What is the National Women’s Music Festival?
The National Women’s Music Festival is produced by Women In the Arts, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The 2015 National Women’s Music Festival — the 42nd — will be held at the Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI 53562, July 6-9, 2017.
The National Women’s Music Festival is a four-day musical and cultural extravaganza that incorporates all facets of women’s lives. It’s a jam-packed long weekend where choices for things to do range from workshops, concerts, comedy, theatre presentations, a marketplace, newly released films and videos, a live auction, spirituality series, writer’s series and much, much more!
Attendees come from all genders and cultures, cutting across ethnic, racial, sexual, age, and ability boundaries. Likewise, Festival programming reflects many points of view; a diversity of ideas and topics are explored and discussed in a safe environment. Festival is an environment in which philosophies and politics are open for discussion, not mandated or judged.
Mainstage concerts are routinely interpreted for the deaf. Interpreter services can be provided for workshops and other Festival events upon request. Volunteer opportunities and work-exchange of four-hour work-shifts is available for reduced-price registration. This is limited and arrangements must be made prior to the Festival.
Past performers include Cris Williamson, Kate Clinton, Karen Williams, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery, Jamie Anderson, Holly Near, the Dance Brigade, Melissa Ferrick, Sawagi Taiko, Ferron, Ellis, Ember Swift, Betty, and Margie Adam to just mention a few. Guest speakers have included Geraldine Ferraro, Rita Mae Brown, Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, NPR reporter and writer Margot Adler, Katherine V. Forrest, artist Judy Chicago, Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, Pat Califia, Betty DeGeneres, Anita Hill and Judy Goldsmith.
The food is not included in the hotel or ticket prices. Food will be available for purchase on site. There is a restaurant located within the hotel. If you are wearing a festival wristband, you are eligible for the Marriott regular breakfast buffet at the special price of $10. There will be an additional fee for made-to-order-omelets. The atrium is still reserved for Festival attendees to meet and share meals. For lunch we will have “grab and go” station set-up with salads, sandwiches and snacks. Within a block or two, there are numerous restaurants such as Boston’s – The Gourmet Pizza, Bucatini, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Claddagh Irish Pub, Cold Stone Creamery, Cosi, Great American Grill, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, McDonald’s, Panchero’s Mexican Grill, Starbucks & TGI Friday’s.
Deaf & HoH Women
We will be providing Sign Language interpreters for all stages. We will try to meet all other requests for interpreting workshops and other programming. Please email Marian Carling at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.
Your advance requests will ensure that we have enough interpreters to fill every request. You may also sign up on site in the registration area where there will be a box for requesting interpreter services.
Marian Carling serves as Accessibility Coordinator for NWMF. Contact Marian at email@example.com with your questions about accessibility at the festival. Let her know what accessibility needs you anticipate. Our goal is an amazing festival experience for everyone.
Respite chairs are provided in long hallways between the hotel and conference center. Some women may choose to rent scooters to cover these long distances. Contact Marian for a list of local vendors.
A scooter parking area will be provided in the evening concert hall and scooter users otherwise should avoid blocking pedestrian traffic where they park. Individually reserved concert seating may be requested by women who remain in their scooters or wheelchairs, use bulky medical equipment, or travel with service dogs.
Blind and visually impaired women may request volunteer assistance as needed for getting around. Advance requests are preferred to insure volunteer availability.
Many people today have developed chemical sensitivities. Please respect that the air is a common resource and chemicals can make some sick. Use unscented and safer personal care products and do not use perfumes and essential oils while in the hotel and conference area. If you are a person with chemical sensitivity, please use gentle communication techniques to work together to solve problems..
Child Care & Pet Care
Due to minimal participation in recent years and lack of volunteers to coordinate on-site childcare & pet care, we will not be providing either service at this year at Festival. If you are interested in coordinating and volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Room of Remembrance
This room is set aside as a place where we can gather to remember and honor the lives of those we have lost, and a place to support us in our grief and healing. The room is what we make of it. It provides a space that is a bit quieter than the rest of the Festival, where you can be alone with your memories or share them with others. Materials are provided for journaling and creating art. The room also provides a space for workshops and gatherings. In the past, workshops have included grief support groups, as well as time to share memories of specific people. Photos of our loved ones who have passed on — our artists, our lovers, our friends, and family – are shown on a continuous loop.
Please help to make the Room of Remembrance a space that meets your needs, by doing any of the following:
- Send a digital photograph and a few words about your loved one to NWMFRemembrance@gmail.com, to have it included in the video. Typically, descriptions include the person’s name, a few words or phrases about who she was in her life (relationships, job, community engagement), dates of birth and death, and (if you want) the cause of death.
- Submit an application to conduct a workshop, either in remembrance of a specific person or to address grief, healing, or other related issues.
- Send your other suggestions or requests of how the Room of Remembrance can help support you in your times of grief and healing to NWMFRemembrance@gmail.com
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