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Athena Film Fest! Today-2/8…Free Tix Available for friends of Paradigm Shift

Athena Film Festival 2/5- 2/8/15- Featuring World Premiers & Film Icons

Now in its fifth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.

The festival will be held Feb. 5 – 8, 2015 in the heart of New York — at Barnard, the most sought-after women’s college in the nation.  The Founding Sponsor of the Festival is Artemis Rising Foundation, Regina K. Scully, CEO and Founder.

Program, tickets, and recent announcements:
The Athena Film Festival is offering a select amount of free tickets to friends of Paradigm Shift to see the world premiere of Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up on Saturday! If you’d like to attend the screening, please email with the subject line “Paradigm Shift ticket giveaway” and the number of tickets (max. 2) you are requesting. The offer is first-come-first-served pending availability, so get your email in now! You can see the full program of films and events at their website.

Rosie O’Donnell will be in attendance
Featuring Rosie O’Donnell in a hybrid form of standup comedy, inspired by her recent near-fatal heart attack. In a comic and touching performance, she shares her experience with heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women, and explores topics ranging from the challenges of raising five children to her obsession with Barbara Streisand. O’Donnell’s return to the stage is an honest, hilarious and intimate take on life.

Creating the World: How to Foster Creative Community

Creating the World: How to Foster Creative Community
An Online Revolutionary Conversations with Gwen Lowenheim and David Belmont

March 13-April 10*

Registration: $135; Student/Retired: $75; Low Income: $50

*Conversation is asynchronous  — participants are in different time zones, and read/post messages on their own schedule.

Click here to register

Once the almost exclusive domain of artists and the academy, the public discourse on creativity is now filled with the voices of community organizers, entrepreneurs, educators, therapists and others exploring what creativity is and how people develop as creative agents of social change. In this online creative conversation led by educator and community organizer Gwen Lowenheim and musician/composer David Belmont we will look at how the latest discoveries in creativity, play, music, visual arts, theatre and improvisation can inspire creative community and social change.

Injustice: It’s Not Just Us- Panel Discussion, Manhattan Young Democrats

MYD Panel Discussion — Injustice: It’s Not Just Us
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7pm
The National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue
Following the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, we will provide an opportunity to learn about what we can do to tackle racial injustice from well versed experts in politics, social and criminal justice. Confirmed Panelists:
  • Dr. Christina Greer, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, author of Black Ethnics and Political Commentator
  • Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons, Justice League Board Member and President of
  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Civil Rights Advocate

Additional Panelists to be Announced! RSVP here.

Women’s Therapy Center Inst. Presents Indwelling: Living in a Female Body

Honoree and guest speaker Danielle Sheypuk, Ph.D. Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships, intimacy and sexuality, particularly among members of the disabled community. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being.
In her innovative private practice, which uses Skype-based therapy sessions specifically for people with disabilities, she treats a variety of mental health issues, with a special focus in the areas of dating, relationships and sexuality. For more information, visit

–News from ENDANGERED BODIES NY. In March, 2011, The WTCI convened an international summit – Endangered Species: Preserving The Female Body. Out of that, the Endangered Bodies Campaign was launched- partnering with like-minded body positive organizations (now in 8 different countries) who are engaged in the the same fight to free women’s/girls’ bodies from commodification and objectification.

–For the last 30 years, The WTCI has offered a Speakout, a time honored traditional forum for women to find their individual voice and share experiences, allowing the personal story of each woman to be heard, dignified, and transformed by our coming together.


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friends Meeting House
15 Rutherford Place @ East 15th St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves
(a short walk fr/Union Square) Registration: $30 / students, $20
Send-A-Sister Donation $25
All are welcome and underwritten tickets are available. Contact

The International Conference on Masculinities in NYC

Kimmel Masculinity Conference 2014

Conference site




4/12-4/14 Annual CLPP Conference: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

Paradigm Shift NYC is proud to co-sponsor for our 6th year!

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom


April 12-14, 2013

CLPP’s annual conference connects activists from across the U.S. and internationally to build a stronger movement for reproductive justice and social change. We support intergenerational dialogue, encourage youth leadership, and foster cross-movement collaborations. Through plenaries, workshops, panels, and trainings, speakers will highlight successful examples of activism and illuminate how struggles for reproductive and sexual rights are intricately linked to movements for economic, social, gender, and environmental justice.

“The conference is the most wonderful space that exists anywhere. It is so valuable and I learn new things every year.”  – 2012 participant

Register and Program Info:

National NOW Conference 7/5-7/7: Seeking Workshop proposals & registration open

2013 National NOW Conference
Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7

Register for the Conference!
Visit the 2013 conference website to register, arrange your stay, and sign up for conference email updates.

YOU could be part of the conference program! Workshop proposals are due by April 5 (next week!), so please make it a priority to organize your panels and submit online proposals by that deadline.

More information will be available soon on the 2013 conference website.

Phenomenal Women MARCH 26 – APRIL 19 at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery

Lannie Hart

Phenomenal Women


Opening Reception: Thursday March 28th, 5-8pm Open House: Saturday March 30th, 4-7pm

SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY 547 West 27th St. Ste. 301
NY NY 10001

Above: Adam & Eve, oil and collage on canvas with brass and aluminum, 40×45 inches, 2013 SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery is pleased to present Phenomenal Women new paintings

and sculptures by artist Lannie Hart.

William Blake said that poetry and art are ʻways to converse with paradiseʼ. In Lannie Hartʼs exhibition she attempts to connect one paradise with the other. Hartʼs surreal painting “Emilyʼs Garden” relates to not only the series of garden poems by Emily Dickinson but to the soul of Dickinson as she vomits flowers. Her “Adam and Eve” painting evokes the image of Eve, the naive victim as depicted in the poem by Ralph Hodgson, and also Derek Walcottʻs poem which presents Eve as Adamʼs death. With Allen Ginsbergʼs epic poem “Kaddish”, Hart stretches for the depth of mourning in her sculpture,of the same name. She takes the humor of Billy Collinsʼs “Taking Emily Dickinsonʼs Clothes Off” and turns it into a painting about peeling off the layers of Dickinsonʼs insecurity. The painting “Womb” relates to a poem about a

womanʼs desire to tell the child she has aborted that she loves it. Her steel sculpture “Virgin of the Apocalypse”, influenced by a haiku by Scott Mason, gives us a Madonna with a glass heart and stigmata.

In all of Hartʼs latest work she continues to explore the image of women and how they are perceived by society as portrayed in myth and legend. The paintings are oil and collage on different surfaces with fabricated brass and aluminum frames. The sculptures consist of different fabricated metals, polymer clay and found objects.

Lannie Hartʼs career as an artist began in the fine crafts area as a soft sculptor, which culminated in a two-person show at Julie Artisanʼs Gallery and inclusion in the classic book “Art to Wear”. She has shown at the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in NYC and at numerous juried craft shows. Her more current work has been shown at the Katonah Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA. Hart is also a graphic artist and ran her own graphic design studio in NYC for 15 years. She has traveled and worked in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Europe. This is her second solo exhibition at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery.

For more information please contact the gallery at 212.367.8994 or

Popping Into Abstraction March 26 – April 19

Patricia Espinosa

Popping Into Abstraction

March 26 – April 19, 2013 Opening Reception: Thursday March 28th, 6-8pm

SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 301 New York, NY 10001

Above: “Brote” (Outbreak), Mixed Media 12×12 inches

SOHO20 presents Popping Into Abstraction, new work by Patricia Espinosa, on view March 26 through April 19. The exhibition will feature large paintings and mixed media installations and works by the artist.

At the heart of Espinosa’s work and practice is a desire to strike a balance between natural dualities and to understand both the interconnectedness and contrasting nature of these elements.

While Espinosa has a long history with drawing and traditional fine art practices, she employs unconventional techniques and materials in her work to disrupt the canonical nature often found in contemporary art. Used either directly in the work or as a tool to facilitate her practice, items such as bubble wrap, coffee stirrers, ping pong balls, hoops, and various household objects play an important part in Espinosa’s creative process. She explains, “The use of non-art materials in art practice frees the artist from the heaviness and expectation that art materials carry”.

In “Sueño de Luto” (Mourning Dream) Espinosa combines mono print and painting, mapping out layers of black, white and gray in rhythmic but chaotic pattern. References to grid-like order and organization are offset by a sporadic bulge or dissipation of pattern. Even the tightly stretched piece “El Atrapa Sueños” (Dream Catcher) juxtaposed with the hanging bubble wrap works in the show are orchestrated to bring a sense of equilibrium. Espinosa’s work acknowledges the harmony in destruction, the loss found in growth and the light found in darkness. One gives rise to the other.

Patricia Espinosa is a Mexican-born artist living in New York City. After completing her BFA at Universidad de las Américas in Mexico in 1996, she moved to New York City to earn her Masters in Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design. In 2005 Espinosa joined the Art Student’s League of New York where she studied under the guidance of Nicki Orbach, Kenneth McIndoe, Mariano Del Rosario and Bruce Dorfman. She currently works from her studio in West Harlem. This is her first solo exhibition with SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery.

For more information please contact the gallery at or


CONNECT Training on Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections

Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections

4/5/13, 4/12/13, 4/19/13, & 4/26/13

9:45am – 5:00pm

CONNECT’s four-day intensive workshop on the fundamentals of domestic violence (also known as Intimate Partner Violence).  CONNECT staff and guest speakers discuss the types, tactics, and dynamics of abuse emphasizing the intersections between intimate violence and the many health and social justice issues affecting New York City’s communities.

Topics include:

  • Why men batter and abuse,  
  • IPV related trauma and vicarious trauma 
  •  the impact of intimate violence on women and children
  • How culture and faith shape our responses to domestic violence 
  • How intimate partner violence affects LGBTQ relationships  
  • domestic violence and HIV/AIDS  
  • Domestic Violence and substance abuse 
  • The navigation of social service and legal systems.
  • Safety Planning  

Materials fee is $200 per participant.  Sliding scale is available, organizational budget will be required for sliding scale eligibility.  Go to or call (212) 683-0015 ext.215 for more course information.  CLICK HERE to enroll.  Understanding Domestic Violence is the prerequisite course for all CONNECT Training Institute courses.

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