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Celebrate Women Artists! Announcing the First Annual SWAN Day (Today!)

Heart,

I enjoy reading womens space as a feminist refuge from a lot of the mainstream progressive blogs. I thought you and your readers might be interested in hearing about the first ever holiday for female artists and the video featuring Sandra Oh, the phenomenal and fearless actress from Grey’s Anatomy, celebrating the talent of female artists on the first annual SWAN Day.

Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day was launched this year with over 100 events globally (including Ghana and Bosnia) as an international holiday to honor female artists, actresses, playwrights, singers, etc. so that their vision of a better world can be both seen and heard. 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. It is taking place this Saturday, March 29th and the last Saturday of every Women’s History Month in future years.

Using the power of all forms of art, the first SWAN Day will be marked with performances, exhibits, film premiers, parties and celebrations.

SWAN Day events are happening in 24 states across the U.S. – ranging from a festival of women-fronted rock bands in Connecticut to a theatre performance in California by women aged 56-84.  In Dorchester, Massachusetts, a recycling center is offering workshops on using leather and vinyl scraps to create purses and tote bags.   There are premiere film screenings in San Francisco and Chicago, and all-day festivals in Washington, D.C.; Providence, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

SWAN festivals are also being created outside of the U.S. in Germany, Canada, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Ghana.

To find an event near you here at home, check out this handy map.

Best,
Caroline

Thanks for the heads up, Caroline!  And for finding my blog to be a feminist refuge. 🙂

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