"My underlying motive for taking on SWAN Day was a very basic human desire — I wanted to cultivate friendships and help others do the same. . . Now we are all part of each other's history. We are all each other's bevy of SWANs."
- Jamie Bilgo Bruchman
Visual artist Jamie Bilgo Bruchman had a desire to create community, but felt stuck with the question, "Where do I even start with that?!"
She found an answer this year by organizing the first ever SWAN Day MKE (Support Women Artists Now Day Milwaukee), a vibrant, community-wide celebration involving 167 Milwaukee women artists.
Find out how Bruchman created a SWAN event that embodies "feminism in its best form — women finding ways to uplift each other." Read more>>
When Bruchman put out a call for swan-themed art, she was astounded when 79 original artworks came pouring in by artists of all ages from all over the city in a wide variety of media.
The piece above is a 9 foot by 6 foot photo installation organized by Lexis Zenobia, who photographed 75 women from the Facebook group, Milwaukee Ladies United — each one posing with a vintage swan lamp. Read more>>
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Chinese Whispers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uncovering the forgotten history of the Chinese pioneers who helped build the American West, will present the world premiere of Golden Gate, at Fort Mason Center from March 18 - 20. The multimedia theater work will focus on stories of the Chinese who have settled in the Bay Area.
"From the time of the Gold Rush through the end of the 19th century, over a quarter million Chinese came to work on the railroads, in mining, agriculture, fisheries, industries and various enterprises of the West," said Rene Yung, founder and director of Chinese Whispers."But there's hardly any mention of them as individuals in America's national narrative." Read more>>
NEW YORK, NY: The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will offer Change Artists – Using the Arts to Leverage Positive Change, a panel discussion about ways to use the arts to raise awareness of human rights violations against women that are linked to "criminal traditions" such as honor killings or bride burning. March 17 at 2:30 p.m. Read more>>
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA:The Sixth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers features 33 events celebrating the voices and visions of women writers of all ages and from many walks of life. This year's Festival will run from March 12 – 20, with nine full days of events, many free, featuring nationally renowned and local women writers presenting workshops, discussions, readings, performances, and talks. Read more>>
As part of the festival, Kelly DuMar, a playwright, poet and long-time SWAN organizer, will offer a free writing and performance workshop called Telling Truth & Beauty: Writing, Telling and Playing Back Personal Stories on Tuesday, March 15 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Read more>>
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