachas Los Angeles CA Teatro Luna
Solo Theatre Festival Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival
Swan Day Martinez Martinez CA Martinez Arts Association
Out of Control – A Staged Reading Oakland CA The Lower Bottom Playaz
SWAN Day Art Exhibition Oakland CA Firehouse Art Co. Lottie Rose
Free to Move: Creative Movement and Rhythm for Brain Health and Community Oakland CA Impromptu No Tutu Elder Movement Ensemble; Greacian Goeke, Artistic Director
Feminist Tour of the Norton Simon Museum Pasadena CA DanielakArt – A Gallery without Walls
A Place of Her Own – Exhibit & Talk San Francisco CA Asian American Women Artists Association, AAWAA, Cynthia Tom
11th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival San Francisco CA Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
On the Spot San Francisco CA San Francisco Theatre Pub
The Life and Art of Isadora Duncan San Leandro CA Diablo Dance Theater/Lois Flood
Shorties Santa Monica CA Green Light Productions
An Evening with Holly Near Santa Rosa CA Holly Near
The 5th Annual Women+Film Festival | VOICES Denver CO The Denver Film Society
2015 Athena Project Arts Festival Denver CO Athena Project
SWAN Day Connecticut Wolcott CT SWAN Day CT/Jennifer Hill
Animation Unplugged Workshop Washington DC Slingshot Video/Thurgood Marshall Center Trust
DC SWAN Day Staged Reading Marathon Washington DC Guillotine Theatre
Through Her Eyes:  Women Gallerists Panel Washington DC All We Art Gallery & Artinista Art Advisory
Women in the Arts 2015 Doral FL Museum of the Americas
SWAN Day Miami -Spoken Soul Showcase 8 Miami FL Spoken Soul Festival
Free African Dance at Sanford Riverwalk Sanford FL Guerrilla Dancer
interseXion Milledgeville GA Georgia College & State University
Illinois Women Film/Video Presentation 2015 Chicago IL Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry Film & Panel Chicago IL Chicago Area Women’s History Council
SWAN Day Chicago Chicago IL Columbia College Chicago
Gender, Community & Activism – Social Justice for Women Chicago IL Beck Research Initiative at DePaul University
SWAN Day Open Rehearsal Chicago IL Moving Dock Theatre Company
Indie Boots Theatre Festival Chicago IL Mudgeonsoul Productions
2015 Women’s Empowerment Conference Springfield IL Tara Allbritton
SWAN Day in Louisville Louisville KY Women Work/Women’s Work
Of Hollows and Highlands: Artwork by Women from the Mountains of Eastern KY Whitesburg KY Organizing artists: Donna Williams and Lacy Hale Organization: Appalshop Gallery
Schubert and Szymanowska Etudes in Their Time Amherst MA Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano
We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts Boston MA Marsha Parrilla/ Danza Orgánica
Badass Boston MA Sleeping Weazel
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Northampton MA Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble
Our Voices Collective SWAN DAY Evening of Monologues & Poems Somerville MA Our Voices Collective, Kelly DuMar, Lida McGirr
An Evening for International Women’s Day Woods Hole MA Film and Law Productions
SWAN DAY Tour & Lunch: Kara Walker’s “Emancipating the Past” College Park MD Artinista Art Advisory
God Don’ Like Ugly Laurel MD Venus Theatre
The Girl Child Project Silver Spring MD Light Switch Dance Theatre
The Girl Child Project After Party Silver Spring MD Light Switch Dance Theatre
Girl Shorts 2015 Minneapolis MN Theatre Unbound
Someone Else’s Story Minneapolis MN Burnet Art Gallery
An Evening of Song with Randa McNamara Chapel Hill NC RCWMS and Cassilhaus
Women’s Voices: Readings by Local Writers Chapel Hill NC RCWMS and Cassilhaus
Artist Talk by Mary Jane Rivers Chapel Hill NC RCWMS and Cassilhaus
Music by Alison Weiner & Mary Capucilli Chapel Hill NC RCWMS and Cassilhaus
365 Women A Year Staged Reading Charlotte NC Prizes of Accident Theatre Company
Grand Opening of Suffrage Wagon Cafe Santa Fe NM Suffrage Wagon News Channel
Meet, Greet & Voice Reno NV L. Martina Young/The Aesthetic Body
SWAN Day Party 2015 Belmont NY Belfast Organization For Artists & Sheila Lynn K Art Studio
The Women Gather Project 2nd Annual Concert Brooklyn NY Grace Drums
Staged Reading of Françoise Brooklyn NY Nora’s Playhouse
Yente/Yenta: How a Name Became a Noun Brooklyn NY Jan Lisa Huttner
Red Noses Long Island City NY Nicu’s Spoon theater Company
New Works By Barbara Fracchia And Sheryl Ruth Kolitsopoulos New York NY Pleiades Gallery
“From Sacred Wrath” – A Play in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide New York NY Boundaryless Productions
Buzz…Son of a Bee: a musical comedy about actors dreams New York NY Vampingo Productions
The Idea of Me New York NY Cherry Lane Theatre
Winter Wheat, The Betrayal of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her Woman\’s Bible New York NY Laurie James
Screenplay Reading of “Hick” – More than Eleanor’s Best Friend New York NY Writer/Producer – MJ Moneymaker
Changing Face of Harlem New York NY Documentary Forum
Career Panel Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop New York NY Apollo Theater Education Program
Apollo Live Wire – Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound & Style New York NY Apollo Theater Education Program
“Her Voice…Dance, Literature, Music” New York NY Def Dance Jam Community
Sexual Assault on Campuses: Issues and Prospects New York NY JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Soldier X by Rehana Lew Mirza New York NY Ma-Yi Theater
Names of the Dead Play Reading New York NY Animus Theatre
Women in Jazz Festival 2015 New York NY International Women in Jazz
Women in Theatre (radio broadcast) New York NY Yvette Heyliger – Twinbiz
What Would Jesus Do?    (Play Reading) New York NY National Action Network – Arts and Culture Committee
SWAN Day Screening, Q&A, & Reception New York NY Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, SVA, and herFlix
365 Women a Year – NYC Charter New York NY 365 Women a Year
Special Screening: It Happened Here New York NY AAUW Empire State Virtual Branch
Where Are the Great Women Artists in Chelsea Galleries? SWAN Day NYC Gallery Crawl New York NY Hayv Kahraman, Alice Neel & Ann Agee
Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) By Desi Moreno-Penson New York NY MultiStages multicultural multidisciplinary theatre
Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust New York NY Cynthia L. Cooper
Gutless & Grateful:  A Musical Feast New York City NY Amy Oestreicher) United Solo Festival 2014
Zuccotti Park New York City NY Salgado Productions
Duktar Screening Queens NY Museum of the Moving Image
Upclose: A Retrospective of Women Artists in Staten Island STATEN ISLAND NY Elaine Mendez
SWAN Day Staten Island 2015 STATEN ISLAND NY Elaine Mendez Ent.
True or False?  No One Makes Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses Valhalla NY Marcy B. Freedman
SWAN DAY 2015 Cincinnati OH Women’s Way of Ohio & Northern Kentucky and Women Writing for (a) Change
CCAD Women’s Leadership Institute Columbus OH Columbus College of Art & Design
Grandma Gatewood:  Ohio’s Legendary Hiker Kent OH Kent Free Library
Marine At the Bedside Stillwater, Oklahoma OK Janis Contway and Debbie Sutton
Oregon 365 Women SWAN DAY Concert Reading Eugene OR Connie Bennett, Sandra de Helen, Merridawn Duckler, Claire Willett
Oregon Swan Day Concert Reading Eugene OR 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project
Miller, Mitchell, Pisano and Riker Crossing the Delaware; NJ Women of the Book at Lafayette College Easton PA Lafayette College
What’s Her Story? Erie PA The Council of Women’s Organizations
Women Playing Hamlet- A comedy about a tragedy Harrisburg PA Gamut Theatre Group
Women Artists: Representation, Recognition and Promotion Panel Discussion Philadelphia PA Women in Art Initiative UPenn
Reclamations Philadelphia PA Sarah R. Bloom & Rosalind Bloom
2015 Senior Show: Emerging Artists & Designers Philadelphia PA Moore College of Art & Design
2015 Fellowship Exhibition/Student Show Philadelphia PA Moore College of Art & Design
Surprise of the Now Art Exhibit Philadelphia PA Linda Dubin Garfield and smARTbusinessconsulting.org
Poet-tree En Motion: Womyn’s Her-story in the Midst! Philadelphia PA The Rotunda (Plum Dragoness)
SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2015 Pittsburgh PA No Name Players Theatre Co.
Potluck and gathering of artists pittsburgh PA Karen Larson’s House
SWAN Day Artist Panel Wakefield RI Hera Gallery
My Cycle and the Denim Doves Austin TX Salvage Vanguard Theater
Spotlight on Playwright Series Dallas TX The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Rocking It With Color Galveston TX G. Lee Gallery
Rover Dramawerks 365 Festival Plano TX 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project
365 Women A Year Festival Plano TX Rover Dramawerks
SWAN Day with Shelly Bell Alexandria VA Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
365 Women a Year at Bennington College Bennington VT 365 Women a Year:A Playwriting Project, NOplays
NoPlays Staged Reading North Bennington VT 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project
KCPT Presents “Here, There & Everywhere” Port Townsend WA Key City Public Theatre


Name City Country Organizer
SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2015 Sofia Bulgaria Art Nova Foundation
1st Swan Day in Burundi Bujumbura Burundi Swan Burundi
She Speaks Kitchener / Cambridge Canada Flush Ink Productions
Coming into View: Equity in Theatre Atlantic Panel Halifax Canada Equity in Theatre (Playwrights Guild of Canada and Partners)
SWAN Day Prague Prague Czech Republic LAVU and Raddox Studio
Nietzsche Was A Man Pori Finland Pori Art Museum. Finland
Burrnesha Vestone Italy Director Valbona Xibri
Art Pleasures @SWAN 8 Nairobi Kenya 5Cs Human Rights theatre Group
Because of Beth Pakuranga, Auckland New Zealand Writer Elana Gartner, Dir. Pam Browne at Little Howick Theatre
Asa Igbeyawo Ni Ile Yoruba Lagos Nigeria Atinuke Olabanji
SWAN Day Tanzania Dar Es Salaam Tanzania Chikondi Theatre Group
Filmmor International Women’s Film Festival on Wheels Istanbul Turkey Writer/Director Alexis Krasilovsky