Constantly committed to broadening the awareness amongst Chicago’s professional, artistic and creative talent. Most importantly, promoting the often looked over fact that women are pretty amazing in the creatives art realm. Support Women Artists Now!   

About SWAN Day Chicago

A little background on the projection for this project stemmed from really just wanting to get talent in one room that wasn’t subjected to the competitive nature that’s so normally projected amongst women. It sucks that most of the time, we’re portrayed as each other’s competition and not each other’s supporters, and we really want to embrace that during the showcases we put on. We found that a fun, celebratory event called SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day commences at the end of March through the end of April; hence our interest in consistently hosting the event between that time frame. SWAN Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity z women’s creativity. Learn more about international SWAN Day events here

We started doing SWAN day events here in Chicago in April of 2014, and have continued this annual event in hopes of bringing more awareness to women in the arts in our city…join us! In addition to our efforts of showcasing women in the arts, a percentage of the monies raised at each of our SWAN Day events goes toward an arts organization in the city of Chicago, to help keep the arts alive, especially in communities where programs are underfunded and non-existent.
View a cool write up on our very first event here!

About the Curators

Charne Graham (left) and Rachel Gadson (right) are the creative curators behind the annual SWAN Day Chicago event; cohesively working to shine light on women in the creative arts world. We started curating SWAN Day events in Chicago in 2014 and have continued this annual event in hopes of bringing more awareness to women in the arts.

Both stemming from creative backgrounds, we both have history with the creative arts community in the city. Our goal each year is to orchestrate an event that sparks consumer interest in the featured artists personal projects, display their talents at a well-attended event and foster an environment for creative professional networking.​