Open today 10 am – 5 pm


Celebration of Women Artists

Penn Museum

Saturday, Mar. 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Included with Museum Admission

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Women in South Asian garb performing.

Bring the whole family to celebrate the artistic contributions of women artists and visionaries from around the world with activities for every age.

This all-day festival, presented in partnership with The Clay Studio, pays homage to Women’s History Month by spotlighting artists and creative practitioners working in a variety of art forms. Learn how women have shaped cultures and history in communities across the globe. Hear from storytellers and musicians, experience dance performances, and watch ceramic and print artists in action. Stop by the artist marketplace throughout the day to support local women business owners. Plus, get inspired to make your own art to take home!

Sponsored by the South Asia Center at Penn

Explore a day of artistic happenings

11:30 am–12:00 pm & 2:30–3:00 pm
Hear inspiring tales of powerful women with Saundra from Femininely Free!

Once Upon the Sun and Sea
3:00–3:30 pm

Set sail for faraway islands and open seas through Indigenous stories and folk tales from the Philippines adapted by writer Jo Tiongson-Perez and award-winning educator Denise Orosa. Their debut children’s book has been featured in Vogue and 6ABC.
Get into the rhythm with a drum workshop with Karen Smith
1:00–1:30 pm
Live pottery demonstrations and art-making activities
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Enjoy live pottery wheel demonstrations from ceramic artisans from The Clay Studio, and learn how to make prints and simple clay pots under the guidance of teaching artists
Sattriya Dance Performance
12:00–12:30 pm

The Sattriya Dance Company tells the story of Sattriya, a 500-year-old dance originating from the Vaishnav monasteries of Assam, India. The company uses dance as an agent of change to spread messages of peace, equality, love, and universal brotherhood.

Three Aksha
3:30–4:00 pm
Experience the graceful choreography of Three Aksha, a Philadelphia-based dance academy that preserves and promotes Indian culture and heritage through classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance choreography.
Support local women business owners and artists at the Artist Marketplace. Featured vendors and artists include Celia Feldberg (pottery pictured), Silk Tent, Friends of Ixchel Museum and Chochlate, Grace Gardener, Ruth Easterbrook, Maya Wasileski, Robin Williams Turnage, and Eileen Stanfield.