Artists Gather for SWAN Day
Kane Hellweg is the Executive/Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle
Theater, a non-profit educational theater based in Holyoke,
Mass. Hellweg, named 2004 Artist-in-Residence of the Year
by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts in Education, has
directed, performed and taught educational theater extensively
throughout New York and New England. She’s received
numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,
and has taught professional development workshops for teachers
at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, the
History Institute at the University of Massachusetts, the
Institute for Teaching and Learning in New Haven, and the
Professional Development Institute in Boston, as well as
for many city-wide school systems in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Hellweg has been guest artist at Mount Holyoke College, and
taught numerous workshops at Amherst College, Smith College,
Hampshire College, Elms College, and Westfield State College.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Pan
Morigan is the artistic director of WaterMoonMusicWorks. She has
composed music and done vocal coaching for Chrysalis Theatre,
New Century Theatre, Enchanted Circle Theatre, and College
and University productions. She has studied Western European
classical music and the vocal traditions of India, Ireland,
Eastern Europe, and North Africa. In summer of 2004, she
toured Europe with Bobby McFarrin and Voicestra. She won
a New England Foundation Composer Grant in 2003 and a Massachusetts
Cultural Council Composer Fellowship in 2007.
Lesléa Newman is
the author of 55 books for adults and children including
the poetry collection Nobody's
Mother, the short story collection A Letter To Harvey
Milk, the novel The Reluctant Daughter, and
the children's book Heather Has Two Mommies. She
has received creative writing fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.
Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists.
Currently, Lesléa is the poet laureate of Northampton,
Ama Patterson, an attorney, legal editor and writer, has
authored wrology, divination and haiku for Peter
Pauper Press (White Plains, N.Y.). She studied fiction
writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and at
the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop
in Seattle. Her short fiction is included in the award-winning
anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction
from the African Diaspora, edited by Sherée Renée
Thomas, and in Drumvoices Revue: Voices of the Cities,
edited by Eugene B. Redmond.
Having exhibited her fabric work since 1988, Micala Sidore has a rich history of group and one-person exhibitions. She
presented a solo exhibition of selections from “Black
and White and Red All Over” in Lodz, Poland, in 1998
and was the featured weaver at the Connecticut Weavers Guild
Biennial Exhibit in 1999. She is a regular contributing writer
for multiple fiber arts publications and was a charter member
of the Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE). She has presented
lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Australia,
Austria, Canada, England, France, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand,
Poland, and Scotland since 1988.