Uplift & Amplify: February #SWANSunday Artists

SWAN Day means Support Women Artists Now Day. It is an annual international celebration of women’s creativity and gender parity activism. It happens on the last Saturday in March. But we don’t have to wait. We can support women* artists every week!

StateraArts launched a social media campaign in January designed to AMPLIFY the voices and work of women artists as part of SWAN Day. The goal is to flood social media every Sunday with images, quotes, and work from women artists. Below are just a few of the incredible artists YOU amplified during the month of February. Who will you amplify this Sunday?

Find out more about SWAN Day HERE.

Christie Vela - Director and Actor

Christie Vela - Director and Actor

ARTIST: Christie Vela

AMPLIFIED BY: Vanessa DiSilvio

Vanessa says, “This fierce actor and director in Dallas Fort Worth is an inspiration. As a fellow Latina artist, she caught my eye 10 years ago when I first moved to Dallas and I thought to myself, I have to work with this woman.”

Alysia Reiner - Producer and Actor

Alysia Reiner - Producer and Actor

ARTIST: Alysia Reiner

AMPLIFIED BY: Avis Boone

Avis writes, “Guess who's hosting the Women in the Arts & Media 2019 Collaboration Awards Gala on March 30th? Alysia Reiner! Her film EGG (@eggthefilm) will receive the Acclaimed Collaboration Award.”

Neema Bagamuhunda - Dancer and Puppeteer

Neema Bagamuhunda - Dancer and Puppeteer

ARTIST: Neema Bagamuhunda

AMPLIFIED BY: Nyakwar Dowllar

Neema Bagamuhunda is a dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and story teller from Nairobi, Kenya. Nyakway writes, “Neema is an all around superb artist. Today I celebrate you!”

Julianna Bloodgood - Performer and Educator

Julianna Bloodgood - Performer and Educator

ARTIST: Julianna Bloodgood

AMPLIFIED BY: Sarah Greenman

Sarah writes, “Today for #SWANSunday I want to amplify the work of Julianna Bloodgood - mover, space-maker, story-teller, educator. Julianna's work is fierce and potent beyond imagining.”

Heather Day - Visual Artist

Heather Day - Visual Artist

ARTIST: Heather Day

AMPLIFIED BY: Evangeline Stott

Evangeline writes, “I want to share a special experience I had yesterday. I got to see the work of Heather Day in person. Heather is easily in my top three art heroes. Her exploration of color, genius layering, and delicious textures all make for such playful and captivating work, but what I really admire about her is her sense of self (with who she is as a maker and also with her presence on Instagram). She gives of herself so generously and I appreciate the way she shares her process, her musings, and her beautiful life. Check out her incredible show at Joshua Liner Gallery!!”

Kimberly Faith Hickman - Artistic Director

Kimberly Faith Hickman - Artistic Director

ARTIST: Kimberly Faith Hickman

AMPLIFIED BY: Jackie Vanderbeck

Hickman is an Artistic Director, Director, and Choreographer. Jackie writes, “For #SWANSunday, I want to amplify Kimberly Faith Hickman, founder of the Omaha Community Playhouse Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, a theatre education program teaching life skills through stage skills for youth and adults; as well as creating the Omaha Community Playhouse Directing Fellowship, a professional training program for early and mid-career stage directors.”