SWAN = Support Women Artists Now

Sarah Greenman
Posted March 11, 2019 from United States
Support Women Artists Now Day is March 30, 2019!
SWAN Day organizers at the StateraArts International Conference on gender balance in the arts in October 2018.

StateraArts is a non-profit in the U.S. taking positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the arts. And March is our favorite month of the year! Why? Not only is it Women's History Month and International Women's Day, but we also celebrate International SWAN Day!

As part of our ongoing efforts to increase the visibility of women artists, StateraArts puts the spotlight on women artists every March and April through Support Women Artists Now Day. The 12th Annual SWAN Day, which happens this year on March 30th, is an international celebration of women’s creativity and gender parity activism. There have been over 1,900 SWAN Day events in 36 countries in the first 11 years of this new holiday.  Women led art exhibits, concerts, art festivals, readings, slam poetry jams, dance recitals, public art installations, and more are part of SWAN Day celebrations. This year's events are already underway and you're invited to join us! 

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Visit our SWAN Day Calendar to find a SWAN Day event near you!
  • Host your own SWAN Day event and add it to the official SWAN Day Calendar. 
  • If you're an educator, introduce your students to women artists from all genres.
  • Donate to your favorite women artists – If you love seeing the work of a particular woman artist, send her a check on SWAN Day or give to her crowd-sourcing campaign to help her make more art.
  • Join the #SWANSunday Social Media Campaign for Women Artists. Every Sunday, chose a woman artists and amplify her work on social media. Let's flood social media with the work of women artists!
  • Join StateraArts on March 30th for a live Virtual SWAN Party via Facebook! We’ll have live updates from SWAN gatherings across the country, plus photos, interviews, and more!

Some notable and established SWAN Day events:



*A note on inclusion at StateraArts:

Women: Statera recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We serve and welcome anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also serve and welcome those who identify as non-binary. 

Intersectionality: StateraArts works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, parental status, size, age, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all. 



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Jill Langhus
Mar 12, 2019
Mar 12, 2019

Hi Sarah,

Welcome to the World Pulse community:-) Thanks so much for sharing your photo, video and post about SWAN day. I've never heard of it before! What a great program and initiative. There are quite a few World Pulse sisters that are artists and would be interested in this. I'm following your organization on FB and Twitter now, too. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

Hello, Sarah,

What a great idea of support women artists! Thank you for sharinf about SWAN.

Welcome to World Pulse!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

Hi Sarah
Welcome to World Pulse. You have such lovely events lined up. Please post updates for us to follow.
Stay blesssed

J Brenda Lanyero
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

Hello Sarah,
This is really great and it is a great idea too. Thank you for sharing.

Raquel Daniel
May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

Thank you for sharing your story!