Celebration of Women in the Arts
The annual Celebration of Women in the Arts showcases women’s talents and contributions to the arts. Celebration of Women in the Arts is the first program to be hosted by the UNF Women’s Center, and has now been presented for 29 continuous years. The foundation for Celebration of Women in the Arts was laid in 1987 and has grown significantly since then.
Celebrations from past years have included poetry readings, musical offerings, photographic exhibitions, dance performances, theatrical performances, visual arts, wearable art, book signings, film festivals and workshops. The 1990 Celebration of Women in the Arts program showcased various art forms including poetry readings, dance, musical performances and visual arts. Dance Bridge performed the musical “Cinderella a Tale of Survival" in 1995. It was written by feminist, composer and poet, Ferron and directed by Krissy Keefer. In 2010, ZapStar, featuring Rebecca Zapen, treated the audience to a musical performance. The 2011 Celebration of Women in the Arts featured musical performances and vocalists by the UNF Jazz Combo, Azschrielle Jackson and Wink "n" a Smile. "Rena J Experience" and "Hard to Handle All Girl Band" performed at the Nov. 16, 2011, Celebration of Women in the Arts. In 2014, the annual event was hosted by spoken-word artist Georgia M.E. and featured an African dance by the UNF African Student Association, a musical performance by the Hard to Handle Band, a Tahitian dance by Tahiti Tamure and aerial dance by Bittersweet Studios. Other special guests from past years have included jazz musician Allana Southerland and The Fusion Bank, local artist Grace Bio, soloist Lindy Whitfield, step dancing by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Bollywood by the Osprey South Asian Association and the aerial and pole performers from Bittersweet Studios.
Past Performers, Presenters and Works of Art include:
Allana Southerland and the Fusion Band
UNF Jazz Combo
Wink "n" a Smile
Louise Freshman Brown
UNF Modern Jazz Classes
Women Rock the Road
Women’s Chamber Group, Camerata pro Feminita
The Moving Company of Facinatin’ Rhythm
Charlotte Mabrey and Lee Fagan
Heartworks Gallery Artists
Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Arts
Marimba – “Memories of the Seashore”
“Song of the Elders”
The Women of the Calabash
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
“Cinderella a Tale of Survival”
Celebration of Women in the Arts is a free event that takes place during fall semester.