Chicago Celebrates SWAN Day

Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day) is an annual international celebration of women’s arts and it was co-founded by Martha Richards of WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of FF2 Media in 2008. Twelve years later, SWAN Day is celebrated throughout the world, including Chicago. You can join the movemenet too by taking parts in any of these Chicago events:

Statera Arts:

EVENT: Virtual SWAN Day Party

DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019




EVENT: Unladylike: An Art Exhibition of Womanhood

DATE: March 31, 2019 from 1 PM – 4:30 PM


COST: $10 – $15

Come celebrate the closing of Women’s History Month with Unladylike: An Art Exhibition of Womanhood! What does unapologetic, carefree, unpoliced womanhood look like to you? This exhibition features 10+ Chicago artists answering that question with their artwork.

+ Observe women’s empowerment artwork from talented local artists

+ Enjoy live musical performances from an all-female lineup

+ Strike a pose and save your memories at our photobooth (with props!)

+ Snack on free light refreshments*

+ Enjoy (1) free wine ticket with entry (21+ ONLY)

VENUE: Firecat Projects, 2124 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647


EVENT: Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia) by Mina Samuels

DATE: April 2 – 7, 2019




EVENT: SWAN Day Chicago

DATE: April 6, 2019



Doors 5:30pm / Ends 9:30pm

Early Bird – $15

General Admission – $20

This is a 21+ event.

The SIXTH annual Swan Day Chicago will celebrate the dance performance expertise of Sobenna Worrill, Kenesha ‘MurdaMommy’, Christina Mighty, Starinah Dixon and Kia Smith. Indulge in an evening that uncovers the energy, grace, sensuality, spirituality and technicality that these women contribute to their respective genres of dance.

SWAN Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Rachel Gadson and Charne’ Graham have been curating SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Chicago events since 2014. We hope you can celebrate with us as we pay homage to the rich history of dance culture and how it strongly relates to powerful, black women!

Sounds will be by your favorite, DJ Gemini Jones.

Presented by and ILA, we’re committed to curating this annual event to assist in bringing more awareness to women in the arts in Chicago. This is also a charitable event, and a percentage of ticket sales will go toward South Chicago Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance arts organization on Chicago’s south side. In a city where arts programming for the youth is scarce and barely funded, SCDT makes a huge difference in sparking the creativity of Chicago’s youth.

VENUE: 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West Chicago, IL 60615


EVENT: sMOkeyTOWN with Andrea Prestinario


Thursday, Apr 11th: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Friday, Apr 12th: Beverly Arts Center

COST: Varies


EVENT: In Their Own Likeness and “In HER own Likeness” photos by Nancy Bechtol of Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick

DATE: April 13, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00pm




EVENT: Manifest Cabaret

DATE: April 15, 2019 from 7 PM – 10 PM


COST: $10

A cabaret to inspire change in the Chicago store-front community.


EVENT: ‘I AM…’ Fest: A celebration of Black Women in Arts and Leadership

DATES: April 27- 29th, 2019


Posted in Arts and Culture