Supporting Female Artists Year Round


By: Sarah Marczynski

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Every March, organizations post on social media about female composers, female artists, female conductors, etc. March is Women’s History Month, so those posts are definitely timely and appropriate.  But, we should be highlighting and celebrating and supporting female artists year round, not just in one month. (Yes, this same argument goes for highlighting and celebrating and performing African American artists not just in February and Hispanic artists not just in October, and so on and so on).

Supporting Female Artists Year Round
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Devra Thomas at The Clyde Fitch Report published a February, 2016 article called “5o Ways to Support Female Artists” which offers advice on how to show the female artists in your life some love.  Tips vary across five categories and include things like:

  • Go to their performances/exhibits/recitals
  • Give them uninterrupted time and space (mental and physical) to make art
  • Create a kid positive culture in your organization
  • Advocate for gender parity (#preach)
  • Give honest feedback on the art only if asked; otherwise, simply bolster the accomplishment of putting the art out for the world to see

Thomas writes this list for people to support female artists, but really, insert any adjective before “artist” and it’s equally as applicable.  Sub in “Administrator” after artists and the list works just as well; especially the tip, “Buy them a massage.”

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Sarah Marczynski
Sarah joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in 2010 working with the Marketing and Development staffs and quickly became interested in community engagement and education. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration focusing in Nonprofit Arts Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where her capstone and other work under Dr. Christopher Horne examined attendance patterns in high-art cultural institutions and network relationships between local arts agencies and cultural partners. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education from UTC, where she studied under Dr. Kevin Ford and Ron Ulen. Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir. Outside of the arts world, Sarah pretends to be an excellent cook (but she's broken 2 ovens), reads Jane Austen novels, and watches way too much House of Cards.
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