This year marked the 12th Annual SWAN Day and StateraArts was proud to be a part of it all! We were blown away by both your amazing creativity and the diversity of events and artists. Thanks so much to all of you who participated in Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Day this year as artists or audience members. This was the first year that SWAN Day was organized and promoted by StateraArts. We are deeply grateful to those who are carrying on the 12-year tradition of organizing SWAN events in their own communities and we’re thrilled at the amazing number of SWAN events that were new to the calendar this year!
Special thanks to: Jamie Bilgo Bruchman of SWAN Day MKE, Sophie Dowllar of SWAN Day Kenya, Jennifer Hill of SWAN Day CT, Deborah Magdalena of SWAN Day Miami, Charné & Rachel of SWAN Day Chicago, Christine Kellogg of SWAN Day Pensacola, Vanessa Gendron of SWAN Day Prague, Sheila Kalkbrenner of SWAN Days Allegany County, Karin Hendricks of SWAN Day Central Coast, Deborah Gaffney of SWAN Day Houston, Martha Richards of WomenArts, Jan Huttner of FF2 Media, Brenda Foley of The Bridge Initiative, Kristen van Ginhoven of WAM Theatre, Jennie Webb of Los Angeles Women’s Female Playwright Initiative, Avis Boone of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, the League of Professional Theatre Women, SAG-AFTRA, The Kilroys, and so many others. You inspire us everyday!
For those of you who tuned into our first ever Virtual SWAN Day Party on Facebook, thank you! We loved seeing the videos and photos of your events. Today on the Statera Blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite photos from this year’s festivities. It was difficult to narrow it down because there were so many! We’ve also been sharing photos via Instagram using #SWANDay2019. So check it all out!
SWAN Day Kenya celebrated their 12th year with a day-long festival in Nairobi. This flagship event is a musical concert, complete with poetry /spoken word and artistic displays with a thematic approach to building co-existence and national cohesion. Read more about their incredible event HERE.
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) hosts a “Micro Reads” event every year. Pictured above are the fabulous SoCal artists that showed up for SWAN Day Los Angeles hosted by the LAFPI at A Noise Within Theatre Company in Pasadena, CA. Read more about their event HERE.
Santa Maria, CA
SWAN Day Central Coast hosted its first ever SWAN event this year! Organized by women* artists at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, SWAN Day Central Coast celebrated with a production of Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” followed by a speaker event and reception. Welcome to the family, PCPA! Read more about their event HERE.
SWAN Day Pensacola also hosted its first ever SWAN event this year! Organized by women* artists at PenArts, SWAN Day Pensacola celebrated with a day-long festival featuring theatre artists, musicians, poets, and visual artists. To learn more about the incredible line-up of women artists who made the 1st annual SWAN Day Pensacola a realty, check out their feature on the Statera Blog.
New York, NY
The photo above was taken at the screening of “This Changes Everything” hosted by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and partners (Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, FF2 Media, SAG-AFTRA, HerFLix and others) in celebration of the 12th annual International SWAN Day.
The League of Professional Theatre Women held their annual Theatre Women Awards ceremony at the Sheen Center this year. Recipients included May Adrales, The Kilroys, and many others. Read more about their event HERE.
Inspired by the successful reading of the classic play, “Twelve Angry Men,” by Reginald Rose featuring 12 extraordinary Broadway actresses, producer Lauren Class Schneider invited women in law schools, universities, high schools, community and regional theaters, and community centers across the country to raise their voices – with scripts in hand – in readings of the play with all-female casts over the weekend of April 5-8, 2019. The Black is Beautiful Project kicked off this amazing national initiative, presenting the first and only all African-American Female reading of "12 Angry Men". To learn more about these incredible women and this national initiative, check out their feature on the Statera Blog.
New Britain, CT
Now in its 12th year, SWAN Day Connecticut brings trailblazing women artists together for a multi-genre music and arts festival. This one-of-a-kind event attracts people from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. To learn more about this year’s artist line-up, check out their feature on the Statera Blog.
Baton Rouge, LA
Now in its second year in celebration of SWAN Day, Jackie Vanderbeck hosted a collaborative afternoon of women+ playwrights. This event is an opportunity to expand awareness of plays by women+ so that participants can be ambassadors and advocate for women’s voices in the arts. Read more about their event HERE.
This photo is shared courtesy of G. Lee Gallery in Galveston, Texas where they hosted a SWAN Day Juried Art show featuring local women artists. Learn more about their event HERE.
As part of our 2019 SWAN Day programming, StateraArts also conducted a series of SWAN Day interviews with women* artists, playwrights, and arts leaders. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, follow the links below.
*A NOTE ON INCLUSION AT STATERA
Women: Statera recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We serve and welcome anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also serve and welcome those who identify as non-binary.
Intersectionality: StateraArts works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, religion, parental status, size, age, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all.