Who We Are
Radical Arts for Women is a non-profit, lesbian and feminist funding organization. RAW provides small grants to Alaskan women for a variety of art projects, including theater, music and visual arts. RAW also sponsors an annual short story contest, art show, and Celebration of Change.
The purpose of Radical Arts for Women (RAW) is to:
- Bring together Alaskan women in all their diversity, with an emphasis on the lesbian and feminist communities.
- Build and strengthen their ties with one another.
- Provide opportunities for Alaskan women to express and share their creativity, talents and skills in the producing, performing, and visual arts.
- Produce, promote and present performing and visual arts events and other events of interest to Alaskan women, particularly lesbians and feminist and their allies.
Nicole Blizzard Short Story Contest
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Radical Arts for Women encourages writers to write and sponsors the Nicole Blizzard Short Story Contest, open to all women living in Alaska. The fiction pieces must be between 250 and 5,000 words and contain some lesbian content. The grand prize is $500. Entries come from all over Alaska and we encourage you to enter!
30th Anniversary Celebration of Change Event
Celebration 2013: Save the Date
This year, Celebration turns 30! Mark your calendars for 3/30/13 at the Wendy Williamson. Celebration is an annual fundraising event that celebrates the talents of lesbians, feminists, and their allies. This year, we will be featuring many of the women involved in the beginnings of Celebration. The RAW Board and planning committee are working on a lineup that will offer an engaging mix of women's music, dance, and other performance art. Proceeds of the show go to RAW which supports events for the women's community and grants for Alaskan women artists.
Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com. Click here to buy tickets!
- Geysa Aldebot; President
- Jill Ramsey; Secretary
- Rain Van Den Berg; Board Member
- Gay Wolfenberger; Treasurer
Herstory (How it all Began...)
Celebration of Change was born in 1983 when a bunch of women envisioned a live production that would bring together women to share music, poetry, drama, art, dance, humor and spirituality. It was meant to be a one-time gig, but the community enjoyed it so much that a group, named 15% because a study said homosexuals represented 15 percent of the population, organized and made Celebration an annual event. 15% underwent radical changes and Celebration almost ended, however, by this time a new crop of women wanted to continue the tradition. And so Radical Arts for Women (RAW) was created. RAW produced Celebration of Change in 1996, and today the event is an annual fundraiser for RAW. Through the years, Celebration has undergone many changes and will continue to evolve with the community; if you have a vision, please consider joining the Celebration Committee next year or getting involved with RAW.