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today's org: geena davis institute on gender media

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender Media seeks to improve gender portrayals in children’s media.  It works with entertainment creators and companies on the need to increase the number of girls and women in media aimed at children and to reduce stereotyping of both males and females.  The Institute’s work is based on the largest research project ever undertaken in children’s entertainment.  A 2008 inaugural conference on children and gender in film and television helped the non-profit board crystalize their future direction. 



from our perspective: a national women's art exhibition

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

The gift of the artist is the way she gives us the opportunity to experience and reflect upon the world around us from a novel and unconventional perspective. Within their chosen medium, today’s women artists continue to share their unique viewpoint on the material, personal, global, political, and cultural landscapes that surround us. This exhibition commits to giving women artists a forum in which to share their singular position and outlook on the inner and outer worlds we all share.

The Womencenter’s national annual women’s juried art show, From Our Perspective: A National Women’s Art Exhibition, will be held September 17 – October 9, 2009 in the Smith Theatre Gallery at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The event is a juried exhibit featuring two- and three-dimensional works of art and is open to all women artists nationwide. Recent original works only. All media (excluding video and performance). All entries must be submitted online at http://www.oaklandcc.edu/womencenter. There are purchase and cash awards.

To view and print the 2009 entry brochure, please click here.

To submit your entries for the 2009 Art Exhibit by July 31, 2009, please click here.

Susan Goethel Campbell, our 2008 juror, had this to say about the show:

“The process of selecting work for this exhibition was a great opportunity for me to view multiple perspectives by women artists across the country. I spent a good deal of time reviewing the submissions and examining the technical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of all the work and chose to highlight several of them for this exhibition. These themes include ideas about the body, identity and loss. In addition, I selected work that underscored for me a love of process and creating. Several of these works employed
non-traditional materials such as sugar, crochet and q-tips allowing for new associations to be made with the everyday.”

View a slideshow of the 2008 exhibit. NEW!

View a slideshow of the 2007 exhibit.

View a slideshow of the artwork displayed in the 2006 exhibit.

View a slideshow of some of the artwork displayed in the 2005 exhibit. You will need flash player to view the slideshow.

For more information on From Our Perspective, or to be placed on the mailing list, call (248) 522-3642 or email womenart@oaklandcc.edu

getting in touch with your inner beauty

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

Teresa Mears of the Miami Herald wrote the below excellent article on How to get in touch with your inner beauty, posted on Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2009:

Presented with patients who were suffering from emotional problems and thought liposuction was the answer, or stunningly beautiful women who felt ugly inside, psychiatrist Dr. Eva Ritvo of Miami and
dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman of Beverly Hills started thinking about the connections among physical beauty, health and self-esteem. They came up with The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful (McGraw Hill, $24.95)
http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Prescription-Complete-Formula-Beautiful/dp/0071547630/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246364928&sr=8-1. They advise women on how to make the best of all their assets — physical, emotional and cosmetic — to be as beautiful as they can be, inside and out.

We discussed the psychology of beauty with Ritvo, who is vice chair and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, where she also has an appointment in dermatology. She is also chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Her answers have been edited for space. You can find more details about the brain-beauty-body connection at http://www.thebeautyprescription.com.

Q: Why does beauty matter?

A: The things that we call beauty now I believe are really things that told our ancestors which genes would get to the next generation. I believe that beauty is really just a marker of health and fertility and vitality. And that’s our concept of the book: a redefinition of beauty, that it’s not a surface quality. It’s important to our species and it’s a worthwhile goal, but it cannot be the one dimension that we see with the air-brushed, retouched magazine photos.

Q: How beautiful do you have to be?

A: We believe that every woman is beautiful and that every man is handsome. But it’s up to the individual to do what it takes to preserve that beauty as you get older and also to enhance that, because we live in a very visual and a very competitive society. Since people do make rapid judgments, it does help to be your most beautiful.

Q: What’s the importance of inner beauty?

A: Inner beauty, to me as a mental health professional, is what it’s all about. Part of the way this book came about was Dr. Debra and I comparing notes. She would have these women going through crises, going through divorce, going through cancer and they’d come to here and say fix that wrinkle, put this Botox. Then I would have these stunningly beautiful models that just look perfect here on South Beach and yet they felt awful inside. Our concept was to try to help women from both angles. Yes, it’s great to have Botox and your fillers and look fabulous. But if you don’t have that inner beauty, that inner confidence, that inner strength going with it, your life’s not going to go anywhere.

Q: How do you develop inner beauty?

A: Inner beauty is something that comes to us in childhood when we have positive experiences as we’re growing. For many people it’s not that simple. As they reach adulthood, they may find there are holes in their inner beauty, that they don’t feel as confident as they should. We start out by telling every woman she’s 20 percent more beautiful than she thinks. Inner beauty can come from people giving you positive feedback and you giving yourself positive feedback. And that’s best done when you recognize your own strengths and weaknesses.

Q:If you have inner beauty, why do you need Botox or plastic surgery?

A: Nobody needs Botox or plastic surgery. Everybody out there is a social human being. We naturally feel good when people respond positively to us. That’s why people do it. Because we’re visual. We do make snap decisions. If you can walk into a room and light up a room without Botox and fillers, go girl. On the other hand, it is a little bit easier to light up a room when you can also get people to respond to you visually. What we’re very much against is plastic surgery, Botox, fillers for the wrong reasons.

Q: Why does outer beauty seem to be so important here?

A: Beauty is a competitive business. If you’re the one woman standing, you look good to every guy. Once there are two, your odds go down. Once you get into a community like Miami, it is vicious. Travel & Leisure just voted us the No. 1 city for attractiveness. In all the major cities, where the competition is fierce, beauty is a currency. You’re going to have more beautiful people in your big cities, particularly your cities that are visual. You’ve got Miami, you’ve got Los Angeles, because of Hollywood. You’ve got New York, which is very international. In Boston, they compete more intellectually, so beauty is not as important a commodity in that that city. I also think that people here inspire each other. You walk around and you see all these beautiful women and you say, “Oh, my god, I’ve got to go to the gym.”

Q: What happens when you reach a certain age, and things don’t stay where you want them to anymore?

A: As we leave those fertile years, we cannot do [nothing] and still look beautiful. So what we have to do is we have to trick people into thinking, hey we’re still strong, we’re still vital, we’re still fertile. So if you look at women that are older that are considered beautiful, these are powerful strong, vibrant women.

That starts with health. You MUST eat properly, you MUST sleep properly, you MUST exercise if you want to be beautiful as you get older. Women who stay healthy can look sexy, beautiful and hot for a long time.

Q: Why don’t young women think they’re beautiful?

A: It’s very hard to have that inner beauty. And when you talked about women getting older and outer beauty frays, here’s the good news: inner beauty soars. Women who are older, who’ve done more, who have confidence, who know who they are, they are the most beautiful women because their inner beauty is soaring.

art whino's heavy hitterz

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 at 9:13 am

Heavy Hitterz, an annual group art show that features emerging artists from the lowbrow and graffiti art scene, is heading to Art Whino Gallery in the Washington DC Area for a July 25 opening.

Presented by gaNyan, Art Whino, and fabric8, this third annual showcase of emerging artists will feature 60+ international painters and illustrators from around the globe including Josh Taylor, Angrywoebots, MUNKONE, Ursula Xanthe Young, Estria, Phoneticontrol, and Stuter.

The concept for the show was first developed and executed in 2007 by curator gaNyan, who wanted to bring together the up-and-coming artists he admired in the character-based and underground art world. It debuted at Age Song Gallery in San Francisco with over 80 participants and much acclaim. In 2008, Heavy Hitterz Manila was presented in the Philippines at Pablo Gallery, complete with a block party featuring live painting and DJs in the streets.

For its third installation, gaNyan teams up with Art Whino and long-time collaborators fabric8 to bring Heavy Hitterz Maryland. All three have been long committed to the street art scene and are excited to join forces from West Coast to East.

Saturday, July 25th, from 6pm – Midnight

173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

Show end date: Aug 15th

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Participating Artists:
Adrian Roman
Alice Koswara
Alli Good
Andre Simayan
Angry Woebots
Chase “Cachi” Moreau
Chris Granillo
Guy Mckinley
Dan Fleres
Daniel Goffin
Gem Mateo
Ian Hill
Jason Coe
Joey Potts
John Felix Arnold III
Josh Lawyer
Josh Taylor
Joshua Herbolsheimer
Krayola Eater
King 157
Liz Corbett
Luis Lorenzana
Matt Cipov
Matt Linares
Max Kauffman
Megan Kimber
Minette Manghas
Mr. Penfold
Munk One
Pablo Cristi
Pancho Abalos
Rey Ortega
Robert Bowen
Sam Ramos
Seamo One
Sjors trimbach
Ursula Xanthe Young

cagw fall 09 workshop schedule for arts management

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 at 8:39 am

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington is offering some timely fall workshops in arts management.

Arts Management Workshop
Bylaws, Ancient History or Living Document
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Goethe Institut
812 Seventh St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

$25 CAGW Member and Dance/MetroDC
$50 Non-Member
Registration is required. Click here to register

Continental breakfast provided by Geppetto Catering

Presenters: Pat Peyser, The Catalyst Group and Peter Wolk, Esq.

Bylaws are the governing document of your organization outlining purpose, selection of members and how the organization is to be managed. They set the foundation for policies and procedures of the organization and the basic structure and abilities of the board. And, most important, bylaws are legal documents. If your organization is thinking about conducting a bylaw review, then this workshop is a great start. Topics include “Reasons for Change,” “How to Conduct Bylaw Review,” “Developing & Revising Bylaws,” and “Adopting Revised Bylaws.”

NAMP. Marketing. The Tools of the Trade.
Stretching Your Marketing Dollar to the Max!
Thursday, September 16, 2009

2001 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

$25 CAGW Member and Dance/MetroDC
$45 Non-Member
Registration is required. Click here to register

Continental breakfast provided by Geppetto Catering

Moderator: Nan Kyle Ficca, Vice President, CFO, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

Cyndi Bohlin, Communications & Marketing Manager, The Textile Museum Orit Tamir Chaflawee, Marketing & PR Manager, Joy of Motion
Rebecca Ende, Director of Marketing and Communications, Theater J

One of the biggest myths in marketing is you must have a big budget in order to be successful. This workshop will tap into your creativity and present simple and effective strategies for extending your marketing reach with a shrinking marketing budget. Participants will learn how to create a community-wide buzz without breaking the budget as they explore innovative ways to stretch their marketing dollar. Get your ideas bubbling learning day to day techniques from a panel of your peers in a dynamic participatory discussion.

Arts Management Workshop:
Troublesome Board Members?
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Center for Nonprofit Advancement
1666 K Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006

$45 CAGW Member
$75 Non-Member
Registration is required. Click here to register

This workshop is limited to Board Members and Executive Directors. Registration includes publication, Taming the Troublesome Board Member by Katha Kissman

Presenter: Katha Kissman, BoardSource senior governance consultant

How do you talk to a Board member who can’t make meetings on time? What about the Board member who thinks she/he’s always right? Addressing difficult boardroom behavior in a timely manner can make all the difference in a functioning Board. This workshop will focus on how to manage board members who are unprepared, micromanaging, deviating from mission, serving personal interests, suffering from founder’s syndrome and more!

Arts Management Workshop – Human Resources Series:
Conflict Resolution in the Workforce
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

$25 CAGW Member
$45 Non-Member
Registration is required. Click here to register

This workshop is limited to 15 participants, for HR Specialists and Executive Directors. Continental breakfast provided by Geppetto Catering.

Presenter: Kelly Bowling, Organization Development Consultant, Kaiser Permanente, and Business Volunteer for the Arts

Today’s workplace environments must enable people to thrive. However, teamwork environments create more conflict as people with different opinions must choose to work together, often in close quarters. If disagreements and differences of opinion escalate into interpersonal conflict, organization leaders must intervene immediately. Not intervening is not an option if you value your organization and your positive culture. In conflict-ridden situations, your mediation skill and interventions are critical. This workshop will focus on how to deliver and implement workplace conflict resolution strategies and tools.

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utrecht's 60th anniversary art competition

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Utrecht Art Supplies invites YOU to submit your best work in the mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media.  Grand Prize winner receives a $3,000 cash award.  Top three winners in each category will be awarded a Utrecht ArtSmart Gift Card.  No entry fee, juried by American Artist with an entry deadline date of 9/1/09.  Submit entries here.  Visit Utrecht for more details. 


featured artist: adrienne moumin's hand-printed silver gelatins

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Adrienne Moumin has some very exciting hand-printed silver gelatin photographs and unique photo collages in her Picturexhibit Studio Gallery in Silver Spring, MD.  Most feature architectural landmarks from New York City and DC.  This exacting artist has been working with black & whites for well over 15 years.  She’s involved in Artomatic 09 and in a group meet-up for collage and assemblage artists.  Adrienne recently took one of my art journaling classes and we exchanged information.  When I went to go check out her site, this is part of what I found.  Just beautiful. 

Wall Detail 2 (Starrett-Lehigh)





today's organization: the women's media center

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 at 10:34 am

The Women’s Media Center (Making Women Visible and Powerful in the Media) is headquartered in New York City.  Four major programs include:

Sexism Sells (But We’re Not Buying It); Progressive Women’s Voices; Unspinning the Spin; and Women in Entertainment. 

Basically, the WMC (founded in 2005) works to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard.  They have a media advocacy campaign, they create their own media, and they train women to participate directly in the media.  A great list of statistics of women in various media forms is found here (did you know women only hold 3% of positions of clout in mainstream media – or that women outnumber the 95.9 million men online (April 2009)?  The Women’s Media Center blog is found here


featured artist: edith graciela sanabria

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Edith Graciela Sanabria is a multi-talented artist: a painter, jewelry designer, writer of poetry and photographer.  She is a native of Bolivia and is an inspiring poet. Grace Press published her first book of poetry, “Latin American Soul”.  In 1997, Her poems were translated and published in Brazil, Europe and India.  Edith is currently working on a joint project marrying her works to those of her mother’s in a dual-language art and poetry book.

She is a proud member of many art organizations and poetry groups in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. She has a high degree of interest in women’s issues, women’s adaptation to life events (death, birth, marriage, divorce) and she is actively looking for collaborations and partnerships.  Edith has exhibited her paintings at the following organizations:  

The Art Club of Washington 

The Martin Luther King Library

The Pan-American Health Organization

The InterAmerican Development Bank

The Organization of American States

The Lutheran Church of Washington, DC

The Art league of Alexandria, Virginia located in the Torpedo Factory

Empowered Women International

The Lee Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia

Border Books in Pentagon City, Virginia.

Her art was featured in the Washington Post, Alexandria Gazette, El Tiempo Latino, El Pregonero, and the Washington Hispanic Newspaper.  She also recorded videos with Channel 5 and Comcast.

malia: you don't NEED a beauty basket

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm

As further evidence of some of the antics retailers are entertaining to attract younger audiences, read this disturbing article about a recent gift basket sent to Malia Obama for her upcoming July 4th birthday.  Malia, listen to us, child.  You’re beautiful where it counts and where it doesn’t.  We take issue with this author’s assertion that Malia would “enjoy” such a gift.  We think she has more than enough to manage without the added cultural beauty pressure.  My Lord, Take a Whiff deodorant and No Scary Hairy?  What messages do these products SEND to a very young woman?

Malia Obama working a patterned cardi just like mom. Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images

Online retailer Best in Beauty (which specializes in non-toxic and hypoallergenic products) sent a highly publicized gift basket to Malia Obama for her upcoming birthday (which falls on Independence Day — how patriotic!). 

The teen’s gift included products from a variety of Best in Beauty retailers: 

  • Pristine Beauty™ Vanity Tray – Includes Hooray for Brallywood Butta®, Take A Whiff!® deodorant and No Scary Hairy™ $85.00
  • Occomeia Organic Foaming Cleanser $25.00
  • Solay Wellness’ Persian Rock Salt Lamp $65.00
  • Purifying Lavender Body Bar Soap from Solay Wellness $6.95
  • Dropwise Essentials’ Luscious Lime and Orange Dream Organic Aromatherapy Lip Balm $6.50 each ($13.00) Dropwise Essentials’ Refresh and Inspiration Gentle Cleansing Body Wash $9.50 each ($19.00)
  • Dropwise Essentials’ Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion $12.50 each ($25.00)
  • Dropwise Aromatic Mister Room & Body Spray $12.50 each ($25.00)
  • Ecco Bella Good For You Gloss (Color: Peace) $15.95

For $354.20, the website will ship all of the products and more to you direct from each retailer–basket not included. Though the White House frowns upon companies using the first family’s name to get press, I happen to think Malia might enjoy a basket full of beauty goodies. 

Now, whether the Secret Service will let an unsolicited package anywhere near the first daughter is another question.