Worthy Wednesday: WomenArts SWAN Day

Today’s Worthy Wednesday spotlights WomenArts SWAN Day, March 31st, 2012.

A little over one year ago Meganda Films started to subscribe to WomenArts, an organization based in San Francisco. Their monthly newsletters are must reads and the stories of women making moves in the arts is inspiring. This Saturday  March 31, is   SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now). It will also be celebrated throughout March and April 2012.

By focusing attention on the  work of women artists, SWAN Day helps people imagine what the world might be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. People celebrate this new holiday by participating in SWAN Day events and by making donations to their favorite women artists. The long-term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities around the world to find new ways to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of  civic planning.

For SWAN Day events in your area you can check out the SWAN Day Calender.

WomenArts is a worldwide community of  artists and allies that   works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility  for women artists. We  provide a variety of free online networking, fundraising and advocacy services, and we organize Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity in all its forms. We believe in the power of women artists to create, connect, and change the world

Spread the word! This Saturday and everyday celebrate Women in the Arts.

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One thought on “Worthy Wednesday: WomenArts SWAN Day

  1. Hi, Megan – you might want to check this out>>>
    I am not an active member of AF3IRM, but some members are an extension of Gabnet. But one of their founding members, Ninotchka Rosca is a close friend of mine…

    NEW YORK: Fresh from the triumph of Eritrea Ahdey (Eritrea, My Country) exhibit, Samra Ghermay joins more than a half-dozen transnational women artists for AF3IRM’s annual art show. La Bracera: Women & Work opens on Saturday, April 21, 2011, 7 pm at the Yippie Museum, 9 Bleecker Street, Manhattan, 10012. Those interested in the reception are urged to call or email AF3IRM NY so they can be included in the guest list.

    Among the confirmed participating artists are Sarah Kolker (36Kolks), Crystal Clarity, Madonna Davidoff, and Melanie Cervantes. The women artists trace their ethnicity to a mixture of bloodlines: from Xicana, Puerto Rican, Jamaican to African-American and Filipina. Some focus primarily on the culture and history of their people, while others embrace commonalities across ethnic borders. All however create the astounding imagery of women at work and what it means for women to have work.

    The theme echoes current women’s concerns over the economic crisis; thus far, only 32% of jobs created by the so-called economic recovery program have gone to women workers. Compounded by the gender-wage gap and under-employment for women, especially women of color, the continuing discrimination against women with regards to jobs has consigned some 1.5 million single mothers and millions of children in the US to poverty.

    Exhibit hours at the Yippie Museum are from 7-10 pm. Please RSVP to nynj@af3irm.orgor call 212-726-2254 for either the opening or closing events, media coverage or to purchase a piece.

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