Thursday, December 27, 2012

Calling Ohio artists to participate in SWAN Day Dayton on March 30th, 2013

Wanted: Writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and more!

Last year’s inaugural event was such a success that we are doing it again and we need performers and artists! On March 30th  2013, artists and community members will gather together at the Auditorium in the Dayton Metro Library Main Branch to celebrate female artists for SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: February 15th          
EVENT DATE:                   March 30th  2:00pm


SWAN Day Dayton Showcase: Saturday March 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm
SWAN Day Dayton visual artists’ work display throughout the library Feb- March 2013

Dayton Metro Library Main Branch
Auditorium on Second Floor
215 E. Third St.
Dayton Ohio, 45402


E-mail by February 15th, 2013

Subject line of e-mail should read: SUBMISSION: “Artist’s Name”:  “Title of Work”: “Genre”
                      Example: SUBMISSION: Emily Dickinson: Because I could not stop for Death: Poetry
Submissions must include:
1)         Your Art: 10 minute maximum. Preference will be given to pieces under 5 minutes. Please provide us with the actual material you plan to present on March 30th, not just a sample of your work.
2)         Bio: 75 words or less. (This bio will be used in the program if you work is selected for SWAN Day Dayton.)
3)         Contact information.
If your submission cannot be e-mailed, please contact to make other arrangements.

Deadline for Proposals            Feb. 15, 2013

Selected Artists Announced    March 1, 2013

Mandatory Rehearsal             March 30, 2013  11:00 am

Public Showcase                     March 30, 2013   2:00 pm


This is a “bring it yourself” showcase. We provide the venue and the publicity, but you are responsible for providing all elements of your project, including but not limited to readers, actors, costumes, props, and rehearsal space. Artists must arrive on March 30th with projects “production ready”. Please do not send scripts or writing samples if you are unable to provide people to read or perform your piece.
Selected artists are required to meet at 11:00am on Saturday March 30th to do a rehearsal of the production,  prior to the 2:00 pm show. The day of March 30th is the only time commitment to be involved in this showcase.

The show is free and open to the public. Unfortunately at this time, no artists or coordinators will be paid for their participation.

The proposed project must be created by women or feature women. However, SWAN Day Dayton values gender equality and recognizes the importance of female and male artists working together to create.  Pieces including male collaborators are encouraged.

Projects must be under 10 minutes, with preference given to pieces 5 minutes or less.

The stage is small and there is no wing space or fly space. There is little room for set pieces other than a table, chairs, podium, or stool (provided) and pieces that can easily be carried on and off by a performer.

Artists must be able to set up and clear their performances in very little time.

We are able to show films from DVDs and project PowerPoint presentations.

A novelist, poet, or essayist does not have to read her own work, but she is responsible for providing someone who will.

Artists will have the opportunity to sell their books and other art work at the event, but are solely responsible for all financial transactions.

SWAN Day Dayton is co-sponsored by the Dayton Metro Library.

Proposals may include but are not limited to:
* A short film
* Reading of an excerpt of a novel or essay
* Poetry reading
* Performance of a play
* Dance or movement pieces that can be done on a small stage
* Musical performances that can be done with limited equipment


Last year’s inaugural SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day event was such a success that we are doing it again!  This time we’ve partnered with the Dayton Metro Library to offer even greater exposure to our visual artists.  SWAN Day artists will have their work featured in the display cases found throughout the Main Branch library in February and March 2013.




E-mail by February 15th, 2013 (Preference strongly given to artists that submit early.)

Subject line of e-mail should read: SUBMISSION: “Artist’s Name”:  “Title of Work”: “Genre”
Example: SUBMISSION: Mary Cassatt: The Boating Party and Other Works: Impressionist Oil Paintings

Submissions must include:

1        Your Art: 3-10 jpg images of the work that you wish to showcase or a link to your website where photographs of your art are found, with an explanation of what type of pieces you plan to include in this particular show.

2        The minimum and maximum amount of space that will need to display your work, as well as whether your work will fit in a trophy style or a flat display case

3        Your availability on February 16th to come to the Dayton Metro Main Branch Library and set up your display and to take it down March 30th after SWAN Day Dayton

4    Bio: 75 words or less. (This bio will be used in the program if you work is selected for SWAN Day Dayton.)

   Contact information

If your submission cannot be e-mailed, please contact to make other arrangements.

Preferred Deadline for Proposals: Jan. 30, 2013

Final Deadline for Proposals: Feb. 15, 2013
Selected Visual Artists Announced: Feb. 16, 2013 or sooner
SWAN Day Artwork in Display Cases: Feb. 16 –March 2013
Public Performance Showcase: March 30, 2013   2:00 pm

Remove Art from Display Cases: March 30th, 2013 5pm- 6pm


Based on the quantity, quality and style of visual art submissions and at the discretion of the SWAN Day selection committee and producers, SWAN Day Dayton may also include tables and easels at the back of the auditorium featuring the work of visual artists on March 30th  at the performing artists showcase in addition to the display cases of visual art throughout the library during February and March.

SWAN Day Dayton has a number of display cases in a variety of dimensions to fill with the work of a variety of artists. The earlier you submit and the more detailed you are about your display needs, the more likely you are to be selected.  Because of the tight timeline and planning involved, visual artists may be chosen and notified before the deadline.

Each display case is locked, with the key held by a single Dayton Metro Library employee.

Each display case is lit with florescent bulbs.

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is a new international holiday that celebrates women artists.  It is an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of March (Women’s History Month) and the surrounding weeks. The official date of the Sixth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 30th, 2013.

By focusing attention on the work of women artists, SWAN Day helps people imagine what the world might be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives.
People celebrate this new holiday by participating in SWAN Day events and by making donations to their favorite women artists. The long term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities around the world to find new ways to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning.

There have been over 900 SWAN Day events in 23 countries in the first five years of SWAN Day. SWAN Day has been officially recognized by the mayors of New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and several other cities. Women artists at all levels have been proud to participate in SWAN Day.  Isabel Allende, the award-winning novelist; Sandra Oh, a star of the hit television show ER and an acclaimed stage actress; and Famke Janssen, star of the X-Men movies, have all done online video endorsements of SWAN Day.

SWAN Day is facilitated by WomenArts (, a non-profit arts service organization which is dedicated to helping women artists get the resources they need to do their creative work.  Over the past decade WomenArts has raised over $4 million and built a website at that offers networking, fundraising and advocacy services to over 500,000 visitors a year.

To learn more about this international grassroots movement, please visit:


Playwright Stacey Lane’s scripts have been performed at over three hundred theatres from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand and are published with Dramatic Publishing, Eldridge, Playscripts Inc., Pioneer, Smith and Kraus, Heuer, Next Stage Press, Manhattan Theatre Source, JAC Publishing, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, Sterling, Freshwater, Poydras Review, The Quotable, Indian Ink, Canyon Voices, Steel Bananas and Scene4.  She is the recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Grant, the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District’s Literary Artist Fellowship, a “Charlie Award”, and a nominee for “Outstanding Playwriting” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Lane has also served professionally in the theatre as an actor, costume designer, teacher, stage manager, run crew, and box office. In addition to producing Ohio’s inaugural SWAN Day last year, she organized and emceed the Greene Children’s Book Festival at the Greene Mall in Beavercreek, Ohio.

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Dara Cosby is a graduate of Wright State University’s Motion Picture program.  She has written reviews for film and television. Some recent work has been as a casting assistant on the feature film, True Nature and script supervisor for FreshMouth 2020. Dara has also obtained a master’s degree in Community Counseling from University of Dayton, in hopes to use film and media to help others.


SWAN Day Dayton and it’s producers are delighted to join forces with the Dayton Metro Library and wish to extend our deepest appreciation to the library and Joy Schwab of Main Adult Services for supporting Ohio female artists. The Dayton Metro Library is a county-wide system of 20 branch libraries, Outreach Services and the Main Library in downtown Dayton. They are one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, and are proud to say they rank among the best in the nation!  The library offers the newest books, movies, and music, adding more than 250,000 items a year. Along with the latest and most popular titles, the library stocks classics and research materials.
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