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 submit your event for inclusion on our SWAN Calendar throughout the year. Keep in mind that these events are usually in the month of March, or as close to March as possible. This is in keeping with March as Women’s History Month and March 8th as International Women’s Day.
SWAN Day – Ways to Participate
SWAN Day is a grassroots effort that is being coordinated by StateraArts through our online SWAN Calendar. Everyone is invited to help us create this new holiday. No fees or application forms are required. There is however, a submission process to be included on the official SWAN Day Calendar. Please see our Guide for Best Practices for more information.
Organize Arts Events for SWAN Day – There have been over 1,900 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 in your publicity materials. We make our SWAN Day logo and promotional badges available to you as a courtesy HERE.
Add your Event to the SWAN Calendar
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
Once your event has been accepted for inclusion on the calendar, StateraArts will promote your event via our SWAN Calendar and social media outlets. This is a list service. The organization and execution of your event is your own responsibility. Events are independent of StateraArts, WomenArts, or WITASWAN. Once you've submitted your event, our team will review it. Events that are consonant with the mission and intent of SWAN Day will be posted to the SWAN Day Calendar. Here are some ideas about how you can get involved!
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 assist in organizing 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.
SWAN DAY LOGOS
You’ll find shareable SWAN Day logos and promotional badges HERE. These logos help to show that you are participating in and showing solidarity for an international grassroots movement for gender equity in the arts. Please refer to our Best Practices Guide for more information.
The official hashtags for SWAN Day 2019 are #internationalSWANday and #SWANDay2019. For those of you who are organizing SWAN Day events or festivals, we suggest using #SWANDay(location)2019. (For instance #SWANDayKenya2019 or #SWANDayNYC2019.) This helps your audience follow your work on social media.
VIRTUAL SWAN PARTY
Make sure to join StateraArts on March 30, 2019 for a live Virtual SWAN Party via Facebook! We’ll have live updates from SWAN gatherings across the country, plus photos, interviews, and more! Join us HERE.
*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, 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.