Swan Day coming to EHCCC
By Steve Smith - Staff Reporter
East Hartford - posted Wed., Feb. 2, 2011
The world-wide WomenArts organization, which holds more than 500 Swan Day events annually, has held Swan Day CT since 2008. This year, the event, which showcases female music, painting, sculpture, video, dance, and burlesque artistry, is taking place at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center on March 26.
Swan Day CT's organizer, Jennifer Hill (also of the band Jennifer Hill & Co.) said while she is finalizing the layout and still accepting submissions for artists/performers for consideration at the event, she already expects this year’s to be the biggest yet.
“I’m excited about the new venue,” Hill said. “We’ve got a lot of great submissions. I think this year is going to be pretty awesome, because it seems like a lot more people have found out about the festival. The word is getting around.”
The focus of Swan Day is to bring attention to local artists that might not get the spotlight elsewhere – which Hill said is becoming more common, unfortunately, and could also be a by-product of the economy.
“My whole point in doing this show in the first place is the community aspect,” Hill said. “There are so many talented individuals that nobody knows about. It seems like a lot of people don’t go out as much anymore, and there are a lot of female musicians, for example, that can’t get gigs unless they can bring in big numbers.”
Hill added that many venues feature the same, well-known acts, instead of showcasing up-and-coming talent, and that’s where Swan Day steps in.
“It’s hard to decide what you want to see when you go out,” she said. “It’s nice to have a wide range of acts all under one roof on the same day, so then you can see what you might want to go out and see again.”
Another reason this year’s Swan Day should be the more successful is that Hill’s efforts have caught the attention of Martha Richards, founder and executive director of WomenArts, who came to meet with Hill last summer because she was impressed with the reputation Hill has built with the festival here in Connecticut.
“She’s the person who started the whole movement, and she thought about five or six that really stood out, out of 500 all over the world,” Hill said. “She’s going to be helping out with some of the funding for our show.”
That, Hill said, will help pay for some of the overhead costs and will also help with Swan Day’s long-term goal of providing scholarships for local female artists.
Artists wishing to submit portfolios should contact Jennifer Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.