Statera Foundation Chosen to Lead International SWAN Day

Statera Foundation has been named by WomenArts as the new organizers of SWAN Day / Support Women Artists Now Day.

This year, Statera Foundation joined forces with WomenArts to co-organize SWAN Day 2018. This exciting partnership allowed Statera leadership to walk side-by-side with WomenArts in creating a marketing campaign, managing the SWAN Day Calendar, communicating with SWAN Day participants, supporting special web content, and overseeing SWAN Day media.

“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, Executive Director of WomenArts. “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."

Statera's immediate plans for expansion entail a SWAN Day convening at Statera's 2018 National Conference in Milwaukee on October 4th, broader marketing assistance for future SWAN events, and support webinars for SWAN Day organizers detailing how to build local community partnerships and coalitions for greater positive social impact.

For the past three years, Statera Foundation has focused on increasing opportunities for theatre artists who identify as women. With the addition of SWAN Day programming, Statera now expands their support and advocacy to women artists everywhere. Statera’s Executive Director,  Melinda Pfundstein, says “SWAN Day is a perfect fit for Statera’s mission and allows us to extend our reach to support and lift up women in all art forms and all around the world."

Pfundstein continued, “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.”

Martha Richards has joined Statera Foundation's Advisory Board and will remain connected to SWAN Day efforts in a mentorship capacity. Richards also recently announced a $25,000 matching grant to Statera Foundation to support SWAN Day 2019 in addition to their current programming.

Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is an annual international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. 2018 saw the launch of an official SWAN Day Instagram account (www.instagram.com/swan_day) using #SWANDay. If you haven't yet, please check out the Full List of 2018 SWAN Events from 2018. We've highlighted a few below:


BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

 Sara Osi Scott (left) and Sarah Nansubuga (right) at SWAN Day Baton Rouge

Sara Osi Scott (left) and Sarah Nansubuga (right) at SWAN Day Baton Rouge

Jackie Vanderbeck, Artistic Director of Sing for Your Seniors and an active member of Statera Foundation, hosted a Women’s Playwright Symposium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in honor of SWAN Day 2018.


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

 SWAN Day Chicago 2018 featured a SWAN photo booth.

SWAN Day Chicago 2018 featured a SWAN photo booth.

The fifth Annual SWAN Day Chicago celebrated women artists in the Windy City and featured the mixed media talents of Katrice Buckley, Tarynn Jackson, Jaelen Isis, Tyler Clark, and Zitiali Yunuhem. DJ Gemini Jones provided the soundtrack for the evening’s festivities.

ILA Creative started SWAN Day Chicago in 2014. This year’s showcase was a fundraiser for SkyArt, a non-profit visual arts organization for the youth of Chicago’s southside.

In a city where arts programming for youth is scarce and rarely funded, SkyArt makes a huge impact in the Chicago community.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

 SWAN Day Los Angeles 2018

SWAN Day Los Angeles 2018

The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) hosted an afternoon of micro-reads at the Los Angeles Samuel French Book Store to celebrate women playwrights for SWAN Day Los Angeles 2018.


BOSNIA and HERZEGONVINA

 The Musicki Centar Rezonanca (Resonance Music Center) in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Musicki Centar Rezonanca (Resonance Music Center) in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Musicki Centar Rezonanca (Resonance Music Center) presented Red Shoe Night, a SWAN benefit performance of music and poetry for their friends  with cancer, in Konjic, Bosnia & Herzegovina.  This was the first time that the Resonance Music Center has participated in SWAN Day, and they are the second SWAN group from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK

 SWAN Day New York 2018

SWAN Day New York 2018

Ten top film groups joined forces to do a SWAN Day screening in New York of Winnie, an award-winning documentary about Winnie Madikizela Mandela by British filmmaker, Pascale Lamche. The collaborators were:  NY Women in Film and TelevisionSAG-AFTRA, the School of Visual Arts Film DepartmentFF2 MediaImageNation Cinema FoundationWomen in the Arts & Media Coalition (WAMC), African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC), Women Make Movies (WMM), HerFlix., and the SVA Theatre.


MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

 Dancers at SWAN Day Milwaukee 2018

Dancers at SWAN Day Milwaukee 2018

SWAN Day Milwaukee, now in its third year, invited women artists to explore their artistic and spiritual connections to nature, and how these roots nourish one’s work, activism and daily living. Dozens of new artists were included in this year’s opening celebration. The art exhibit is currently open and runs through May 31, 2018 at the Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI.


NAIROBI, KENYA

 Performers at SWAN Day Kenya 2018

Performers at SWAN Day Kenya 2018

The theme of SWAN Day Kenya 2018 was Closing the Gap: Connecting Artists. Over 70 female artists participated in the day-long festival this year. SWAN Day Kenya was coordinated by Sophie Dowlar. Please take a look at this fantastic video about their 2018 festivities.


NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT

 Martha Richards & SWAN Organizer Jennifer Hill at SWAN Day CT 2018

Martha Richards & SWAN Organizer Jennifer Hill at SWAN Day CT 2018

Martha Richards, Executive Director of WomenArts, attended the 2018 SWAN Day Connecticut music festival on April 14th to congratulate Jennifer Hill who has organized the event for eleven straight years!  SWAN Day CT 2018 was a fabulous six-hour music showcase featuring Jen TaylorThat VirginiaMurderous ChanteuseNan RoyAudio JaneLaini and the WildfirePatti RothbergVivienne LaFlammeDJ BreakaDawn, and more. 


Since its inception 11 years ago, there have been events in almost 40 countries, and WomenArts estimates that over 10,000 people participate in SWAN events every year. The official date for SWAN Day 2019 is Saturday, March 30th. Are you hosting or organizing a 2019 SWAN Day event? Make sure you submit it to the SWAN Day Calendar!

Do you have questions about SWAN Day? Reach out to Statera Foundation directly at SWANDay@staterafoundation.org.

Please help us make the next International SWAN Day the biggest and best one yet by making a gift to Statera Foundation today.  Remember - your gifts will be matched by WomenArts up to $25,000.