Women's History Month - Free Events & Opportunities Online for March 2021

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Women's History Month
Free Events & Opportunities Online
March 2021
Conversations in America: Submissions to "2020 Vision" by 3/21/21
Hospice from New Federal Theatre
Gabriel from New Perspectives Theatre - only one more day to view
Women's History Month - Online Events and Links to Explore and Learn
Coming Together Through Creativity from The Actors Theatre Workshop
Conversations In America: 
“2020 Vision”—The Year We Saw Everything
(Submissions accepted February 14th - March 21st
from Valentine’s Day to the Spring Equinox)
"It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone…” Michelle Obama

“Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.” Mahnaz Afkhami

“A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

"I just want to recognize that women are never congratulated for their hunger. We are never rewarded for taking up space musically. So, I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for what we teach each other and that is to hunger for more, to not accept less, to make sure our voices are heard because the point of view that we have is required."
Jeanine Tesori, Composer

 No one is able to hide anymore. No one. 

We are still in a health, social, economic, political crisis which has impacted all of us. The stress of our lives multiplied over the last few years and exploded in 2020. Now time for change and renewal is at hand. How do we move forward?

How can we as artists discuss what justice for all of us looks like? What do we want for our future? How can we increase compassion and understanding to give voice to those voices that fall on deaf ears? How do we find ways for those deaf ears to hear, see and feel outside their understanding? Art can be the language of constructive action towards being heard. We want to work toward an understanding and developing movement forward through our art.

Some Topics to launch from:

Pandemic: How it has changed/impacted/escalated our lives

Discrimination: How has it changed? Not changed? What questions should we be asking?What are the answers? 

BLM: social/racial justice, behavior, protesting, outsiders looting, How we are coming together?

#MeToo: equal pay, equal treatment in the office, the world… constant harassment in life and work  

Division in the Country: We have never been so divided. How do we find common ground? How do we actually make these United States exactly that - United? Can we? Can this new administration?

Concentrate on one, or draw on more than one, it is all up to you and your imagination. Go for it! Written and performed pieces 3 to 5 minutes tops. 

We will host a virtual evening to perform, display, discuss and enlighten the many sides of these issues that impact us all. Looking for: Scenes, Short plays, Short films, Monologues, Music, Poetry, Dance, Paintings, Sculptures and Photography - again nothing to exceed 3-5 minutes.
The entire evening will run 75-90 minutes with no intermission and will be via Zoom link. We will have a cast of professional NY actors reading the chosen pieces, and all art for the evening - photography, paintings, sculptures, music - will be put on display.

As in the past, this is open to all members of our organizations and affiliate organizations (see the list here).

Send your submission to: conversations@womenartsmediacoalition.org

 From New Federal Theatre:
written by Pearl Cleage
directed by Awoye Timpo
Featuring Petronia Paley and Margaret Odette

Premieres Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 7 PM,
Streaming ends, Monday, March 8 @ midnight
Free admission, Donations Welcome.

From New Perspectives Theatre, ONLY ONE MORE DAY to see GABRIEL
by George Sand in an excellent production from On Her Shoulders, dramaturgy supported by the League of Professional Theatre Women.
by George Sand

NPTC's On Her Shoulders Program, part of our Women's Work Project, returns with an exciting new translation/adaptation of a script from 1839! Women's Work LAB member Lynn Marie Macy has fashioned a powerful script from what has long been considered a "problem play", part novel and part dramatic work.

Join us for a virtual presentation available until Wednesday, March 3rd, on NPTC's YouTube Channel. 

Admission is Free, with a requested Donation.

The handsome, heroic heir to a vast estate, raised as a man to follow a man’s pursuits and to despise women, is devastated to learn at the age of seventeen that he is in fact a she. Gabriel courageously refuses to give up her male privileges, and her tragic struggle to work and fight and love in all the ways she knows how offers a window into the obstacles faced by George Sand, the prolific intellectual woman whom the popular press portrayed as a promiscuous, cigar-smoking oddity in trousers. 

Macy directs a cast that includes Bill Blechingberg*, JD Daw*, AndrĂ© DeSandies, Laura E. Johnston*, Anya Krawcheck, C. Amanda Maud*, and Bess Miller (* Member Actors' Equity)

Dramaturg Melody Brooks introduces the reading with a brief "Play in Context" lecture, which situates the script in its historical time and place. Luisa Battista is providing her video expertise to create a virtual experience that does justice to writing and to the talents of our wondeful cast.

When you register for GABRIEL on Event Brite, you will automatically receive the link to view the presentation at any time until midnight, on Wednesday, March 3rd.

You will also receive a brief biography of George Sand.

The program is free, but we hope audiences will find it worthy of a small donation. As a special thanks, donors will receive the Play In Context essay in addition to the biography.
If you have already registered for a free ticket, but wish to make a donation and receive the essay, you may do so via PayPal. Please specify in the NOTE section, or send us a message at newper37@gmail.com .

Coming Together Through Creativity
Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm EST - FREE
from The Actors Theatre Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone but it has also created opportunities to connect with people in our community in new ways. When we discovered in March that our creative educational programs were just as life-changing online, we developed a new class that would allow us to connect with each other while learning creative exercises to combat the stress of a more isolated life.

Join us for our free class, Coming Together Through Creativity, led by our Artistic Director and Founder Thurman E. Scott, 
on Wednesday, March 24th at 7PM ET,
as we use our voices to build new bonds
during these unprecedented times. 


Women Talk About Resilience & History at 2 Inspiring Events

Women Talk About Resilience and History at Inspiring Events on March 7 & 8

Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,
Look What SHE Did! is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire women and girls by creating short films about remarkable women who have changed the world.

In honor of Women's History Month, Look What SHE Did! will be featuring stories of female resilience, starting with the premiere of a new film with the legendary labor leader and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta, on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST.  
Poster for Look What She Did Benefit

The event will be hosted by the smart and hilarious Kate Rigg, and it will feature an interactive conversation with Dolores Huerta about her resilience as a social justice activist for more than 50 years. 

Founded in 2015 by filmmaker Julie HébertLook What SHE Did! has created over 150 films about inspiring women. Each film is only 3 or 4 minutes long and you can watch them online for free. They are a lot of fun because they always feature women talking passionately about their personal female role models. The event on March 7 is a benefit for Look What SHE Did! and tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10. 

Time:  Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST
Tickets for the Benefit:  $10 minimum donation.  Get your tickets here>> 

This is a Look What SHE Did! video featuring Kate Rigg talking about the inspiring Hawaiian politician, Patsy Mink. (4 minutes)
Get Tickets to the Benefit for Look What SHE Did!
Golden Thread Celebrates 25 Years of Middle Eastern Women Artists!
Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, celebrates International Women's Day every year with a program that showcases the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists called What Do the Women Say?

For this year's program Golden Thread's Board President and Resident Artist, Nora El Samahy and Founding Artistic Director, Torange Yeghiazarian will discuss Golden Thread's 25-year history of placing Middle Eastern women artists center stage in a free livestream on Howlround.com on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11 am PST/ 2 p.m. EST.
Golden Thread's Artistic Director, Torange Yeghiazarian (center) will be in conversation with Nora El Samahy (right end) on Monday, March 8 at 11 a.m. PST.  

El Samahy is a popular Bay Area actress, who is especially well known for her innovative one-woman show, Oh My Sweet Land, which was based on interviews with Syrian refugees.  El Samahy cooked a batch of kibbeh, the national dish of Syria, during each performance. Yeghiazarian directed the show which was performed in kitchens in private homes, restaurants and community spaces.     

Guest artists Sofia Ahmad, Lana Nasser, Sara Razavi, Naima Shalhoub, and Sedef Ecer will join the discussion with reflections on the ways Golden Thread has influenced their artistic careers and their dreams for the future.

Time:  Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST
Livestreaming on Howlround.com:  Click here to watch>>

Watch Golden Thread's Livestream on March 8 at 11 am PST

Update on SWAN Day 2021

Although most people will not be able to do in-person SWAN events this year, WomenArts would like to encourage you to carry on the SWAN spirit in whatever ways you can. If you are able to do an online SWAN event, or if you want to post blogs, photos, music, or videos that celebrate women, trans or non-binary artists, please use the hashtag #SWANDay2021 so that others can see what you are doing.

The most important element of SWAN Day is mutual support, and we want to emphasize that this year.  Even if you can't do any kind of event, we invite you to find ways to celebrate SWAN Day through creative acts of kindness to those around you.  

Please take time to reach out to the women, trans, and non-binary artists in your life, especially the ones who are struggling.  Write them letters, call them up, bring them food, or send them gifts.  Use your creativity to let them know how much you appreciate them and their work.

In these challenging times, these simple acts of kindness have tremendous power. If we keep working  together, as so many of us have done in the past, we will help each other find the confidence and courage to keep making our art and keep making the world a better place. 

Support Women Artists Now Day Background for Newcomers

For those of you who are new to Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day, it is an annual international holiday which is officially celebrated on the last Saturday of March ( March 27 this year).  Since the spirit of the event is more important than the exact date, people hold SWAN events throughout the month of March (Women's History Month) and sometimes in April. There is an overview of SWAN Day here.

SWAN Day was co-founded by  Martha Richards, the Founder and President of WomenArts, and Jan Lisa Huttner, the Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media and the creative force behind WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now).  It was first celebrated in 2008, and there have been over 2,000 SWAN celebrations in 37 countries since then.  In the SWAN Day section of the WomenArts website, you can read more about the history of SWAN Day, and you can see videos of some of the past SWAN events, including celebrity SWAN videos by Sandra Oh, Isabel Allende and Famke Janssen.  You can also see the annual lists of past SWAN events, and you will find many articles in the WomenArts blog describing past SWAN events.

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