Author Archives: Martha Richards

About Martha Richards

Martha Richards is the Founder and Executive Director of WomenArts. She has over 30 years of arts management experience, and she writes and lectures frequently on arts and cultural policy issues. (See her bio)

Women in Theatre Mobilize at Berkshire Leadership Summit

Shafer Mazow, Akiba Abaka, Rachel Fink & Kristen van Ginhoven

On October 28-29, 2017 WAM Theatre hosted the Berkshire Leadership Summit in Lenox, Massachusetts, a weekend summit designed to help mid-career women in theatre acquire the skills and confidence they need to get the top leadership jobs in regional theatres. The Berkshire Leadership Summit grew out of a report of the Wellesley Centers for Women that […]

Art Became the Oxygen: An Excellent Resource Guide for Artist-Activists

Art Became the Oxygen

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has just published Arts Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide. The free, downloadable, 74-page booklet is an excellent new resource for artists who are looking for creative ways to respond to current events.  It is packed with lively descriptions of artists who are helping communities respond, recover, and rebuild […]

Happy Support Women Artists Now Day 2017!

Manifestation by Angela Alés

Dear Friends, It is hard to believe that it is the 10th Anniversary of Support Women Artists Now Day already! What a fantastic decade it has been! I always love compiling the giant list of SWAN events below and learning more about everyone’s work. It is so clear that our movement for gender parity in […]

An Election Guide for Women Artists

Although the mainstream media have been providing non-stop coverage of the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential campaigns, the arts have not been mentioned much. To fill this gap, WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards compares the positions of the candidates on a few key issues that directly affect women artists. Equal Pay – Women working full-time […]

Tell Your Legislators That Artists Need Jobs!

Lenore Thomas at Work

The Democrats have asked for input about their party platform in preparation for their  annual convention at the end of this month.  The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has created an online petition asking them to include the creation of more jobs for artists as a goal in their platform. I helped draft this […]