Author Archives: Martha Richards

The Wisdom Of bell hooks: Love As A Verb

bell hooks photo

In her wide-ranging book, “All About Love: New Visions,” the brilliant feminist scholar, bell hooks, explored the ways that sexism, classism, racism, and capitalism have limited our capacity to love each other. She urged us to use radical love to transform society. Three years after her death, her ideas are gaining traction.

Golden Thread Productions Celebrates International Women’s Day

What do the Women Say?

Golden Thread Productions will celebrate International Women’s Day in San Francisco with “What Do the Women Say?  Expressions of Joy,” an evening of theatre, music, and dance featuring Palestinian women artists. There will also be Palestinian food and a display of Palestinian embroidery in the lobby.

SWAN Day Kenya Celebrates 16 Years!

Judith Bwire

The members of SWAN Day Kenya’s “Make It Happen” team have outdone themselves this year with a free all-day festival this Saturday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mathare Youth Sports Association headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Their 16th Annual SWAN event will feature over 100 singers, spoken word artists, dancers, crafts people, and more.

Celebrating Women Artists 2023

Estelle Parsons

On Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition will present a free screening of 3 short films written and directed by women. Following the screenings, Terry Lawler, the former Executive Director of NYWIFT, will lead a panel discussion with the directors Estelle Parsons and Annetta Marion in person and Dana Offenbach online.

Svane Family Foundation Commissions 100 Artists for Unique Exhibit/Auction

Amie Spitler

In response to the economic devastation of their local arts community during the pandemic, the Svane Family Foundation has commissioned a diverse group of 100 San Francisco Bay Area artists for $10,000 each for a unique arts exhibition/auction. WomenArts thanks them for this bold and welcome investment.

Cerise Lim Jacobs Reinvents Opera Using Activism & Technology

Cerise Lim Jacobs

When Cerise Lim Jacobs, Executive Producer of White Snake Projects, read about the murder of George Floyd, she wanted to do more than make a statement of solidarity. She wanted to use the full power of her art to explore systemic racism. One year later, White Snake’s virtual opera about racism and prisons is opening.

Amazing Women Composers!

Women composers are creating amazing, cutting-edge work these days, and one of the best places to learn about them is Composers Now. Composers Now was founded by Tania León, a powerhouse conductor and composer, whose works are performed around the world. Born in Havana, León is a champion of women composers and composers of color.

SWAN Day Connecticut Rocks Online!

Jennifer Hill, SWAN Day CT

SWAN Day Connecticut, an annual music festival organized by Super SWAN Jennifer Hill, will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST. The free show will be streamed live on the SWAN Day CT Facebook page. Jennifer Hill has built a wonderful community of women artists who have come together through her 14 years of SWAN events.

Illustrated History of Women in Film & A Women’s Film Festival in Denver

Hollywood Her Story

“Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies” sets out to document that women have been in the film business since the flickering early days of its existence. The lavishly illustrated book provides information on approximately 1200 women in film, starting with Alice Guy-Blaché in 1896.

Indigenous Girls Celebrate SWAN Day in Milwaukee

Daughters of Tradition at HIR Wellness

Indigenous girls in the innovative Daughters of Tradition program at Milwaukee’s HIR Wellness Institute celebrated their third SWAN Day this year by partnering with visual artist Valaria Tatera, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Tatera’s work often explores self- identity and other Indigenous issues.