Happy SWAN Day to everyone who participated this year! SWAN Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women's creativity. This year Statera Foundation was thrilled to partner with WomenArts in co-organizing SWAN Day. This successful partnership has been a complete joy and it has been a great fit for the Statera mission. Combining our organizational strength expands our reach and exemplifies the collaborative and grassroots nature of SWAN Day.
Yesterday was the official date for SWAN Day, but the party continues through the month of April. With 183 women-led events on the SWAN Day Calendar, there's more to celebrate! Today we'd like to share an open letter from WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards.
First of all, I want to wish all of you a very happy Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day!
And second, I want to thank you for persevering as artists. l know it isn’t easy, and I have tremendous respect for all of you who keep dreaming and creating in spite of all the obstacles. There were so many inspiring listings on the SWAN Calendar this year!
In these challenging times, SWAN Day reminds us that there are thousands of women artists all over the world who are working to heal the planet through their art. We had almost 200 SWAN events this year, and I encourage you to scroll through the lists at the bottom of this page of all the U.S. SWAN Events and the International SWAN Events from 11 different countries.
Although our SWAN Day 2018 list is long and diverse, it only includes a fraction of all the women artists in the world. Just think about how much creativity, energy, and power we have collectively! We are a tremendous positive force already, and we can be even stronger if we can find more ways to work together and get the resources we need. SWAN Day is a great first step because it gives all of us a chance to share our hopes and cheer each other on.
Please take some time to make a direct connection with at least one woman artist on SWAN Day. Talk to her in person, give her a call, write her a note, or send her a gift – do anything that shows that you appreciate her creativity. There is tremendous power in these simple acts of respect and recognition, and they provide models of the supportive attitudes and behavior that we want to spread around the world.
I want to say a special thank you to my partners at the Statera Foundation – especially their Creative Director, Sarah Greenman, who has managed all of the social media for SWAN Day 2018. It has been a joy to work with her, and we are already cooking up plans for next year. I am using her “Happy SWAN Day” image above as my Facebook profile picture today, and I invite you to do the same.
Thanks so much to all of you for making SWAN Day 2018 such a wonderful success. We encourage you to seek out the work of women artists on SWAN Day and every day. Together we will build a world where women artists get the respect they deserve.
Sending Lots of SWAN Love to All of You,
Martha Richards, Executive Director, WomenArts
On March 31, 2018, SWAN Day Houston honored WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards with the first ever SWAN Day Award for Achievement. Although Martha was not there in person to receive the award, this video was shared at the event. Martha speaks so beautifully about SWAN Day and the importance of this international holiday. Enjoy!
Martha Richards is the Executive Director of WomenArts, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing visibility and opportunities for women artists in all genres. Prior to WomanArts, Richards served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and as Managing Director of StageWest in Springfield, MA. A member of the California Bar, she was one of the founding directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.