About Us

Mission Statement

Focusing on women’s unique perspectives we collaborate internationally to further the field and understanding of ecological and social justice art.

Purpose

 

  • To provide information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others.
  • To facilitate international networking among artists working with ecological and social justice issues.
  • To further the fields of, and the understanding of environmental and social justice art.

2012:  UPDATED WEBSITE, EXPANDED MEMBERSHIP, ANNUAL DUES.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND INVITED
TO JOIN WEAD AS A MEMBER: 

 

    • ACTIVIST ARTS PROFESSIONALS
    • NON ARTS PROFESSIONALS
    • ALL GENDERS                

FYI re  SLIDING SCALE ANNUAL MEMBER DUES

From 1996-2011, WEAD did not have general members and did not charge annual dues. Listed Directory women arts professionals were not members per se. WEAD managed to operate on a less-than-shoestring budget, while producing high quality exhibits, outreach programs, website, and no-fee Directory listings. All costs were largely underwritten by an all-volunteer hands-on Board through uncountable hours of pro bono labor, writing grants, managing programs, and parlaying the generosity of sporadic donors.  Given WEAD’s global growth and economic realities, WEAD needs sustainable funding to survive and live up to our mission statement.

In 2011 WEAD’s Board voted on measures to move toward financial stability.  For 2012, WEAD officially adopted By-Laws to expand the Board, diversify memberships, and levy annual membership dues.  WEAD’s dues ask members to invest in our mission and an organization that works for eco and social activism and activist artists.  Dues are sliding scale, asking those who can to pay more; those who can’t, to pay what they can.

All WEAD memberships are equal.  Each member has access to the website to list events, blog, create a Light Box, and receive news alerts and invitations. Only the Directory Listings are limited to women arts professionals (see below).

When you become a WEAD member, “you are WEAD”–you expand the community, support the mission, underwrite services, and keep WEAD thriving.  Please join us!

DIRECTORY LISTINGS ARE OPEN TO ALL WEAD MEMBERS WHO ARE WOMEN ARTS PROFESSIONALS, REGARDLESS OF MEDIA, WHOSE WORK EXPLORES, EDUCATES &/OR COMMENTS ON ECOLOGICAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES.

WEAD is not juried. Our goal is to be inclusive of the broadest spectrum of women’s contemporary eco and social justice art. WEAD’s website provides a place for women arts professionals to define themselves and their work. Each authors an individualized entry, describing interests, intents, materials, philosophy, and aesthetics.

Ecofeminist Art

WEAD does not proscribe to a single definition for ecofeminism or ecoart, nor one set of cultural, political, or social beliefs. Instead, WEAD celebrates a spectrum of differences under the colorful collective umbrella called ecofeminist art. Here women speak in their own voices, definite their own work and map its place in the world. Together we work toward a just, sane, healthy world for all.

History

In 1996 Jo Hanson, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Estelle Akamine created WEAD in response to increasing requests for artist referrals and for designing ecoart exhibits and programs. Rather than create one static program, they developed a programming tool that others could use to develop their own programs.

Word-of-mouth networking started in January, by WEAD’s presentation in March at the Regional N. CA. Women’s Caucus for the Arts, there were 100+ listing artists. From 1996 to 2004, with 200+ listees, editions were labor intensive cut-and-paste, xerox editions. In 1998 Estelle retired, and Jo and Susan were joined by a brilliant new group of 10 activist women artists, creating the WEAD Board of Directors, a collective volunteer creative force that continues to produce and direct all WEAD publications and outreach programs. In 2004-2006 editions were digitally mastered, a slick step up in the publishing world. But our website, begun in 1999 was our most successful form of communication, reaching by far the largest audience with the smallest carbon footprint and cost. In 2008 we suspended printing on paper. In 2010, at the ripe age of 15, WEAD launched a newly expanded and greatly improved interactive website. In 2012 WEAD launched another upgraded site, with improved access and more interactive pages.

Please join us, spread the word, and use the site well and often.

EDITORS’ RESERVATION RE LISTINGS

WEAD reserves the right to refuse listings that are inappropriate in any way, and/or commercial in intent.

We are a member of INTERSECTION INCUBATOR

Intersection Incubator connects artists with funding resources, management consultants, discount classes, networking events, and collaboration opportunities. This is a program of Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space, presenting ground-breaking work in the literary, performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts. Contact:  www.theintersection.org, or phone (415) 626-2787

Questions: email info@weadartists.org.