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SheROCKS with C.R.O.C Artists-in-Residence to Showcase at CASE, Home of Feminist Art Installation 'The Sister Chapel'

SheROCKS with CROC proudly announces the upcoming showcase of its "Creative Oasis" artists-in-residence at The Center for Art and Social Engagement.

Glassboro, NJ - March 12, 2024 - SheROCKS with CROC (Creatives on Campus) proudly announces the upcoming showcase of its "Creative Oasis" artists-in-residence at The Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE), a program of Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum. The event, scheduled for March 22nd from 6PM-8PM, will mark the culmination of a transformative 3-day residency focused on mindful creativity.

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Multidisciplinary artists, Cheyenne Sookoo and Mary Orji  are set to present their works following an immersive experience as artists-in-residence during the SheROCKS with CROC "Creative Oasis" program, a safe and inclusive space for creative learners to explore the arts as a career path, nurture their curiosity, develop within a supportive creative community, and gain access to the resources and experiences they need to flourish.

“We’re grateful to partner with The Center for Art and Social Engagement and appreciate Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum for providing the space for our emerging women artists to showcase their creative works,” said Brittanie Thomas and Timea Faulkner, co-founders of the SheROCKS with CROC program in a joint statement.

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The showcase is particularly significant during Women's History Month as it takes place at CASE Gallery, home to the permanent feminist art installation from 1978, "The Sister Chapel." The installation is a collective effort by Ilise Greenstein and twelve fellow women artists who she enlisted for the collaborative work, which features standing female role models from history, religion, and myth. The showcase is a continuation of the feminist legacy echoed by the work, as we celebrate the diverse contributions of women artists and continue to create spaces of belonging where they can create history.

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SOFemArt Top 25 Influential Women in The Arts, Creative Industries, & Tech

The State of Fem Art lists our inaugural Top 25 Most Influential Women in the Arts, Creative Industries, & Tech

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Dazzling Victory: Women Reign Supreme at the 2024 Grammy Awards

In a dazzling display of talent and triumph, women artists dominated the 2024 Grammy Awards across various categories.
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The 2024 Grammy Awards proved to be a groundbreaking night for women artists, with a dominating presence across various categories. The energy was palpable, the undertone of support for women artists undeniable, and the stage set for history to be made. One artist who left an indelible mark on the night was none other than Taylor Swift, who etched her name in Grammy history by securing Album of the Year for the fourth time with her masterpiece, 'Midnight.'

Swift's achievement reflects not only her incredible talent but also the power of an incredibly supportive fanbase. In her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album she said, “ I want to say thank you for the members of the Recording Academy for voting this way, but I know that the way the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion of the fans.”. The night was further enriched by the legendary Joni Mitchell, gracing the Grammy stage for her inaugural performance, marking a historic moment in her illustrious career.

Another highlight was the rare live performance of Tracy Chapman, who captivated the audience with a heartfelt rendition of 'Fast Car,' joined by Luke Combs. The collaboration was a powerful intersection of past and present, reminding us of the timeless impact of great music.

Speaking of timeless music, Burna Boy brought out R&B royalty Brandy for his hit 'SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,' the song released in 2023 notably samples Brandy's 1998 song 'TOP OF THE WORLD,' creating a magical blend of world music with R&B.

As we celebrate the influence of women in music, let's take a moment to acknowledge the remarkable women who claimed victory in various categories at the 2024 Grammy Awards:

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  • Record Of The Year: Miley Cyrus - 'Flowers'
  • Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©Album Of The Year: Taylor Swift - 'Midnight'
  • Song Of The Year: Billie Eilish O'Connell and Finneas O'Connell - 'What Was I Made For?' from The Motion Picture "Barbie"
  • Best New Artist: Victoria Monét
  • Best Pop Solo Performance: Miley Cyrus - 'Flowers'
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: SZA Featuring Phoebe Bridgers - 'Ghost In The Machine'
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift - 'Midnight'
  • Best Pop Dance Recording: Kylie Minogue - 'Padam Padam'
  • Best R&B Performance: CoCo Jones - 'ICU'
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance: Susan Carol (featured on PJ Morton's 'Good Morning')
  • Best R&B Song: SZA and co-collaborators - 'Snooze'
  • Best Progressive R&B Album: SZA - 'SOS'
  • Best R&B Album: Victoria Monét - 'JAGUAR II'
  • Best Jazz Performance: Samara Joy - 'Tight'
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Nicole Zuraitis - 'How Love Begins'
  • Best Alternative Jazz Album: Meshell Ndegeocello - 'The Omnichord Real Book'
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Laufey - 'Bewitched'
  • Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Lainey Wilson (featured on Zach Bryan's 'I Remember Everything')
  • Best Country Album: Lainey Wilson - 'Bell Bottom Country'
  • Best American Roots Performance: Allison Russell - 'Eve Was Black'
  • Best Americana Performance: Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile - 'Dear Insecurity'
  • Best Folk Album: Joni Mitchell - 'Joni Mitchell At Newport [Live]'
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Lecrae - 'Your Power'
  • Best Latin Pop Album: Gaby Moreno - 'X Mí (Vol. 1)'
  • Best Música Urbana Album: Karol G - 'MAÑANA SERÁ BONITO'
  • Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: Natalia Lafourcade - 'De Todas Las Flores'
  • Best African Music Performance: Tyla - 'Water'
  • Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album: Carla Patullo Featuring Tonality And The Scorchio Quartet - 'So She Howls'
  • Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording: Michelle Obama - 'The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times'
  • Best Song Written For Visual Media: Billie Eilish O'Connell and Finneas O'Connell - 'What Was I Made For?' from The Motion Picture "Barbie"
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Victoria Monét and co-collaborators - 'JAGUAR II'
  • Producer Of The Year, Classical: Elaine Martone
  • Best Immersive Audio Album: Alicia Keys and co-collaborators - 'The Diary Of Alicia Keys'
  • Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Erin Bentlage, Jacob Collier, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers (säje Featuring Jacob Collier) - 'In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning'
  • Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Jessie Montgomery - 'Montgomery: Rounds'
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For a comprehensive list of all the winners, visit here. The 2024 Grammy Awards not only celebrated the talent and achievements of women in music but also paved the way for a future where their voices continue to resonate and inspire.

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SheROCKS w/ C.R.O.C. Presents "Creative Oasis": A Mindful Art Residency in Glassboro, NJ

The State of Fem Art, in collaboration with The Better Giveback Foundation Inc., proudly announces its transformative artist residency.


Glassboro, NJ - January 8, 2024—The State of Fem Art, in collaboration with The Better Giveback Foundation Inc., proudly announces the second edition of its transformative artist residency SheROCKS with C.R.O.C. program, "Creative Oasis." Centered around the theme of mindful creativity, the residency will take place from March 20-23, 2024, in the heart of Glassboro, NJ, a vibrant college town steeped in the history of the glassmaking industry.

Building on the success of the inaugural program in March 2023, "Creative Oasis" is a 3-day immersive experience tailored for collegiate-age women artists. The residency, a collaboration between The Better Giveback Foundation, Inc.'s Creatives on Campus work-study program and The State of Fem Art's SheROCKS event program, aims to provide a unique blend of artistic expression, creative exploration, personal growth, business development, and community building.

In a joint statement, program founders Brittanie Thomas and Timea Faulkner said, "This program is an investment into the future of the arts. The ripple effect of mindful creativity extends beyond the residency, influencing the participants' artistic practices and, in turn, the broader creative community. We strive to foster a culture of mindful creativity that empowers collegiate-age women artists to unleash their full artistic potential."

"Creative Oasis" is designed to inspire and celebrate the fusion of mindfulness and creativity. Participants will embark on a journey of exploration, delving into the depths of their artistic selves. Through carefully curated workshops, discussions, and collaborative projects, the residency fosters an environment that encourages self-discovery and cultivating a deeper connection between art and mindfulness.

The residency culminates in an exhibition showcasing the participants' creations through visual and performance art  during Women's History Month. Attendees will get to explore a diverse array of thought-provoking, emotionally resonant artworks that embody the theme of mindful creativity by four creatives who have completed the residency.

To apply for the residency, artists can complete the application:

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact:

T. Gaines

Love Life Media

About SheROCKS w/ C.R.O.C.

SheROCKS w/ C.R.O.C. is a collaboration between 501(c)3 The Better Giveback Foundation's Creatives on Campus program and The State of Fem Art's SheROCKS event program, dedicated to providing immersive arts programming and fostering creativity in post-secondary educational settings.


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Opinion: Barriers to Creative Freedom, Being, and Living As An Artist

Director, Creative Director, and Art Curator Raven Irabor shares a dynamic opinion piece on barriers to true creative mobility as an artist.

There have been three main barriers [to flourishing freely as an artist]: time, information, and life. In regards to time, having to balance a corporate 9-5 while building my brand as an artist & creative entrepreneur is taxing. Living in a capitalist society creates an incredible challenge for imagining living a life where I can solely create. Instead, I adapt by creating balance in my life to make time for working to survive, and time for creating to thrive. I believe one of humanity’s biggest challenges is time. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing I had more time. The reality of time on this planet being finite creates an immense pressure of yearning to create your greatest work while you’re here. It is a pressure that demands incredible focus, but also adequate room to live. You need to live in order to have something to say in your work, which is another thing that needs to be slotted into this balancing act that we’ve become subjected to.

When it comes to information, the ideal is the old adage, “if you knew better, you’d do better.” One side of the current issue surrounding information is transparency. There is information that is gatekept and considered taboo that can be incredibly helpful, and simply life-changing for young creatives–such as salary, rates, fundraising, pitching, and other aspects relating to the business side of the art industry. Having transparent access to such fundamental and crucial information would give young creatives an extreme advantage in navigating their paths within this industry. On the other hand, we face information overload. The internet is a powerful tool, but because of it, we have direct access to a vast amount of resources (blogs, YouTube channels, podcasts, newsletters, ebooks, social media, nonprofits, the list goes on.) While most of these resources work to inform and amplify the voices of young creatives, it can be difficult in deciding what is true, where you belong, and what is necessary to you. It is simply overwhelming. Information is only useful when it is digestible. Over the years, I have joined many different communities, subscribed to many different newsletters, and followed many different pages–but I haven’t found many that made me feel like I truly belong. I didn’t feel like they spoke to me on a level I could understand, especially within the art world. The creative professional world has done a decent job in helping all types of creatives, but I think the art world has a long way to go in developing communities and providing information and resources that are easily digestible and not intimidating.

And then there is life. In all of these websites, YouTube channels, blogs, podcasts, social media pages, etc no one really talks about how to actually deal with this roller coaster of life while trying to create. There is clarity in movement, but it gets complicated when figuring out how to move. We see inspirational quotes about not giving up, but when life throws a curve ball how does one still continue their pursuit? If you’re a full time artist or creative, you need to create work to live– but you also need to live to create work. If you’re in a stage where life is knocking you down, how can you possibly create? And if you don’t create, how can you possibly survive? Life is truly a balancing act.

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Remembering The Unstoppable Force of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner was a magnetic force. On Wednesday, May 24, the beloved singer died at her home in Switzerland.

Forever leaving an indelible mark on the genre with hits like "River Deep - Mountain High" and "Proud Mary," Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner was a magnetic force who shook up the industry for nearly 60 years. On Wednesday, May 24, the beloved singer died at her home in Switzerland after battling a longstanding illness.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, to a family of sharecroppers, Tina Turner started her music career in 1960 after catching the attention of musician Ike Turner.

After enduring a tumultuous and abusive relationship with Ike, Tina Turner summoned the courage to break free and rebuild. Her solo career took flight in the early 1980s, and she released her first solo album, "Private Dancer," in 1984. This album became a global phenomenon, spawning hit singles such as "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Private Dancer" and earning her numerous awards, including four Grammys.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tina Turner solidified her status as a musical icon with a run of successful albums. "Break Every Rule" (1986), "Foreign Affair" (1989), and "Wildest Dreams" (1996) showcased her vocal range and enduring talent, cementing her position as one of the greatest performers of all time. Tina's live performances were awe-inspiring, captivating audiences with her boundless energy and unmistakable charisma.

Her story has taken center stage in many forms. In 1993, actress Angela Basset played the star in the film "What's Love Got To Do With It," documenting her rise to stardom. "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical" premiered on Broadway in 2018, celebrating her life and career. It garnered critical acclaim, showcasing the power of her music and the resilience of her spirit. In conjunction with the musical, Tina released her autobiography, "My Love Story," in 2018, giving fans an intimate look into her journey.

Her unique blend of rock, soul, and blues transcended genres and inspired countless artists. In recognition of her unparalleled contributions, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. She later received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Her influence continues to resonate with new generations of musicians, ensuring that her legacy will endure for years to come.

Tina Turner's career is a testament to the power of resilience, talent, and unwavering determination. From her humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming a global icon, she has overcome immense challenges and triumphed in the face of adversity. Tina's magnetic stage presence, soulful voice, and electrifying performances have left an indelible mark on the world of music. Her journey inspires us to believe in ourselves, to push boundaries, and to never give up on our dreams. As we celebrate Tina Turner's unparalleled career and life, let us remember her as the unstoppable force of rock 'n' roll, forever etched in the annals of music history.

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Are We Really Doing Better by Women in the Arts?

Do you feel like we're making real progress toward equality in the arts? Are you aware of the barriers that still exist in arts and entertainment?

On January 7, 2018, women made history in the arts community. The internet was ablaze with talk of Oprah Winfrey running for president after her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech went viral. Many attendees at the Golden Globes wore black to support the #MeToo movement.  

Reports in the media hailed the event as a triumph for women, but was this really the case? In that year, there were only four female nominees for the Golden Globes. According to women and Hollywood, the 325 nominees for the 2022 awards were almost entirely male (91.1%). There were 29 nominees, but only nine were women, and only three were women directors from traditionally underrepresented groups who took home awards.

It is our duty to work towards a more just and equitable industry. This is especially true in the arts and entertainment fields, where discrimination is still common due to deeply ingrained cultural and social norms. Let’s talk about the current situation of women in the arts and call attention to the gaps that still exist. We will continue to emphasize the role of women in the arts, and we'll talk about how you can get involved. We're hoping this helps you understand the gravity of why advocacy and allies for women artists is critical and moves you to action.

How Have These Disparities Persisted for So Long?

Since the early days within the arts, women have been working diligently in various capacities. Yet, they continue to face disparities in pay and recognition. Researchers at Williams College recently looked at the collections of the most important art museums in the United States. They found that only 13% of the artists in those collections were women. But according to information from the job site Zippia, about 55% of artists who work in the museum are women.  

This is a problem that needs to be addressed. Art spaces should have collections representative of the women who are also working in those museums. We need to have more discussions about the role of women in the arts and how to best support them from the curators to the artists. This includes encouraging girls and women from a young age to pursue an artistic career. By raising awareness around these issues, we can progress toward a more equitable future for women in the arts!

What Are the Disparities in the Arts and Entertainment Industries for Women?

According to FORBES, Between 2008 and 2019, an estimated $196.6 billion was spent at art auctions, but only $4 billion went to women artists.

Men largely dominate the arts and entertainment industries. This is true not only for actors and directors but also for stage managers and production assistants. As a result, women face many disadvantages within these industries. These disadvantages can dramatically impact their careers - even when they reach the top levels. Lack of visibility is one of the main problems women face. This is because women are often underrepresented in the media, reviews, and ratings.  

Gender bias and sexism are also big issues, as women often experience discrimination and inequality. However, there's still a long way to go before parity is achieved in the arts. We must continue working hard to achieve it, starting with awareness and understanding.

The Strides Being Made by Women in the Arts

The world of the arts is complex and diverse, and it's no wonder that women have had a hard time breaking through the glass ceiling. However, there's been some progress made in recent years. The Center for Women in Television and Film reports that women have made great strides in the entertainment industry, with more women working in behind-the-scenes roles and more female artists achieving mainstream success.  

Women comprise most professional art museum staff; but despite recent gains, they remain underrepresented in leadership positions. Again, there is still a lot of work to be done. The importance of women in the arts cannot be overstated. They have been essential in shaping our society and culture for generations.  

They continue to make valuable contributions to art, dance, music, literature, and we need them more than ever. It's time we started taking action and supporting women in the arts. Women need more opportunities to get exposure and gain recognition for their talent. We need to support their work intentionally so they can make even more progress in the future.

The Challenges That Remain for Women in the Arts

The arts is important for both individuals and society as a whole. Art can help us express ourselves in ways that are unique and can offer therapeutic benefits. However, many challenges remain for women artists.

  • According to Billboard. women are undervalued in the music industry and do far too much work. 57% of those polled work more than one job, 24% work 40-51%, and 28% work more than 50%. Approximately one-third of those polled earn less than $40,000 annually, and nearly half believe they should be further along in their careers.  

  • One of the hardest things for women to do in the design industry in 2022 is to find strong role models. According to the National Museum Women's Association, Women make up a majority of professional art museum staff; despite recent gains, they remain underrepresented in leadership positions.


To make real progress, we need to be more aware of the challenges that exist and take action to address them. We need to support women artists and help them reach their full potential. This will be challenging, but it's essential to see real change in the arts industry! Thankfully, people are working collectively to change these things.

The arts are a part of our history and culture and should be inclusive for everyone. Arts are a powerful medium for expression and can help break down barriers. Unfortunately, women have been largely left out of the arts scene -more specifically in equal pay and opportunities. That's why it's so important that men play a significant role in advocating for women in the arts.  Here’s how men can help to support women artists.

  1. Realize that there is no one cause of inequality but many. Do your research and learn the space you wish to influence.  

  1. Address toxic masculinity in creative and work spaces.

  1. Spread the word about and pay for the work of women artists.

  1. Cultivate the talent of skilled women artists by offering opportunities.

  1. Work alongside women in the arts. If we work together, we can give everyone a place to share their ideas and make sure that everyone can also enjoy great art.

The art world is full of women who have worked hard and succeeded at the highest levels. These women are leaders in their fields, reaching new heights every day. But we still have a long way to go before women are treated equally and fairly. Despite all the progress we've made as an industry (for better or worse), there's still more work to do regarding gender parity in Hollywood and beyond—and now more than ever, we need your help! We would love to hear from you!  

If you’re a woman artist, let us know how we can support you by taking our survey. If you want to learn how to support women artists, join the conversation by subscribing to The State of Fem Art podcast.

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