Press Release for Tuesday, November 5, 2013
UNF Women’s Center Hosts 26th Annual Celebration of Women in the Arts
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
University of North Florida Women’s Center will host the 26th annual
Celebration of Women in the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Andrew A.
Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A. This event is free and open to the public.
This year’s theme is “Women, Rhythm
and Motion” and will
the unique talents of women in the local community, paying homage to the
creative imaginings of the 21st century woman and celebrating
feminism in its artistic form. The theater-style production will engage,
mentally stimulate and entertain the audience through cultural and visual arts.
Featured performers include UNF alumna
Allana Southerland, Bittersweet Studio’s Relavé Aerial Dance group and St.
Augustine artist Grace Bio. A dessert reception, including a chocolate
fountain, will follow the show.
Southerland is the saxophone
player/owner of The Fusion Band, which has entertained nationwide at weddings,
banquets, corporate events and festivals for more than 13 years. The band plays
variety, jazz as well as R&B music and was a headliner for the 2012
Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
Relavé Aerial Dance group, based in
Jacksonville, provides professional dance and aerial arts performances
throughout the state. The high energy, jaw-dropping acts are performed by a
diverse group of trained fitness and dance professionals.
Bio paints live art in front of
audiences, creating works of art within a certain space and time. She is the
art director/illustrator at Education through Entertainment & Arts Partnership,
the co-founder/resident artist at The Garage in St. Augustine and a visionary
at 8X10 Collective, a company founded by Bio and her brother and sister, who
are also artists.
Celebration of Women in the Arts is
the first program to be hosted by the UNF Women’s Center in 1987. Past
celebrations have included poetry readings, musical offerings, photographic
exhibitions, dance performances, theatrical performances, visual arts, wearable
art, book signings, film festivals and workshops.
For more information about Women,
Rhythm and Motion, contact India Powell, Women’s Center event coordinator, at
(904) 620-1128 or at
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