Retreat in the City for Women Artists in NYC

​​​Hosted by The Performance Project at University Settlement, round out Women’s History Month and celebrate SWAN (Support Women Artists’ Now) Day in style, with a roots and branches immersion in the health and wealth of women artists. Created and facilitated by The International Women Artists’ Salon and The OPTimistiks,  experience a full day of workshops, led by key arts practitioners of all disciplines in NYC.

Workshops include “Health-shops” that range from goal-setting to physical practises for success and “Wealth-shops” focusing on your finances and social media strategies. Each workshop includes a 15-minute Q&A and the day will be fertilized by hot-topic panel discussions on Building Audience and Raising Parity for women artists everywhere.

Media Partners include EstroGenius Festival, The Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History, League of Professional Theatre Women, Theatre Beyond Broadway, Art Boundaries Unlimited, Audrey Dimola and Saturn: A NYC Poetry Periodical, CUE Foundation, NYFA

EVENT DATE: Sunday, April 3, 2016​

VENUE: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, NY 10002

RESERVATIONS: Advance Reservations: $16 for a full-day pass - including complimentary refreshments, access to all workshops (subject to availability) and one raffle ticket for the Lounge-Lottery.

Day of Event: $20 ticket on the door.


  • Access to All Available Workshops 
  • Panel Discussions & "Basics of" Classes
  • Resources from Arts & Services Organizations
  • Open mic/screen/stage/easel/networking
  • Hourly Raffle for Great Prizes
  • Refreshments All Day & DJ Wrap Party

The International Women Artists' Salon, created and curated by Heidi Russell, is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural organization of women creating in The Arts around the world today. Our aim as an organization is to bring creative work by women to the fore of each creative discipline arena as well as local communities around the globe through exhibitions and events, exchanges, regular salon style gatherings, and an online forum for members and interested parties. Our shared vision is to create a community of individuals and organizations with the resources and passion to gain critical visibility in the creative world for women artists of all backgrounds, ages, stages of career, and cultures, in every creative discipline. Currently over 3,200 women creatives and organizations are connected.

Current Projects include ongoing exhibitions and events in collaboration with festivals and other organizations around the world, bi-annual multi-disciplinary exhibition, bi-annual conference, monthly gatherings at local locations for women creatives for connecting, dialogue, and presenting work; Salon Radio, a project of International Women Artists' Salon, is a weekly 55-minute internet radio show that features a women-founded or women-lead arts organization/group/special project/or collaboration as well as an individual woman performer or writer. We also research and present a sampling of news about what has happened the previous week for women creatives around the globe along with sampling of happenings that Salon members around the world are presenting.  The show broadcasts live and is archived for on-demand listening on City World Radio Network; Salon Solo is a program that promotes solo work by Salon members, currently hosted at partner venue, Producers’ Club in NYC; Salon Lounge at Dixon Place which is a monthly showcase of women's performance, literature, and film/video at our partner venue,

The OPTimistiks is a group of international theatre artists learning and living in New York City. Working with American collaborators we express the unique experiences of our countries of origin in the context of our shared experiences as aliens in America. We will always find the funny side and thus hope to increase the positive impact of performance +! Old world words: new world voices.

Developed in 2007, The Performance Project at University Settlement provides established and emerging artists - as well as local audiences - with opportunities to connect and enrich each other's lives. Our aim is to encourage greater participation in the live arts and to help cultivate diverse and creative communities.

The Performance Project stands out among local opportunities for performing artists to present original work. We seek artists who are philosophically aligned with the spirit of the Settlement House movement, who value process as much as product, launch experimental investigations into storytelling and narrative structures, and believe that engaging in artistic activities has inherent social and cultural value. Through our Artist-in-Residency program, Public Presenting Series, SHARES and Salons, The Performance Project finds concrete ways to reestablish and articulate the importance of the arts within the community at large.


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