Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Organizes Summit on Women Playwrights

Shellen Lubin

Shellen Lubin, the indefatigable co-president of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition organized a half-day summit in New York on November 30 to discuss strategies to increase the number of productions of contemporary and historical plays by women. She planned the summit in collaboration with WomenArts, the Dramatists Guild, and the National Theatre Conference. Lubin’s goal was to […]

Celebrate International Women’s Voices Day on January 21

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC is inviting theatre artists around the world to organize free readings of unproduced plays by women playwrights on January 21, 2018 as part of the new celebration called  International Women’s Voices Day. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival made history in 2015 by producing 52 world premieres of plays by […]

Women Film Directors Challenge Hollywood Sex Discrimination

Maria Giese

Many women artists have wondered whether there were any laws they could use to fight the pervasive gender discrimination they have experienced.  Study after study has shown that these women are not getting their fair share of opportunities.  Why can’t they just bring a lawsuit to solve the problem? In 2011, film director Maria Giese began […]

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 […]

Lara Downes’ Unique Videos Link Women Poets and Composers

Lara Downes (Photo: Rik Keller)

Guest Blog by Lou Fancher. Lara Downes is a critically-acclaimed American pianist who is creating a unique series of five-minute videos that feature women writers reading their work while Downes performs solo piano pieces by women composers. Her Just Like a Woman series was inspired by Downes’ collaborations with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. […]

Project ArmHer Challenges Stereotypes and Stigmatization

Project ArmHer Painting

Guest Blog by Laura Stradiotto. In a mining community about four hours north of Toronto, a group of Canadian women with lived experience in sex work and their allies have been involved in a multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts project. Project ArmHer aims to create a safe space where women can share their experiences about the stigmatization, […]

The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project

Guest Blog by Kim Bridgford. How much do you know about women poets?  Can you name women poets from other centuries or other countries?  Did you know that the first recorded poet was a Sumerian woman named Enheduanna who lived over 4,000 years ago in the region that is now Iraq? The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets […]

Moms-In-Film Aims to Energize the Careers of Parents in Film & TV

“You can’t promote gender equality without thinking about motherhood and childcare.” -Matilde Dratwa, Founder of Moms-in-Film Imagine a room of 100 people all working in the film industry. They are writers, directors, actors, art directors, set dressers, costume designers, makeup artists, grips, electricians, cinematographers, and editors. How many would be mothers?  Only 2 – or […]