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ABOUT AWC

The Arizona Women’s Collaborative is a group of women and non-binary artists working synergistically
across disciplines. Through cooperative composition, AWC seeks to foster opportunities for artists from
different fields—including creative writing, dance, music, and the visual arts—to use their creative
expression for positive change.
In 2017 founding members—Stephanie Sadownik, Erica Glenn, Kalani Pickhart, and Jenny Irish, brought together colleagues
from their perspective fields. Participants were then placed in creative groups to interface on matters
concerning women. These conversations served as the basis of their collaborative output in the form of art
song, or poetry set to music.

Since then AWC has produced three concerts premiering 17 new works spanning a multitude of subject matters, but all concerning perspectives of the woman collective.
In this spirit, AWC is facilitating cross-disciplinary partnerships between student-artists, alumni, and
faculty, beginning by pairing students from Arizona State University's nationally ranked MFA Program in Creative Writing with
students in Music Composition and Music Performance.

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MISSION, VISION & VALUES

MISSION:

In recognition of the historical underrepresentation of marginalized genders traditionally silenced in specific areas of the arts, the Arizona Women's Collaborative unites such artists working synergistically across disciplines. Through cooperative composition, AWC seeks to foster opportunities for artists from different fields—including creative writing, dance, music, and the visual arts—to use their creative expression for positive change. In this spirit, AWC establishes cross-disciplinary partnerships between student-artists, alumni, faculty, and creatives in the surrounding community. AWC is a gender-affirming organization guided by principles of community, cooperation and the amplification of marginalized voices. With a culminating yearly concert centered on a relevant theme, AWC facilitates and celebrates the generation of original music and accompanying performance art in a wide variety of styles and genres. 


VISION:

AWC aims to celebrate the creative spirit of diverse artists, increase the visibility of underrepresented artists and their work in the arts, and facilitate group collaboration. We’re looking for proposals from creators with underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

Values:

  • Collaboration

  • Community

  • Courage

  • Diversity

  • Equality

  • Empowerment

  • Inclusion

  • Innovation

  • Safety

 

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