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WomenArts: SWAN Inspirations from Bulgaria & San Francisco


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Inspiring Idea from Bulgaria:
Create a Group Painting for SWAN Day
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

For the past four years Dessi Dimova and the other women of SWAN Festival Bulgaria have found wonderfully creative ways to bring the spirit of Support Women Artists Now Day to their country. Their past SWAN events have included a variety of exhibits, performances, and workshops, including a class where people learned how to make swan designs with the steamed milk in their cappucinos!

If you are looking for a fun SWAN project for visual artists, the Bulgarian women created a great model last year. For SWAN Day 2014 they recruited 8 women artists to create a group painting in the middle of the upscale Bulgaria Mall in Sofia. They decided to create a larger-than-life woman's face that would reflect the theme of diversity.

The final piece (which you can see in more detail on their Facebook page) is created of twelve canvases which are each one foot square. Each artist painted or used collage techniques to create one or two squares, and the composite woman's face has a wonderful variety of textures and racial/ethnic characteristics. The prominent multi-colored eyes suggest the power of women working together and looking hopefully towards the future.

You could do a SWAN group painting anywhere, but it was an inspired touch for the Bulgarian women to create this giant Amazon face in the midst of a busy shopping mall so that the shoppers could have a direct connection with women artists and a woman-centered work. As an added bonus, young women in classic swan ballet costumes passed out refreshments to the shoppers and gave them information about SWAN Day.
At the end of the day, the painters posed with their squares while showing their solidarity with women artists around the world by doing the official SWAN Salute (one hand up to look like a swan's head).   You can see a larger version of the picture below on their Facebook page. Mirella Karadjova has also posted a 12-minute video on YouTube showing the creation of the piece.

Artists from SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2014
Bulgarian women artists show their work at SWAN Day 2014

Asian American Women Create "A Place of Her Own"  
Over the past six months fine artist Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona, Ph.D., of City College of San Francisco's Healing for Change Center, have collaborated with the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Women's Shelter to offer A Place of Her Own, a unique arts & healing program for Asian-Pacific American women in social services.

As their program syllabus explains, almost all of the family support and social services in the Asian-Pacific American community are provided by Asian-Pacific American women.  These women service providers are at serious risk of burn-out because of the silencing and submissive cultural behaviors that are “expected” of Asian-Pacific American women.  It is culturally taboo for Asian-Pacific American women to seek help for depression.

Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona have designed A Place of Her Own to help women build personal strength and clarity from the inside out by combining meditation techniques with creative art modalities that relieve stress and heal burnout. The participants study the chakras and meditation techniques, participate in discussions, do written exercises, and are asked to create art works in response to the questions “If you had a place of your own, what would it be? What kind of space would fully express your imagination and values?

The exercises help the participants clarify their own aspirations and address individual, family and cultural patterns of dysfunction in a supportive environment. No arts background is required since the art works are usually created from found objects, and skilled artists are on hand to guide any participants who need assistance.  The long term goal of this project is to generate a sense of community and creative space for women to reconnect with themselves, reverse patterns of trauma and make their hopes and dreams visible.
Painting Created At SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2014 
SWAN Day Bulgaria Painting
The painting above consists of 12 squares painted by 8 Bulgarian women artists.

To see a larger image,  click here. To watch a video about the piece, click here.

A Place of Her Own

The art of the Fall 2014 participants in A Place of Her Own (described in the left column) will be shown in an Open House on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6 - 9 p.m. at 1890 Bryant Street, 302 Gallery in San Francisco. There will also be a talk by the artists on Saturday, March 21 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the same location. There is a suggested donation of $10 - $25 at the door for both events, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Since 2009, 60 women have participated in A Place of Her Own workshops and their art has been featured in thought-provoking exhibitions at the de Young Museum, Driftwood Salon Gallery and SOMarts Cultural Center. To see samples of the works created for these exhibits, please visit the links for past exhibitions on AAWAA's page about A Place of Her Own.

Art from A Place of Her Own
Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page


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How to Post Your Event on the SWAN Calendar


Please visit Posting Your SWAN Event to see the posting instructions online.
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How to Post Your Event on the
Support Women Artists Now Calendar 
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

March is Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Month, and we hope you will join in the celebration by posting an event on our SWAN Calendar.  
You are welcome to post any kind of arts or educational event that features women artists, including online events.  The idea is to show the world the full power and diversity of women's creativity.

Please Note:  It should be easy to upload your information.  If you can't load your information after a couple of tries, please contact us. The problems are often simple things that we can solve for you. 
Posting Your Event - A Step By Step Guide
1) Go to the SWAN Calendar on our website. You will  always be able to find the calendar from the large button on the center of our home page, or from the SWAN Day drop-down menu at the top of every page at WomenArts.org.
2) Click on the "Post Events" link at the top right of the SWAN Day Calendar page.  This will take you to the online instructions for posting an event.
3) Create Your WomenArts Account - You will need to log into our system in order to post or edit your event.  Click on the "create your account" link in the third paragraph of the instructions. The program will take you to a page where you can create your user name and password.  Please note that your user name and password must both be at least 8 characters long and they can only contain letters and numbers.  They are not case sensitive.
4) Click on the "Add New Event" link - Once you have created your account, you will be taken to a page where you can select a link in the menu at the top of the page that says "Add New Event." This will take you to the page where you can enter your event information.
5) Fill in the event information form that you will see after you click Add New Event.
6) Fill in the spam-checking "ReCaptcha" box at the bottom of the form.  This box will ask you to fill in two words to verify that you are a human and not a spam robot.  If you do not see this box, try using a different browser to fill in the form.  If you still don't see the ReCaptcha box, please contact us for assistance.

7) Click "Create Event" at the bottom of the event information page.  You're done!
Your event will be visible on the calendar as soon as you click "Create Event." If you make a mistake or want to add more information at a later date, you can always log in again, and click the link at the top of the page that says, "Edit Event".  You will be taken back to the form where you entered your event information.
Volunteer At A
SWAN Event 
Swan Reading
SWAN Reading by
Mary Patterson

If you don't have time to organize a SWAN event of your own, but you would like to be a part of someone else's event, browse through the SWAN Calendar in the coming weeks and look for the events that have a red asterisk (*) on the bottom line of the description box. If the event has an asterisk, it means the organizers are looking for volunteers.

Some groups are looking for artists to participate and some are looking for ushers and other help on the day of their event. If you see an event that you would like to be a part of, please use the contact information in the event listing to contact the organizers.

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Uploading Photos - Please upload a photo if you have one.  Note that the photo must be a .jpg or .png file, and that it cannot be larger than 200 KB.  For the best-looking results, crop your photo to a square shape before you upload it.    

Try a Different Browser - If you can't upload your event, try using a different browser to see if that solves the problem.

Check Your Browser's Security Settings - Most people are able to use the SWAN Calendar and WomenArts Network without making any adjustments to their browsers. However, if your browser's security has been set for maximum protection, you may need to make an adjustment to "allow cookies" from WomenArts.org or add us to your list of "trusted sites."

In order to keep track of your entries in our system, our software needs to store a small text file (called a "cookie") on your computer.  If you try to create a SWAN event or a WomenArts Network profile and our system does not let you save your file, it probably means that your computer is not accepting our cookie file. You can usually find information about adjusting these settings by Googling "cookie settings" with the name of your browser (i.e.,  "Internet Explorer cookie settings").

Updating Your WomenArts Network Profile - You can use the same user name and password to create or update your WomenArts Network profile. Just go to the WomenArts Network section of our site, and click on the links at the top of the page that say "My Account" or "Create Profile" and our program will lead you to the form where you can enter your information.
Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. If you need more information about ways to participate, check out our Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015 blog post>>

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and newsletters over the next three months.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.


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WomenArts: Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015


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Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015! 
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

The Eighth International Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day will be celebrated around the world on Saturday, March 28 and throughout March and April.  This is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters over the next three months.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.
Ways To Participate in SWAN Day
  • Organize Arts Events for SWAN Day -  There have been over 1,200 SWAN Day events in 24 countries in the past 7 years. Join the fun by organizing an event in your community!

    Your event can be a performance, exhibit, rally, parade, workshop, or any other activity that draws attention to women artists or raises money for women artists in your community.  To post your event on our website, please visit our SWAN Calendar and then click on the link labelled “Post Events” at the top right of the SWAN Calendar page.

    We have posted Publicity Tools and Fundraising Tools to help you organize your event, and you can download our official SWAN Day logo.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
  • Host a SWAN Day Party – Gather friends at your house to talk about ways that you might help the women artists in your community.  Invite local artists to speak at the party or use the WomenArts Network to find artists that you would like to support.  If you want to find films written and directed by women to show at your party, you can check out our page of Websites with Helpful Information about Women in Film.
  • Donate to Your Favorite Women Artists – If you love seeing the work of a particular woman artist, send her a check on SWAN Day to help her make more art. If you are having a gathering, ask everyone to contribute some amount of money and then make a group decision about which women artists you want to support.
  • Introduce Students to Women Artists in the US & Elsewhere – If you are a teacher, tell your students about SWAN Day and introduce them to women artists! Use the WomenArts Network, our list of Directories of Women Artists, or other sources to find local women artists you could invite to your classes.
  • Start Wearing SWAN Shirts, Jewelry and Other Items -   Show your support by wearing shirts, jewelry and other items featuring swans.  When anyone asks you, tell them you are wearing swans because you want to see more art reflecting women’s perspectives.  These casual conversations are a great way to make people more aware of the discrimination faced by women artists. We have SWAN shirts, hats, and mugs available in the SWAN Store at: www.cafepress.com/womenarts.
"She's Beautiful When She's Angry"
Women Marching 1970
Women's March 1970
Photo: Diana Davies
Watch the Film's Trailer
WomenArts highly recommends She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a film by Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy about the birth of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s.

The film reminds us that in those early days of the National Organization of Women, ladies still wore hats and gloves, abortions were illegal, and lesbians were outcasts.

Through interviews with leading feminists of the period and archival footage, the film chronicles the wide-range of women's liberation activities in the late 1960s - feminists in academia, women’s rock bands and poetry, underground abortion services, lesbian activism, the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and a variety of other protest actions.

The film features interviews with Kate Millett, Fran Beal, Rita Mae Brown, Karla Jay, Susan Griffin, Alta,  Judith Arcana, members of the Boston Women's Health Collective, and many other feminists of the period.

The film opened in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. Please visit the film's website to find screenings near you or to watch the film's trailer.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page

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WomenArts: In Spite of Oscar Snubs, Some Women Make Big Bucks


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In Spite of Oscar Snubs, Some Women Make Big Bucks 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has snubbed women directors and writers once again with this year's Oscar nominations. No women were nominated in the Best Director, Best Original Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Artists of color were also overlooked. None of the 20 nominees in the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories were artists of color.  Selma was nominated for Best Picture, but its director, Ava DuVernay, was not nominated for Best Director.

But do women really need the Oscars to succeed? Since we noticed that none of the Best Picture nominees were blockbuster hits, WomenArts decided to take a look at the ten top-grossing films of 2014 to see if women were doing better at the box office than at the Oscars.

Although none of the top ten films was directed by a woman, we discovered that four of them had women on their screen-writing teams: Guardians of the Galaxy (Nicole Perlman and one man - number 2), The Hobbitt: Battle of Five Armies (Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and two men - number 5),  Maleficent (Linda Woolverton - number 7), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Amanda Silver and 2 men - number 10).  Although the top-grossing film, The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part I, had male screenwriters, it is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. So actually - five of the ten top-grossing films had women writers involved.

Is It Better to Have an Oscar or a Blockbuster?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has made over $333 million in U.S. sales so far.  Obviously the income for blockbusters is shared among a lot of artists and investors, but when there is so much income, all the key players do well.

For those of us in the non-profit sector, it is hard to comprehend the sum of $333 million. It is more than twice as much as the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (the government agency dedicated to supporting our country's artists), and it would be enough to run WomenArts for about 2,000 years.

Even within the film industry, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has made more than twice as much in domestic sales as this year's highest Best Picture nominee, American Sniper ($128 million so far). It has made about six times more in domestic sales than last year's Best Picture winner, Twelve Years a Slave ($57 million).  It made 47 times as much as this year's lowest Best Picture nominee, Whiplash ($7 million).

When the international receipts for 2014 are added in, the order of the top-grossing films as of January 21, 2015 changes slightly, and three of the top four had women writers. (Note: The rankings change a little every day as some films continue to sell.) The male-written Transformers: Age of Extinction is number one with over $1 billion in receipts. But numbers 2, 3, and 4 are all films with women writers - The Hobbitt ($806 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($772 million), and Maleficent ($757 million).

By comparison, the total domestic and international sales for Twelve Years a Slave are currently $188 million. Although it is far less than the blockbusters, that amount is still a very healthy return on a film that cost $20 million to make.  Transformers: Age of Extinction cost $210 million.

We also looked at the top five all-time highest grossing films world-wide.  The top three are by men - Avatar, Titanic, and Marvel's The Avengers. But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (based on the novel by woman writer JK Rowling) is number four with revenues of $1.34 billion, and the animated film Frozen, which was both co-directed and co-written by Jennifer Lee, is number 5 with revenues of $1.27 billion.

Frozen is currently the top-grossing animated film of all time, and there are 8 Harry Potter films in the top 50 all-time top-grossing films world-wide.

Of course, a few blockbuster films manage to win Oscars as well. Titanic won Best Picture and ten other Oscars in 1998, and Frozen won for Best Animated Feature and Best Song last year. But the Harry Potter series, the most successful movie franchise of all time, has never won any Oscars and is arguably the most snubbed top-grossing movie franchise of all time.

Are Women Making Progress in Film?

For the past seventeen years, Professor Martha Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has published an annual survey of women's employment in the 250 films with the top domestic grosses.  In 2014, she found that women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 films. This is the same percentage of women working in these roles in 1998.

Women fared best as producers (23%), followed by executive producers (19%), editors (18%), writers (11%), directors (7%), and cinematographers (5%).  Women directors were down 2 percentage points from 1998.

Lauzen's statistics show that in terms of the number of women employed, women have not made any progress over the past 17 years, but it does seem like a few trail-blazers are starting to break into the upper income ranks.  That seems significant since the films at the top make so much more than the films further down the list.
Given the fact that so few women are given an opportunity to write, it is amazing that they are relatively well-represented in the top ten blockbuster films.  And even among the Oscar nominees, five of the eight films nominated for Best Picture have women on their producing teams. Selma has an African-American woman as director (Ava DuVernay), and The Theory of Everything is based on a memoir by Jane Wilde Hawking.

Hopefully these trail-blazing women at the top levels will pave the way for more women and more stories about women.  It is encouraging that films based on novels by J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins have been such huge box office hits, and the success of films with female protagonists, such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Frozen, and Maleficent, shows that there is definitely an audience for films with female characters at the center.

What Can We Do To Help?

According to a Los Angeles Times survey in 2012, the 6,028 Oscar voters are 94% white, 76% male, with an average age of 63.  Given that composition, it is not surprising that their recognition of the work of talented women and people of color is erratic at best. Although it is important to protest their snubs, it seems unlikely that they will change very much until their membership shifts.

But it is important to recognize that some films with women writers are making huge amounts of money without the benefit of Oscar nominations. In the money-driven film industry, women who can demonstrate their box office clout are the ones who will be able to make more films, and we can help them build that power.  We just need to buy tickets to their films and encourage all our friends to do the same.

So if you want to see more films by directors like Ava DuVernay, make it a point to see Selma and take some friends with you.  In the long run, our cumulative ticket purchases will give women artists the power they need to create the kind of films we want to see.
"Selma" Nominated for Best Picture 
Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay directed "Selma"
Although Selma was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director.  She joins a long list of women directors who have been snubbed by the Oscars.

Barbra Streisand was the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director for Yentl (1983), but she was not even nominated for a Best Director Oscar. Her film The Prince of Tides (1991) was nominated for Best Picture, but again, she was not nominated for Best Director.

Only four women have been nominated for Best Director in the 87 year history of the Oscars - Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976); Jane Campion for The Piano (1993); Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003); and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009).  Bigelow is the only woman who has ever won.

Harry Potter Earns the Most Money But No Oscars 
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter novels
J. K. Rowling completed the first Harry Potter novel while living as a single mother on welfare. The book was rejected by twelve publishers before it was picked up by Bloomsbury. Her editor advised her to get a day job since he did not think she could make a living from children's books.

The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history, and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the Harry Potter film scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

None of the Harry Potter films won any Oscars, but Rowling's wealth is currently estimated at $1 billion.

The Hunger Games Makes $333 Million
Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games novels
The top-grossing film for 2014 is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  The film has made over $333 million dollars and has a female protagonist, but it has not been nominated for any Oscars. 

Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page

WomenArts
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Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: (510) 868-5096
Website: www.womenarts.org
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(Note: WomenArts is the new name of The Fund for Women Artists,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.)



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WomenArts: Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now



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WITASWAN Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Congratulations to Jan Lisa Huttner!!
Dear Shellen,

The WomenArts staff is officially on vacation this summer, but we are briefly back this week to congratulate our friend and colleague, Jan Lisa Huttner (also known as The Hot Pink Pen) on the tenth anniversary of Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now/WITASWAN, the fore-runner of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day.

In 2002, Jan Lisa Huttner was working as a film critic in Chicago when she came across an article in the New York Times by Dana Kennedy that cited an annual study called "The Celluloid Ceiling" by Professor Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University.  The study reported that in 1987, women directed only three of the 100 highest-grossing films. By 2001, that number had only risen to four out of 100.

Huttner decided to do something about these outrageous statistics. She wrote a letter to the New York Times, she used her website to publish a summary of Lauzen's 2002 findings and an interview with her, and she started lecturing on the topic.

Since women buy a lot of movie tickets, Huttner started looking for ways to mobilize women to use their ticket-buying power in support of women filmmakers. In 2004, she persuaded the Illinois chapter of the American Association of University Women to create an "incubator" project called "Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now" or "WITASWAN" that would help women recognize their power as film consumers.

WITASWAN was conceived as a grass roots movement instead of a formal organization. There are no application forms or dues. Anyone can join at any time by making a personal commitment to seeing at least one film a month that is written or directed by women, whether it is in a theatre, on DVD or online.  Over the past ten years WITASWAN has grown into an informal alliance of women and men around the world. Some members get together to go to films and discuss them, some organize screenings of films by women, and some just watch the films on their own.

WITASWAN has also inspired women in other art forms to create similar organizations.  For instance, there is now a Meetup group in New York and another in San Francisco for people who want to attend theatre by women once a month. Please let us know if you are aware of other groups that encourage attendance at women's art events.
WITASWAN Meets WomenArts -
The Birth of SWAN Day
WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards learned about Jan Lisa Huttner and WITASWAN when Huttner joined the WomenArts Network in 2005. They began corresponding and in April 2007 they gave a joint presentation at an American Association of University Women spring conference in Bloomington, IL.

During the car ride from Bloomington back to the Chicago airport and over a shared pizza dinner, Huttner and Richards discussed ways to bring together the WITASWAN audience members and the WomenArts artists. They came up with the idea of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day as a galvanizing annual event that would serve both artists and audience members. Seven years later, SWAN Day has been celebrated with over 1,200 events in 25 countries, including several annual festivals and multi-day events. (See the list of 2014 SWAN events.) 
Lessons Learned
The growth of WITASWAN and SWAN Day prove that we have tremendous power to inspire each other to do great things. Jan Lisa Huttner was sparked by Dana Kennedy's article about Martha Lauzen; Martha Richards saw ways to build an international holiday based on Huttner's work; and now thousands of people around the world have participated in WITASWAN and SWAN events and shared the power women's art with countless others.

We live in a fiercely competitive world where we are often asked to prove that we are unique or better than others in order to obtain jobs or funding, but WITASWAN and SWAN Day are part of a different model.  Our goal is to create a world where we can share our struggles and celebrate each other.  Although the path is often challenging, it is important to recognize that we are part of the ongoing world-wide movements for women's equality and social justice and that millions of people around the world share our values.

WomenArts sends thanks to Jan Lisa Huttner for her perseverance and dedication to women artists, and thanks to all of you who are working for gender parity in the arts. Together we are building a world where the full power of women's creativity will be recognized at last.
About Jan Lisa Huttner
Jan Lisa Huttner
Jan Lisa Huttner
Jan Lisa Huttner is a film critic now based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been the driving force behind Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now/WITASWAN, and she co-founded Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day with WomenArts Executive Director, Martha Richards.

She publishes film reviews and commentary as The Hot Pink Pen.
You can read more about her in the "Who's
Penny?
" section of her website.

The Girls in the Band in Evanston
The Girls in the Band
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of WITASWAN, the Chicago chapter of the American Association of University Women is hosting a showing of The Girls in the Band at the Cinemark Century 12, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. The film is a documentary directed by Judy Chaikin about female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day.

These talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere and inspire.

Chaikin will be present for a post-show discussion. You can watch the trailer on the film's website or buy tickets to the Evanston screening.

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Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.
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Newsletter IV:3March 2014
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We are so pleased to announce our newest Affiliate Member: the Drama Desk. Welcome!!

We have also just started our new online Women in the Arts & Media Communal Calendar. Over the next few months, we will be contacting and including the calendars of every major arts and media organization and every major women's organization: all events, openings, and deadlines. This will serve a dual purpose: 
1) terrific information about what's presently going on; and 2) a place to check what else might be happening on any date in the future when planning--the ultimate Blackout Calendar. This is a Google calendar, and so can be added to your own Google calendar. Please send all events to us at: calendar@womenartsmediacoalition.org or submit it on our website. It will take a few months to get it going full speed, but all of you can help us make this calendar THE central place for events and programs of interest. 

Below, we have two FREE events and one where Coalition members get a discount.  REMEMBER:  if you are a member of any of our member orgs, you are a member of the Coalition!  
Check the offers out below, and find more member org events on our Online Calendar. If you have any problem reading any of these flyers, you can see them on our Online Blog. Some member org events are livestreamed online and/or archived on youtube and/or the organization's website, so there's so great content available to you, even if you're not able to attend events  Keep checking.

Hope to see you soon,
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone
Co-Presidents
for the Board of Representatives
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. 


SWAN Day 2014 Event:

The Supreme Price 

Saturday Mar. 29, 2014

Join NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, School of Visual Arts Film department, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Women Make Movies, and HerFlix at the SVA Theater at 333 West 23rd Street for a screening of the documentary The Supreme Price in recognition of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists.
There will be a Q&A with industry leaders and reception following the screening. The event will begin with opening remarks from Reeves Lehman, Chairman of Film, Video and Animation at School of Visual Arts.

The Supreme Price (Produced/Directed by Joanna Lipper) is a feature-length documentary that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles.
 



Writers Guild of America, East 

in partnership with Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)
invite you and guest to attend:
Navigating the Affordable Care Act:
A presentation and Q&A about open enrollment for freelancers in the entertainment industry
Wednesday, March 19
7-9pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson (at Dominick)
7th Floor
The deadline for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period is March 31st. Failing to sign up could result in penalties of 1% of your income. 
The Writers Guild of America, East is hosting an informational meeting and Q&A on the ins and outs of enrolling in the Affordable Care Act for WGAE members and members of Coalition member orgs. 
The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) understands the challenges of freelancers working in the entertainment industry. They can help you sort through the details of the ACA and navigate the process of getting insured, as well as find subsidies and other benefits to help defray the costs. 
 

"WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?" 
PANEL DISCUSSION AT SARDI'S ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Distinguished American actor John Glover will join Drama Desk's "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" at Sardi's on Friday, April 4 (11:45 AM-2:30 PM). Glover will join actors Michael Pennington and Scott Shepherd and directors Daniel Sullivan and Julie Taymor in the lively discussion exploring the reasons why New York's current theater season has such a distinctive Shakespearean flavor. Carol Rocamora, an educator, critic, playwright, translator, and Drama Desk member, will be the moderator.     
The Drama Desk's Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion focusing on Shakespeare will take place at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., on Friday, April 4. It will begin with the luncheon at 11:45 AM, followed by the panel discussion from 1:15-2:30 PM. Tickets $50 for Drama Desk members and all members of all Women in the Arts & Media Coalition member organizations and $60 for non-members may be purchased in advance, online at DramaDesk.org, or directly at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/932325. To order by phone, call 212-352-3101. 


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SWAN DAY 2014: The Supreme Price 3/29/14

SWAN Day 2014 Event:
The Supreme Price 

Saturday Mar. 29, 2014


Join NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, School of Visual Arts Film department, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Women Make Movies and HerFlix at the SVA Theater for a screening of the documentary The Supreme Price in recognition of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists.

There will be a Q&A with industry leaders and reception following the screening. The event will begin with opening remarks from Reeves Lehman, Chairman of Film, Video and Animation at School of Visual Arts.

The Supreme Price (Produced/Directed by Joanna Lipper) is a feature-length documentary that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of  governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women. Produced and directed by Joanna Lipper, this film was made with  support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies and IFP Spotlight on Documentaries. The extended trailer for this film was commissioned by Gucci to launch their global Chime for Change Campaign at TED 2013. 

After the screening, stay for a conversation with ...

Joanna Lipper is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, author and lecturer at Harvard University, where she teachers Using Film for Social Change. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just FIlms, ITVS, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries and the BritDoc Foundation. In 2012, she won the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award for The Supreme Price. Other directing and producing credits include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive. Lipper's book about teen parenthood Growing Up Fast, was published in 2003 by Picador to notable praise, including Publisher's Weekly, which called it "compelling and important." Her photographic series, Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar was featured in Economica: PIcturing Power and Potential, a group exhibition presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the International Museum of Women in the Summer of 2010. The series was featured along with related multimedia installation at Photo De Mere in Vannes, France in 2011.

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Special thanks to Reeves Lehman and the School of Visual Arts.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts

Event Information
SWAN Day 2014
Screening + Talk:  The Supreme Price
Date/Time:Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pricing:Free
RSVP online
Location:SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
Beatrice Theater
 
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WomenArts SWAN Day 2014 Features Fannie Lou Hamer Opera at Mount Holyoke College



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SWAN 2014 Will Feature Opera About Fannie Lou Hamer At Mount Holyoke 

Auditions This Month in New York, Boston & South Hadley

For the past two years WomenArts has been working to help composer Mary D. Watkins develop Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, a full-length opera based on the inspiring true story of a woman civil rights leader in the 1960s. We are happy to announce that we have formed a partnership with the 60-piece Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra to produce a concert version of the opera in April 2014 as one of the highlights of this year's Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Day celebrations.

The performances will be April 4 & 5, 2014 in Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.  We are thrilled to be partnering with a leading women's college on this project.

Help Us Spread the Word About the Auditions

This opera has many roles for African-American opera singers. We are auditioning singers for the two leading roles (Fannie Lou Hamer and her husband) and for 12 ensemble members who will play a variety of African-American and Caucasian characters. To get more information about the available parts and to sign up for the auditions, please visit: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/music/orchestra/opera-dark-river

The auditions will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the National Opera Center in New York, NY; on Sunday, October 13 at Boston University in Boston, MA; and on Sunday, October 20 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.  We are also auditioning in South Hadley for 2 child sopranos to play the young Fannie and her sister.  Please forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested in auditioning.
About the Opera
Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is an opera about Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of sharecroppers who was one of the first African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi.  She became a civil rights leader and endured death threats, severe beatings, and imprisonment in order to obtain voting rights for her people.
As part of the growing national civil rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Party challenged the all-white Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Fannie Lou Hamer gave an electrifying speech that focused national attention on voter inequality. A year later President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices.
Ng Tian Hui, the Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Orchestra, says that he selected this work for two reasons: "The story of Fannie Lou Hamer's struggle for the rights of African-Americans resonated with me as an Asian transplanted to the U.S.  Her story speaks to anyone who has ever experienced discrimination or the feeling of being an outsider.  Also, I love working with contemporary artists like Mary D. Watkins who are creating their own musical styles.  Dark River is classical music that is infused with elements of jazz, gospel, and blues.  It is a wonderful musical challenge for me and the performers."
WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards was deeply moved when she saw the original production directed by Darryl V. Jones at the Oakland Opera Theater in 2009. "We don't often see stories that focus on the particular challenges faced by women activists," Richards explains.  "It was inspiring to see how Fannie Lou Hamer was constantly fighting sexism as well as racism and classism, but never gave up the struggle.  I love stories about women who persevere and succeed even when all the odds are against them."

Thanks to a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Richards has been able to work with composer Mary D. Watkins for two years as part of the WomenArts Harmony Project.  To watch our video trailer, listen to audio clips, and get other information about the opera, please visit: www.DarkRiverOpera.org.

Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer
Support This Opera!
We only have $20,000 left to raise for the Mount Holyoke performances of Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story. Gifts of any size will be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make an online gift earmarked for the opera, please click here>>

You can also mail a check to: Dark River Opera, c/o WomenArts, 1442A Walnut Street, Ste 67, Berkeley, CA 94709.  Gifts of stock are also welcome. For details, please Contact Us>>

About the Composer
Composer Mary Watkins
Mary D. Watkins
Trained in classical music at Howard University, Mary D. Watkins has written for symphony orchestras, chamber and jazz ensembles, film, theatre, and choral groups, in addition to being a popular recording artist for Olivia records in the 1970s.

Watkins' recent recordings include Prayer for Peace, a meditational CD, and Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (Albany Records, 2010: Center For Black Music Research; department of Columbia College in Chicago, IL). Read More>>

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SWAN DAY EVENT: 10x10:GIRL RISING

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.


WAM Coalition
New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT)
SAG-AFTRA National Women's Committee
HerFlix
and School of Visual Arts (SVA) Film Department 
Invite You to a Very Special Event 
in Celebration of Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day

When: 
Saturday, March 30, 2013
2 p.m.
 
 
 
Panel discussion and reception will follow the screening. 
Documentary is approximately 101 minutes.

Where: SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
(Between 8th and 9th Avenues)  New York, NY 
 

Please join us for a free screening of the documentary 
to be held 
Saturday, March 30
 on Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day
an annual event on the last Saturday of March
that celebrates women artists. 
  
is at the center of 10×10, a social action campaign that uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a single message: Educating girls in developing nations will change the world. From Oscar-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the film spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It captures their beliefs, dreams, and remarkable experiences while featuring voice performances by Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Alicia Keys and others. 
  
After the screening, stay for a conversation with
Tara Abrahams (10x10 Deputy Director), 
Kayce Freed Jennings (10x10 Senior Producer
and DocGroup Executive Vice-President) 
and Maaza Mengiste (novelist, Beneath the Lion's Gaze). 
  
TO REGISTER:  
  
or go to this URL:

If you are a member of one of our member organizations,
you are a member of the WAM Coalition.
Check our website for more information:
www.wamcoalition.org

Do not RSVP by replying to this message.
The WAM Coalition is not taking RSVPs.   

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Theatre Women Organize in LA & NY/More SWAN News

Support Women Artists Now
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SWAN News from Bulgaria & D.C.

Deborah Steinberg, our Director of Artist Services, has written two pieces for the WomenArts Blog this week about groups fighting for gender equality in theatre - the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative and its New York predecessor 50/50 in 2020. We have included excerpts in this newsletter - if you want to see the full articles, please visit the WomenArts Blog.

Please keep sending us your SWAN Day photos and videos. We have news this week from SWAN Festival Bulgaria and a SWAN song suggested by Liberated Muse Arts Group in Washington, DC. Thanks so much to all of you who helped make the Fifth International SWAN Day the best ever!
Martha Richards
Executive Director, WomenArts

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The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative is a Los Angeles-based movement working to ensure fair representation of women playwrights on local stages and beyond.

Are you ready to say "I'm with the FPI?" You can download a free FPI badge or buy one on T-shirts, mugs & more.
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, or LA FPI, was formed almost 2 years ago by playwrights Laura Shamas and Jennie Webb as a local, West Coast branch of the national movement for gender parity in American theatre led by the New York-based 50/50 in 2020 movement.

The FPI commissioned a study of women playwrights in the Los Angeles area, which found that only 20% of the plays produced locally were written by women. They began working on various fronts to address this paradox, with an infectious enthusiasm for their members' works and a positive, action-oriented attitude toward the field as a whole. These women know that they are making a difference, and they are excited about doing it.

Membership is free and the FPI offers newsletters and a variety of other online resources. Read more about them on the WomenArts Blog>>


Join 50/50 in 2020 - A Grassroots Movement to Achieve Gender Parity in Theatre
50/50 in 2020 is a New York-based grassroots movement that seeks gender parity for professional women theatre artists (i.e. 50% of theatre jobs) by the year 2020.
The members advocate for more opportunities and equal pay for women in professional theatre productions.

The cornerstone of 50/50 in 2020 is Works By Women, a group that goes to see productions written, directed, and/or designed by women in New York. Any woman can submit her show for consideration for listing on the Works by Women blog and for a possible group outing, though shows must be on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or Off-Off-Broadway. Works By Women also profiles women theatre artists and their shows in blog articles and interviews.

We especially love the idea of women supporting each other by seeing each other's work. WomenArts' own SWAN Day celebrations grew from the Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now/WITASWAN groups that Jan Lisa Huttner formed in Chicago to encourage women to see films by women.

We encourage women around the world to form groups to support each other, and when you do, please be sure to tell us about it, so that we can feature you in future newsletters.

Read more about 50/50 in 2020 in the WomenArts Blog>>


Congratulations to SWAN Festival Bulgaria!
SWAN Day Bulgaria Organizers
Rumyana Tancheva, Nevena Gadjeva, and Dessi Dimova
Congratulations to the organizers of SWAN Festival Bulgaria for their second four-day SWAN celebration. The efforts have been led by musician Dessi Dimova of Art Nova Foundation.
Dimova worked closely this year with Rumyana
Tancheva of Wonderland Events and Nevena Gadjeva of City Center Sofia Mall where many of the events were held. She also formed partnerships with the American Embassy in Bulgaria, Les Fleurs Hotel, the Sofia Municipality, Social Me (check out their cool graphics), and Fresh Swing Dance.

This year's celebration focused on the active participation of the audience by offering workshops in several styles of dancing, puppet theatre, candle-making, creating batiks, knitting, painting with watercolors (for children), food carving, and food photography.

They also offered their first "SWAN Academy," a one-week free "boot camp" in documentary film-making led by Minnesota-based U.S. filmmaker Melody Gilbert of Frozen Feet Films.

For more information, please visit: swanfestivalbg.com
Note: This site is in Bulgarian, but if you look in the top right corner of the screen, you will find a small British flag that you can click to get the English version.  You can also use Google Translate to translate the site from Bulgarian to English and many other languages.
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Check It Out: Dianne Reeves Sings About Being A Woman Artist
Special thanks to Khadijah Ali-Coleman of Liberated Muse Arts Group in Washington, DC for introducing us to Endangered Species, a song by the fabulous jazz singer Dianne Reeves about being a woman artist.

We have printed the lyrics below because they seem like a perfect fit with this week's newsletter about groups fighting for gender equality in the arts.

You can find several versions of the song on YouTube or you can hear the excerpt that Liberated Muse used in its promo video for their I'm Every Woman SWAN event.

Their SWAN event featured performers from Washington, DC’s progressive soul music scene sharing their own music and performing tribute songs to other artists. You can see videos from their show at LiberatedMuse.com
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Endangered Species
by Dianne Reeves
"I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
I am a woman I exist
I shake my fist
but not my hips
My skin is dark
my body is strong
I sing of rebirth
no victim's song
I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
They cut out my sex
they bind my feet
Silence my reflex
no tongue to speak
I work in the fields
I work in the store
I type up the deals
and I mop the floors

I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
My body is fertile
I bring life about
Drugs, famine, and war, take them back out
My husband can beat me his right they say
And rape isn't rape
you say I like it that way
I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
I know where my soul belongs
I know where I belong." 

Special Thanks

WomenArts is supported this year by generous grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Art Happens, The Sister Fund, the Harnisch Foundation, HEW Foundation, Northern Trust Charitable Giving, Do A Little, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the PatsyLu Fund of the Open Meadows Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, California Community Foundation, and by gifts of time, energy and money from artists and arts supporters around the world. 

About WomenArts

WomenArts (formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists) is a community of artists and allies dedicated to celebrating and supporting art by and about women. For an overview of our programs and services, please see the About Us section of our website.

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