Saturday, May 31, 2014

Black Women's Arts Festival News May/June 2014

Black Women's Arts Festival News

May/June 2014


CONTENTS:


  1. LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  2. NEXT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED – BWAF PHILLY 2015

  3. UPDATE RE: BWAF OMAHA

  4. UPDATE RE: BWAF DC

  5. FORTHCOMING FESTIVAL(S) ANNOUNCED – BWAF NOLA 2016

  6. NEW SERVICE OF BWAF - THE WOMEN'S WRITING & SPOKEN WORD SERIES

  7. HOW TO DONATE

  8. CONTACT US




    1) LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Greetings, friends and supporters!

Hopefully this message finds you well, healthy, and always moving towards better things for self and others.

This newsletter is chock full of exciting news about the latest developments of the Black Women's Arts Festival.

One thing that will differ from the previous newsletter in March (http://yhoo.it/1u2Nf5V) is that the updates are only what has been confirmed, with nothing about what's in the works. We've learned it's best to wait until the book is closed on certain deals before mentioning them mid-stream.

It's exciting to see that not only is the Black Women's Arts Festival up and running again, but it's doing so in and outside of Philadelphia, and is expanding beyond that prorgam into one other beloved and acclaimed community arts initiative.

We look forward to working with some of you in the very near future and in the meantime, stay create!


In art and community,


Cassendre Xavier

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003)



    2) NEXT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED – BWAF PHILLY 2015

We are very excited to announce that Philadelphia's 9th Black Women's Arts Festival will return to our primary and long-time venue, The Rotunda (www.TheRotunda.org), in 2014. We (BWAF and Gina Renzi, director of The Rotunda), began the usual planning weeks ago, including setting the dates, and will release information about submissions and advertising and vending opportunity when the time is right. Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience, and we encourage donations to continue to grow the good work!


    3) UPDATE RE: BWAF OMAHA

We apologize for announcing prematurely the positive results of negotiations with our BWAF Philly contact(s) currently based in Omaha, Nebraska. We were hopeful and expectant, but unfortunately the time is not right for us at this time. We appreciate your interest and our Omaha/Lincoln connections and trust that should an opportunity to join our talents occur again, we will be happy to explore!


    4) UPDATE RE: BWAF DC

After weeks of negotiation, we were not able to finalize plans for a BWAF in Washington DC, so such plans are on hold at this time. It is highly likely that will happen in less than 5 years, but for now, we are focusing on other BWAFs that are securely being managed by BWAF organizers and confirmed venues. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned!


    5) FORTHCOMING FESTIVAL(S) ANNOUNCED – BWAF NOLA 2016

We are extremely thrilled and honored to inform you all that New Orleans', Louisiana's (NOLA) 1st Black Women's Arts Festival is scheduled to occur in the year 2016, with production beginning in early 2015. We are thrilled because a) this will be the first out-of-state BWAF, b) it will be in such a perfect city for this type of event, given its rich heritage of African-American arts and culture, and c) it will be led mostly by former BWAF Philly Producer (2004), Co-organizer (2005 & 2007), and Creative Director (2008-2009) Monica McIntyre! An acclaimed and beloved cellist, composer, vocalist, and lyricist, Monica moved from Philadelphia to New Orleans a few years ago and has had a steadily increasing fan-base as both a solo artist and member of the group The Honeypots. There will be more updates about this as soon as we have them, but for now, Monica's focusing on her music career and will not be available to discuss nor work on BWAF NOLA 2016 until early 2015. So, do contact her, but only to support her music or non BWAF-related work, please. Thank you for your kindness in this matter!


    6) NEW SERVICE OF BWAF - THE WOMEN'S WRITING & SPOKEN WORD SERIES

Because the Black Women's Arts Festival was on hiatus, we are doing what we can to revitalize our presence in Philly's arts community. And, since the next BWAF won't happen until 2015, with production beginning a few months ago, we decided we needed to bring you something fresh and exciting in the meantime. Enter the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series http://bit.ly/1mZZVIl! A Cassendre Xavier Enterprise founded in 2002, the Series, “a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing,” will now operate as a service of the Black Women's Arts Festival.

If you click on the link above, you will notice that the Series is open to all women, and we seek as much diversity as possible. In collaboration with our nonprofit sponsor, Moonstone Inc., we have confirmed one venue in South Philadelphia, and have negoatiated with another in Mt. Airy. We look forward to announcing the next featured readers and venues of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series, which you can visit anytime at http://www.WomensWritingSeries.org. You can also donate to the Series by donating to the Black Women's Arts Festival. Very exciting!


    7) HOW TO DONATE

Since 2010, the Black Women's Arts Festival operates as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Moonstone, Inc., a community arts and education organization founded in 1983. Regardless of how you donate, whether via Paypal, personal check, or an online crowdsourcing/fundraising website, your donation is fully tax-deductable as allowed by law.


a) You can donate by Paypal at our donation link: http://bit.ly/1hKWWhX

b) You can send a check or money order made PAYABLE TO: “MOONSTONE – BWAF”, and mail it to:

C. Xavier - BWAF Philly

c/o Bindlestiff Bookstore

4530 Baltimore Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705

Please include your email address for a tax receipt you will receive within 2 weeks of our receiving your donation.


Thank you so much for supporting the dream of the Black Women's Arts Festival! As a nonprofit organization, your donations allow us to meet our budgets for everything from office rentals and equipment to much need advertising and promotions and beyond.

Thank you for your support!



    8) CONTACT US

We are hand-picking volunteer organizers and unpaid interns, and we are not accepting artist submissions nor requests for information about vending or advertising opportunities at this time. However, we are happy to receive press inquiries and opportunities to network with businesses and organizations of various kinds and sizes.

This will change over time, but we appreciate your patience for now.

Do get in touch if you feel we could help your business or organization in some way, or vice verse. The best way to get in touch with us is by email: BWAFphilly [at] yahoo [dot] com.


Thank you for your interest in the Black Women's Arts Festival!


Visit us online at http://BWAFphilly.org

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BWAFPhilly



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