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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 over 30 continuous years. The foundation for Celebration of Women in the Arts was laid in 1987 and has grown significantly since then. Celebration of Women in the Arts is a free event that takes place during fall semester.


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.    


Other past performers, presenters and works of art include:

Pat Brown

Debbie Leifer

The artwork of Louise Freshman Brown

Kalliope Writers

UNF Modern Jazz Classes

Women Rock the Road

Women’s Chamber Group, Camerata pro Feminita 

“Waking Up”

The Moving Company of Facinatin’ Rhythm

Charlotte Mabrey and Lee Fagan 

Body Arts

Heartworks Gallery Artists

Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Arts

Marimba – “Memories of the Seashore”

“Song of the Elders”

The Women of the Calabash

“Wooden Music”

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts