How do you pronounce your name?
It's pronounced “Celebrate Women Eightfourfive”. You can also call us "Celebrate" for short.
What is "845"?
It's actually the area code for the mid to lower-Hudson Valley, where we facilitate our events.
What exactly do you do and where are you based?
Events we’ve hosted include art exhibitions (group and solo), performances, open mics, DIY workshops, info sessions, networking mixers, dance parties, and more.
We have hosted events in Beacon, Kingston, Newburgh, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie, & Rosendale and look forward to future programming throughout the Hudson Valley region.
We do not have a venue of our own and are happy to collaborate with existing spaces- preferably those that are women/femme/nonbinary-owned or run.
We do not take commission on sold artwork during exhibitions, pay our performers, rent venues that support our community, source supplies and food locally and consciously, and pay collaborators for their efforts.
Why do you spell it "womxn" and why do you say "women, femme, and nonbinary"?
We believe that while these populations have many differences between them, they are similarly disadvantaged in the creative arena.
We believe that creating space for them all to come together and/or work together can have many benefits, including a chance to educate one another about their unique and shared experiences via their creative work and also provide space for them to organize and mobilize against unequal systems.
When we were first founded, we chose to use the term "womxn" and sought to organize women and women-identifying artists but, in 2019, revised our language to explicitly include femme and nonbinary creatives.
We also recognize that gender, gender identity, and the language surrounding both is super personal to each individual and is changing every day. We do not claim to be experts. We do, however, choose to create a platform that is rooted in intersectionality, education, mutual respect, and celebration of and for these marginalized creatives.
Are you an artist collective / non-profit / gallery?
Nope. We're just using our resources, networks, and privileges to create opportunity and hold space for connection and celebration in a sustainable, conscious, and community-centered way.
CelebrateWomxn845 was founded and is run by Jamie Sanin, an artist, educator, and organizer from the Hudson Valley. Right now, we collaborate with different artists, organizers, and volunteers on each individual event.
How can I work with CelebrateWomxn845?
organize - recognize - celebrate!