Pen and Brush is fortunate enough to have Joni as part of the first group of Literary Arts Curators. In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.
Here’s what the curator of Domesticity Revisited has to say about the evolving art world, his thoughts on the need for parity, what emerging and mid-career artists need to know to succeed, and more.
For many women today -- especially millennials -- "feminism" conjures thoughts of bra-burning and man-hating, leading many to shy away from calling themselves feminists. Misleading lists and #WomenAgainstFeminism have not done much to clarify the issue. What's more, young women are pointing to the highly visible success of the usual suspects like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Hillary Clinton, saying that the movement simply isn't relevant anymore.
I recently talked with Janice Sands, Executive Director of Pen and Brush, a NYC non-profit that supports the work of women artists. I spoke at length to her about the mission of Pen and Brush and its 120 year history. A new website promoting the organization, the work that it does, and the artists it supports has been recently launched. Sands spoke in detail on a variety of topics, particularly on the subject of its feminist identity.
With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change. Nonprofit groups like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts are leading the charge, effectively "calling out" those in positions of power to give opportunities to talented women.