In June 2018, WomenArts announced Statera Foundation as the new organizers of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day 2019. As part of the transition of SWAN Day from WomenArts to Statera, WomenArts is sponsoring a gathering of key SWAN organizers on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI as part of Statera Foundation’s Third National Conference on gender parity in the arts.
WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards will facilitate a discussion with leading SWAN organizers from New York, Connecticut, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Kenya, and the Czech Republic.
Although these organizers have often corresponded online over the past eleven years, this will be the first time that they have met each other face-to-face. The goals of this historic gathering will be to share best practices and to find ways to increase the impact of SWAN Day. Richards, in collaboration with Statera’s Creative Director Sarah Greenman, will also moderate a panel discussion about SWAN Day as part of StateraCon on Friday, October 5th.
In a statement, Statera’s Executive Director Melinda Pfundstein said, “At Statera we have been organizing conferences and building our mentorship program because we believe in the power of women artists supporting other women artists by sharing their skills and cheering each other on. Those are the core values of SWAN Day as well. We are so grateful for Martha Richards’ vision and for the support of WomenArts. We are thrilled to be the new organizers of SWAN Day.”
At this historic SWAN Convening, SWAN Day organizers will have a chance to be a part of the leadership transition and brainstorm with Statera Foundation about ways in which SWAN Day can make an even greater impact on the gender parity movement in years to come.
“As SWAN Day starts its second decade, it is wonderful to have this burst of new energy and ideas from the Statera women,” said Martha Richards. “I have been very impressed with their skills and commitment, and I am confident that they will find ways to make SWAN Day bigger and better than ever."
Below is a video with Martha Richards, published in June 2018, about the SWAN Day transition.