2nd Annual ISIS: Women Arts Festival

When: Saturday, May 1, 2010

7:30 pm – doors open for Visual Art Exhibit

8 pm – Performance

Where: UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre

3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Admission: $12 General, $10 Students/Seniors

ISIS: Women Arts Festival is Seattle’s only all-female, arts-centered, community-building event, honoring the international holiday SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now). Sponsored by Steel Grace Dance/Jah Breeze Rhythms and the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Center, with easels generously donated by the UW School of Art, this year’s event features grassroots female artists from all walks of life. More than twenty women, representing Iran, Mexico, Taiwan, India, Korea, and the USA, will express themselves through such mediums as painting, sculpture, modern dance, original music, Butoh, bellydance, video, spoken word, and even two all-girls steel drum ensembles.

ISIS: Women Arts Festival is about creating networks of female artists who can support, encourage, and empower one another. One of the goals of ISIS is to give opportunities to artists who do not often get a chance to showcase their work, either because their work does not follow the current aesthetic trends, or because they are of a race, ethnicity, or country of origin that intimidates or scares others. With ISIS, we aim to create an environment where each woman feels safe and supported to share her work. We are reaching toward “ISIS:” balance, homeostasis, an even-ing of the art world’s playing field. This even-ing will prove to be not only a unique glimpse into the creative psyche of Seattle’s female artists, but also a chance for you as art-supporters to create lasting networks for change and empowerment.

ISIS features: Nasrin Afrouz (visual), Ines Andrade (dance), Daya Bonnie Astor (visual), Bahar Bellydance, Ameliorator (dance/spoken word/music), Diana Garcia-Snyder with Sean Stephen Hopps (dance/music), Chela Grey and Dancers, Kait Heacock (spoken word), Amaranta Ibarra (visual), Sheeba Jacob (music), Joyce Liao (dance), Dahe Kim (visual), Julie Luke (visual), Garima Naredi (visual), Serrah Russell (visual), South Shore Girls Steel Pan Ensemble and Rainbow Girls Steel Pans (music), Steel Grace Dance (dance/music), Nitya Venkateswaran (dance), and Vanessa Williams (video).

Support Women Artists Now on May 1, 2010 at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre!

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