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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

(904) 620-2102

The 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 highlight 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 .


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.