Thriving as a Composer and Musician in the COVID Age
From The Pen Woman, Spring 2021
By Kathy Pate, Music Editor
As we enter our second year of the COVID-19 era, we are having to reinvent ourselves in almost every arena of life. Performing our compositions is morphing into a more online venture. Music members are finding new ways to connect with like-minded composers who face similar issues.
Entrepreneurial Artist Makes the Most of the Pandemic
From The Pen Woman, Winter 2021
By Lois Perdue, Fort Lauderdale Branch
When Christine Landis’ art classes were canceled at the beginning of the pandemic in March, she had to find new ways to jumpstart her teaching career. Although learning about virtual technology was new to her, she got up to speed — and her online teaching took off.
Last winter, a committee of 12 Greenwich Pen Women met to discuss submissions for the 100th anniversary celebration of the 19th Amendment — following an inspiring talk by Greenwich resident Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Greenwich Branch member Nancy B. Burke shared this essay for the group.
As a person of color, Dorothy Atkins “had to navigate prejudice and racism” because of the color of her skin — not because of her character, her values, or her patriotism. She shares some of her memories in this profound essay.
How to Look Like a Pro in a Videoconferencing Meeting
From The Pen Woman, Summer 2020
By Rodika Tollefson, The Pen Woman Editor, Member-at-Large
Videoconferencing has become wildly popular in times of social distancing. Everything from elected officials’ meetings to yoga is going to Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WebEx, etc. Rodika Tollefson provides tips on how to be your (digital) best in a video meeting.
Donna Puglisi shares brief insights into how the prestigious NLAPW helps professional women in all aspects of the arts to network with fellow artists and expand their horizons. “Sharing our ideas and creative talents, there is no limit to what we can do,” she writes.
Pen Women Bonita Tabakin and Sheila Firestone live in different states, but a friendship that started during a Biennial conference bloomed despite the distance. One of the results was a creative collaboration for Firestone’s stage musical — with Tabakin providing original art for backdrops.
By Dorothy Kamm, Member-at-Large (Port St. Lucie, Florida)
As dynamic, creative women, we want to retain a fresh perspective and remain challenged — we want to continue growing personally as well as professionally, and perform at our personal best. Dorothy Kamm shares tips for how you, too, can be a Wonder Woman.
A new generation of musicians revives a 1995 collaborative project created by two Bethesda Branch members. Based on a book, the 45-minute “Ladies First” show had been performed for numerous civic organizations, women’s groups, and retirement communities.
The Denver Branch shares an amazing outreach project that fulfilled a member’s longtime dream. The result, the Tapestry for Peace, was displayed in the Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol building — and soon grew into ideas coming in from all over the world.