Happy Support Women Artists Now Day 2018!

A Special Message from Our Executive Director, Martha Richards

Dear Friends,

Happy SWAN Day

Please feel free to share this image on social media! Designer: Sarah Greenman

First of all, I want to wish all of you a very happy Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day!

And second, I want to thank you for persevering as artists. l know it isn’t easy, and I have tremendous respect for all of you who keep dreaming and creating in spite of all the obstacles.  There were so many inspiring listings on the SWAN Calendar  this year!

In these challenging times, SWAN Day reminds us that there are thousands of women artists all over the world who are working to heal the planet through their art.  We had almost 200 SWAN events this year, and I encourage you to scroll through the lists at the bottom of this page of all the U.S. SWAN Events and the International SWAN Events from 11 different countries.

Although our SWAN Day 2018 list is long and diverse, it only includes a fraction of all the women artists in the world. Just think about how much creativity, energy, and power we have collectively!  We are a tremendous positive force already, and we can be even stronger if we can find more ways to work together and get the resources we need.  SWAN Day is a great first step because it gives all of us a chance to share our hopes and cheer each other on.

Please take some time to make a direct connection with at least one woman artist on SWAN Day. Talk to her in person, give her a call, write her a note, or send her a gift – do anything that shows that you appreciate her creativity. There is tremendous power in these simple acts of respect and recognition, and they provide models of the supportive attitudes and behavior that we want to spread around the world.

I want to say a special thank you to my partners at the Statera Foundation – especially their Creative Director, Sarah Greenman, who has managed all of the social media for SWAN Day 2018.  It has been a joy to work with her, and we are already cooking up plans for next year.  I am using her “Happy SWAN Day” image above as my Facebook profile picture today, and I invite you to do the same.

Thanks so much to all of you for making SWAN Day 2018 such a wonderful success.  We encourage you to seek out the work of women artists on SWAN Day and every day. Together we will build a world where women artists get the respect they deserve.

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

List of SWAN Day 2018 Events

For more detailed information about these events, you can search for them by using the search box in the right margin of this page.  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
Daughters of the Diaspora: Women of Color Speak – Exhibit Hot Springs AR HSU-Hot Springs Academic Initiatives
Poet Women of Color Speak Hot Springs AR Hearne Fine Art, HSU-Hot Springs Academic Initiatives
Color Immersion & Watercolor Workshops with Wendy Soneson Alameda CA Frank Bette Center for the Arts
iPhone Photography 101 with Amy Patick Alameda CA Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Reclaiming the Black Swan Albany CA Impromptu No Tutu
Bamboozled – A Play by Patricia Milton Berkeley CA Central Works
Laura Love at Freight and Salvage Berkeley CA The Grapevyne /Freight & Salvage
Shifting Spaces – A Trio of New Plays Berkeley CA Those Women Productions
The Language Archive/El Archive de Idiomas Berkeley CA Symmetry Theatre
Iron Shoes – A Neo-Feminist Folk Opera Berkeley CA Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble & Shotgun Players
May Painting Workshop Carmel CA Studio One  – Big Sur
A Class on Writing About Nature: Science, Journalism, Fiction Carmichael CA Melina Sempill Watts
Jubilee by Susan Sobeloff – A B8 World Premiere Concord CA B8 Theatre Company
Illustration Demo by Bhavna Misra Cupertino CA Fine Arts League of Cupertino
SWAN Day Los Angeles 2018 Hollywood CA Female Playwrights Initiative
Diversifying the Art Tech World Los Angeles CA Joelle Dietrick & Kathy Rae Huffman
Melina Sempill Watts’ “Tree” and Buddhism: Joy and Evanescence Los Angeles CA Zen Center of Los Angeles
Red Hot Wicked II Los Angeles CA Studio C Gallery
She’s History! Los Angeles CA Amy Simon
Storybook’s Ugly Duckling –
Music by Adryan Russ
Los Angeles CA Storybook Theatre
Tits and Tombstones Los Angeles CA Odalys Nanin
Breaking the Glass Frame:
Women in Animation
Los Angeles CA University of Southern CA
SWAN Day Martinez Martinez CA Martinez Arts Association
The Art of Mehri Dadgar –
The Prism of East & West
Mill Valley CA Throckmorton Theatre
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe Mill Valley CA Marin Theatre Company
Mediocre Millie Finds Her Happy –
Play Reading
North Hollywood CA Lizzie Maxwell
Las Hociconas – Theatre Performance Oakland CA Studio Grand & Sarita Ocón
Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde
& Pat Parker – Book Launch
Oakland CA Ellen Gierson/ Sinister Wisdom
Words on Fire: Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, & Amber Field in Poetry and Song Oakland CA Ellen Gierson
Assembled Characters & Record of the Journey Exhibits Oakland CA GearBox Gallery
Evidence of Love – 7 True Stories at the Intersection of Systemic Oppression Oakland CA Jovelyn Richards & La Peña Cultural Center
Jazz Poetry & Songs – COPUS Redwood City CA Copus Multimedia
Matricultures; Female Rebels & Mavericks – Webcasts by Max Dashu Richmond CA Suppressed Histories Archives
Femme: A SWAN Day Cabaret Celebrating Women Riverside CA Shannon Murphy, Rachel Saiz, & Teresa Springer
Book Reading & Conversation: “Tree” by Melina Sempill Watts Sacramento CA Melina Sempill Watts
Book Signing: Kirsten Imani Kasai – House of Erzulie San Diego CA Kirsten Imani Kasai &  Mysterious Galaxy
The Conversation – A SWAN Day Event San Diego CA InnerMission Productions
The House of Erzulie Book Launch at Tiger! Tiger! San Diego CA Kirsten Imani Kasai
A Brown and A White Mexican Take the Stage! San Francisco CA Theresa Donahoe & Irma Herrera
Nevertheless – A Performance about Sexual Harrassment with Dance & Music San Francisco CA ka·nei·see | collective and Cat Call Choir
PlayGround Solo Performance Festival / Nina Wise San Francisco CA Nina Wise & PlayGround
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again San Francisco CA Crowded Fire Theatre
What Do the Women Say: Dismantling Patriarchy San Francisco CA Golden Thread Productions
Women on Fire: Poetry & Song San Francisco CA Ellen Gierson
In Civility, Part 1 – Don’t. Touch.  Deborah Slater Dance Theater San Francisco CA Fury Factory
In Civility, Part 2 – Outrage Machine -Deborah Slater Dance Theater San Francisco CA Counterpulse
Latin Standards by Marga Gomez San Francisco CA Brava Theater
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – Volunteer Appreciation Night San Francisco CA Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Wild Wisdom Soul-O | A Fresh Take on Universal Truths San Rafael CA Nina Wise & Lloyd Barde Productions
Sticks & Stones Art Quilt Exhibit in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA Art Fund Gallery
Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby Santa Monica CA Heather Taylor
Women Who Paint Women Sausalito CA Shiva Pakdel
Time to Make Your New Year’s Adaptations Studio City CA Alliance for Women in Media SoCal
Enemy|Flint – A Play by Diane Burbano Whittier CA Rio Hondo College Theatre Department
ACT Human Rights Film Festival Fort Collins CO Colorado State University Department of Communication Studies
Women + Film Festival Denver CO Denver Film Society
Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins, CO Fort Collins CO Zonta Club of Fort Collins
SWAN Day Connecticut 2018 New Britain CT Jennifer Hill
Madame Thalia’s Vaudeville Revue New Haven CT Madame Thalia, Mistina Hanscom
11th Annual DC SWAN Day Washington DC Women in Film and Video & Guillotine Theater
First Lady of the Revolution Premieres
on Reel South (World Channel)
Washington DC Andrea Kalin, Spark Media
Little Stones Documentary on Global Women’s Empowerment Through Art Washington DC Driftseed
Lysistrata in Jerusalem Washington DC Guillotine Theater
Weapons for Spiritual Warfare –
A Solo Exhibit by Kesha Bruce
Washington, DC DC Morton Fine Art
Déjà Vu – A Solo Exhibit by
Sandra Ramos Lorenzo
Miami FL Panamerican Art Projects
2018 Vanessa Baez Memorial
Women’s Brunch
Miami FL Spoken Soul Festival
SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase – Vol. 11 Miami FL Spoken Soul Festival
Suzanne Benton on Courage with
Creative Mornings St Pete
St. Petersburg FL Creative Mornings St Pete, Tara Segal
Photograph 51 – A Play by Anna Ziegler Milledgeville GA Georgia College Theatre Department
Rochelle Riley’s New Book “The Burden” Savannah GA Savannah State University
Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Premiere Honolulu HI Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking
Women of Wonders Film Fest Honolulu HI Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking
The Ready Freddies Play the Third Floor Aurora IL Aurora Public Art
Cuerpos Llevados/Carried Bodies –
by Verónica Peña
Chicago IL No Nation Art Gallery
History Lezons: A Women-Loving
Women’s History Month Play Festival
Chicago IL Pride Films & Plays
SWAN Day Chicago 2018 Chicago IL Whatupwindy.com & ILI
Women’s March of Chicago –
Photography by Nancy Bechtol
Chicago IL Nancy Bechtol & Lost Artists Colony
The Opportunities of Extinction –
A Play by Sam Chanse
Chicago IL Broken Nose Theatre
DivaFest 2018 – With Plays by Mary Karty, Tymisha Harris, Ramona Henderson, Carol Ann Weiss, Maripat Allen, Carol Stamile, Kimberly Easter, Casey O’Leary & Stacy Post Indianapolis IN IndyFringe
Faculty Recital- West Kentucky University Bowling Green KY West Kentucky U Dept of Theatre & Dance
9 to 5 The Musical Bowling Green KY West Kentucky U Dept of Theatre & Dance
SWAN Day 2018 in Louisville, KY Louisville KY Women Work/Women’s Work
Any Instant Is The Cosmos Baton Rouge LA Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art
SWAN Women Playwrights Symposium Baton Rouge LA Jackie Vanderbeck
Art Exhibit About Being “Difficult Women” Boston MA Lisa Knox
Heavenly Bodies: A Celestial Celebration
in Song
Boston MA Voices Rising: Women Building Community
Womanimation! MassArt Encore Edition Boston MA MergingArts Productions
Writer’s Night Out Featuring Judith Partelow Cotuit MA Cape Cod Writers’ Center
Circus Sketch Lab Easthampton MA Show Circus Studio
SWAN Day at the Rockport Art Assoc & Museum Rockport MA Rockport Art Assoc & Museum
A Woman’s Heart – A Play by Judith Partelow South Yarmouth MA Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Five Women Poets Read in Wellfleet, MA Wellfleet MA Wellfleet Public Library
Swallow – A Play by Stef Smith West Stockbridge MA WAM Theatre
Salon – An Artful Conversation:
Celebrating Creative Women Over 40
Rockville MD Spark Your Creative / Artists & Makers Studios
The Secret Lives of Edna St. Vincent
Millay and Rachel Carson
Belfast ME Carolyn Gage
World Water Day Dance Performance Detroit MI Cathy Taister/Cathy & Company
Kissing the Witch – A Play by Emma Donaghue Ypsilanti MI Ubiquitous Theater
Music by Women Festival Concerts Columbus MS Mississippi University for Women
Art Party & Fundraiser for “The Last Straw” by Bryant Holsenbeck Durham NC Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South
Tea for Three:  Lady Bird, Pat & Betty Branchburg NJ Elaine Bromka
Alternative Photographs of Women
from the Ramapough Lenape Nation
Mahwah NJ Ramapo College
One-woman Show Opening –
The Art of Female Empowerment
Montclair NJ JSDD’s Wae Center
SWAN Day – Women’s Glassblowing Morristown NJ Morris County School of Glass
The Creative Life at Douglass Exhibit
& Panel Discussion
New Brunswick NJ Center for Women in the Arts & Humanities, Rutgers
Ahmondylla Best’s “Mother-In-Law’s Meal”
A Storytime Interactive Workshop
Newark NJ Paul Robeson Galleries
Opening Reception: SWAN Day Group
Art Exhibit in Rockaway, NJ
Rockaway NJ Life Center Stage, Rest Stop Rejuvenate, Kim Rose
Premiere of Two Short Films on
Domestic Violence
Santa Fe NM Esperanza Shelter & Healing Voices
Arts & Drafts in Albany, NY Albany NY SarahJane Art and Creative Event Design
Central New York Fine Arts Show & Sale Baldwinsville NY Central New York Art Guild
(RE)Present: Intergenerational
Feminist Dialogue – Feminist Practice
Brooklyn NY  The Feminist Art Project
Azul Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited) Brooklyn NY BRIClab
Lady Got Chops Festival 2018 Flushing NY Kim Clarke
Victoria Bugbee Retrospective:
Hastings on Hudson NY Victoria Bugbee
Maize – A Play by Judith Pratt Ithaca NY Cornell University Theatre
Artemisia’s Intent at Frigid 2018 New York NY Mariah Freda, The Anthropologists
Barbour Awards 2018 |
Mommy’s Little Princess by Teresa Lotz
& Straddling the Edge by Sandra Daley
New York NY New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Episcopal Actors’ Guild
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise New York NY Far Beyond Film
Fukt @Womentelling, A New Play by
Emma Goldman-Sherman
New York NY 29th Street Playwrights Collective
Invisible Personas: Paintings By Joan Marie Kelly at Blue Mountain Gallery New York NY Blue Mountain Gallery
Lady Got Chops Jazz Festival 16
at MistHarlem
New York NY Kim Clarke
Little Stones Documentary on
Art & Gender Equity
New York NY UN Commission on the Status of Women
Love Trade – A Play by Elizabeth Hess New York NY La MaMa in association with The Hess Collective
Queer Memoir: Shame New York NY Kelli Dunham
Reading the Kilroys NYC New York NY Katie Zaffran
Salon SymphoNY 2018: Intl Women’s Day New York NY Dixon Place
Seven – A Play New York NY Commision on the Status of Women
Shakespeare’s Will New York NY NACL Theatre
Tamar: The Two-Gated City by
Emma Goldman-Sherman
New York NY Marble Collegiate Church
The Lady Scribblers –
A Play by Michaela Goldhaber
New York NY Michaela Goldhaber/ The Drama League Studio
The Trauma Brain Project NYC, 2018 New York NY Pat Addiss, Katherine Elliot, Dayle Ann Hunt, The Trauma Brain Project
The Vast Mystery of Who You Are: Part One New York NY Downtown Urban Arts Festival
The Very Perry Show New York NY United Theater Solo Festival
Theatre Women Share Their #MeToo Stories New York NY Yvette Heyliger, Twinbiz
Untold Stories of Jewish Women New York NY Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Verzet Amsterdam/Resistance Amsterdam – A Play by Barbara Kahn New York NY Theater for the New City
Women of the Wings Volume II New York NY Megan Minutillo
SWAN Day NY Screening and Reception – “Winnie” by Pascale Lamche New York NY NY Women in Film & TV
Women’s Dance and Woman Shaman – Presentations by Max Dashu New York NY Chicava HoneyChild and WoW Cafe Theater
City Girls & Desperadoes New York NY Bad Rep Theater & Theater for the New City
Feisty Women Festival New York NY 29th Street Playwrights Collective
International Women in Jazz Festival New York NY International Women in Jazz
Katie Goodman’s Broad Comedy New York NY Katie Goodman
SWAN Day Staten Island 2018 Celebration Staten Island NY Lisa Sloan & Pride Center of Staten Island
What Is Real?  A Multi-Media Art Exhibit Staten Island NY Anne Marie Grillasca
Mary Cassatt in France Valhalla NY Westchester Community College
SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2018 Wellsville NY Sheila Lynn Kalkbrenner
GeekFest 2018 Alliance OH Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth
March 2018 Essex Studios Art Walk Cincinnati OH Essex Studios
Sassy Mamas – A Play by Celeste Walker Cleveland OH Celeste Walker & Karamu House
Matricultures – Visual Talk by Max Dashu Portland OR Multnomah Friends Center
Deasophy – Workshop with Max Dashu Portland OR Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies
Jenny Wilson Trio with David Glover – Jazz Carnegie PA Jenny Wilson
Witches & Pagans – An Evening with Max Dashu Media PA Providence Friends Meeting
All The Little Children Newton PA Claudia Perry
Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz Philadelphia PA Power Street Theatre Company
Marie Begins – An Interactive Opera Philadelphia PA Julia Curcio & Ellen Fishman
Act Like A Feminist Artist – A Guerrilla Girl Unmasks Wilkes Barre & Scranton PA Donna Kaz
New Visions, New Voices 2018 Dallas TX Gretchen Elizabeth Smith
A New Life Cabaret Houston TX Boiling Point Players
SWAN Day Houston 2018 Houston TX Deborah Gaffney, Chair
The Merry Wives of Windsor with an All-Female Cast Houston TX Boiling Point Players & Cone Man Running Productions
Women and the Movies They Make Richardson TX Women in Film Dallas, Video Association of Dallas
Arms and the Highlander –
A Revolutionary Romantic Comedy
Leesburg VA Run, Rabbit, Run Theatre
Womxn Among Us –
Photographs of 30 Women
Bellingham WA Talking To Crows
Nevertheless. We Persist –
Art About Reproductive Freedom
Seattle WA Columbia City Gallery
Playlist Seattle Presents Women
Who Rock 2018
Seattle WA Playlist Seattle
Playlist Seattle with Brenda Xu Seattle WA Playlist Seattle
Playlist Seattle with The Black Tones Seattle WA Playlist Seattle
The Bride Price – A Hmong Wedding Story
by Mai Neng Moua
La Crosse WI University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Statera Foundation National Conference Milwaukee WI Statera Foundation
SWAN Day MKE 2018: “Women & Nature” Opening Reception & Exhibit Milwaukee WI Jamie Bilgo Bruchmann /Urban Ecology Center


Name City  Country  Organizer
Musica Femina – Exhibit of Women Composers Vienna Austria Irene Suchy and Clarisse Maylunas
Red Shoe Night –
Benefit for Cancer Patients
Konjic Bosnia-Herzegovina Resonance Music Center
She Speaks #MeToo Waterloo, Ontario Canada Flush Ink Productions
SWAN Day Prague Prague Czech Republic
Festival She Speaks à Paris Paris France Flush Ink Productions
Artist Talk : Elizabeth Gerdeman Berlin Germany Le Salon
Healing Power of Art –
Workshop with Rashi Paliwal
Vadodara, Gujurat India Rashi Paliwal
Nebulas – An Out of the Box
Music Performance
Kolkata India Alliance Française du Bengale & Culture Monks
11th SWAN Day Kenya Nairobi Kenya Nyakwar Dowllar, Dola TheArtivist, Anne Wanjiku, Freddy Mswaki Diox
This Joyous, Chaotic Place:
He Waiata Tangi-ā-Tahu
Auckland New Zealand Mokopōpaki & Spiral Collectives
Pacita Abad Solo Exhibit:
A Million Things to Say
Manila Philippines Museum of Contemporary Art & Design
Film Screening – Calalai Singapore Singapore Malay Heritage Centre
Sembang About ‘Gender’:
Gender Fluidity in The Nusantara
Singapore Singapore Malay Heritage Centre