by Karen Krolak
Greetings from Chicago on a gorgeous afternoon. I am celebrating SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) day with one of my favorite female playwrights, Penny Penniston. (Psst...she is almost finished with her new book about how to write dialouges.) We just popped over to First Slice Cafe for some scrumptious soup and dined amidst an eclectic array of work by the LillStreet Potters.
Luckily, my agenda often overflows with exhibitions, plays, dances, concerts, and films created by idiosyncratic and expressive women. In fact, there's a rumor that my 3 year old niece has prepared a dance piece to show me this afternoon so I must run. However, if you are looking for ways to encourage women artists in your area, you can search for events here.
If you are anywhere near Cambridge, MA, I highly recommend that you check out the concert curated by Emily Beattie, a fabulous Boston based choreographer, at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (By the way, did you know that CMAC's Executive Director, Shelly Neill is also a glorious jazz voaclist? You can check her out on May 1.).
If you are wondering why it is important to recognize the impact of women in the arts today, perhaps you should consider this quote from Apollinaire Scherr's November 4, 2001 New York Times article, "In 2000, of 18 modern-dance choreographers who received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 13 were men. The men received a total of $200,000, with a typical grant of $10,000; the women received a total of $45,000, with a typical grant of $5,000."
Support Women Artists Now!
March 28, 2009 www.SwanDay.org