This Saturday, March 27 is SWAN Day.
That is, Support Women Artists. Now. Day. (Italics and punctuation added for emphasis. By me. ‘Cause, you know, it deserves some oomph, and punctuation/italics is how you do it in blogs.)
SWAN Day is organized by WomenArts (formerly known at the Fund for Women Artists) a nonprofit org founded by Martha Richards in Northampton, Mass., now operating out of San Francisco. According to its mission, WomenArts is a “worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists.”
One of the ways it does that is through SWAN Day, an international holiday celebrating and supporting women artists.
To support said supporting, WomenArts has inspired participation by a host of artists throughout the country, including such names as Famke Janssen and Isabel Allende.
March 27 SWAN Day Events in Massachusetts include:
- Women Connecting Through Art, an event featuring visual artist Ekua Holmes and poet/performance artist Radiant Jasmine at the Henson Jackson Art Gallery in Stoughton (6 PM).
- Eleven Boston area women playwrights will have their plays/monologues read at the 4th Annual MARCH MADNESS SWAN Day at the Boston Playwrights Theater (2 PM). A scene from Monica Raymond‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) play A TO Z will be among those performed. A talkback hosted by Lydia Diamond will follow the event. Refreshments prior to show at 1:30.
- in vivo Productions presents The Gecko in Winter series, with readings of exciting new works by award-winning Boston-area playwrights, at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (8 PM). The program tantalizingly promises a “surprise guest artist.”
For more SWAN Day events, visit WomenArts.
Image: Ekua Holmes, FREE TO BE.
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