What is SWAN Day?
As part of our ongoing efforts to increase the visibility of women artists, StateraArts puts the spotlight on women artists every March and April through Support Women Artists Now Day.
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is an annual international celebration of women’s creativity and gender parity activism, which was co-founded by Martha Richards of WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of FF2 Media in 2008. WomenArts led SWAN Day from 2008 – 2018 and selected StateraArts to lead SWAN Day starting in 2019.
Join Us for Support Women Artists Now Day!
Be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists!
The official date for the Twelfth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 30, 2019, the last Saturday of March. Women led art exhibits, concerts, art festivals, readings, slam poetry jams, dance recitals, public art installations, and more happen throughout the months of March and April. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates. Host an event, big or small, and join us. You can also learn more about the history of SWAN Day here: www.stateraarrts.org/swan-day-history.
There have been over 1,900 SWAN Day events in 36 countries in the first 11 years of this new holiday. You are welcome to post events on our SWAN Calendar throughout the year.
SWAN Day – Ways to Participate
SWAN Day is a grassroots effort that is being coordinated by Statera Foundation and WomenArts through our website. Everyone is invited to help us create this new holiday. No fees or application forms are required.
Organize Arts Events for SWAN Day – There have been over 1,1900 SWAN Day events in 36 countries in the past 11 years. Join the fun by organizing an event in your community! Remember to use the official SWAN Day Logo (above) in your publicity materials.
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. 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. Screen films written and directed by women to show at your party. Ask everyone to contribute some amount of money and then make a group decision about which artist/s you want to support.
Introduce Students to Women Artists in the US & Elsewhere – If you are a teacher introduce your students to women artists. Don't know any women artists? Contact us! Perhaps we can organize an international pen-pal or exchange programs!
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.
Start Wearing SWAN Shirts, Jewelry and Other Items – Since the abbreviation of “Support Women Artists Now” is “SWAN,” you can 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.
*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 nonbinary.
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, 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.