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   Date: 3/27/09 Bookmark and Share

Women Artists Gather at Smith for SWAN Day

Five women artists in a range of genres will gather at Smith on Saturday, March 28, to present their works and discuss their lives as female artists in celebration of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an international holiday on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month.

The event, titled “In It for the Long Haul,” will include presentations by each artist followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Andrea Hairston, professor of theater, who is coordinating the event. Free and open to the public, it will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts room 207. 

Presenters are: Priscilla K. Hellweg, artistic director of Enchanted Circle Theatre; Lesléa Newman, novelist and Poet Laureate of Northampton; Pan Morigan, musical director of Chrysalis Theatre and WaterMoon Music; Ama Patterson, poet and short story writer; and Micala Sidore, weaver.

The women will share their art through musical and theatrical performances, poetry and short story readings, and displays of tapestries. The presenters will then discuss their commitment to a life of art in both good and difficult times, analyze strategies for building a career as an artist, and share memorable moments from their lives in the arts.

SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards, of The Fund for Women Artists, and Jan Lisa Huttner, of Chicago's WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now).

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