Welcome! About Us

WELCOME TO WOMANKRAFT!

“WOMANKRAFT IS WHERE DREAMS YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU HAD, COME TRUE”
LOIS STUART

WomanKraft is a recognized 501(c)3 Non-Profit Arts Organization located at 388 S. Stone Avenue in Tucson Arizona. (520) 629-9976

WomanKraft Art Center was founded in 1974 to claim, validate, and empower women artists and other under represented groups.

New scan of old picture

The Castle (shown) was built in 1918, purchased by WomanKraft in 1992, and now houses its Art gallery, WomanKraft School for the Arts, Community Outreach projects, and The Sanctuary (an all natural beauty salon).
The Castle is located at:
388 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
You can call WomanKraft at 520-629-9976.
There are many wonderful offerings at WomanKraft.
We welcome you to visit.
The Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm.
Receptions first Saturday of the month 7-10pm.
For more information, please contact:
(520) 629-9976
Directors and Coordinators at WomanKraft
Grace Rhyne- Executive Director  629-9976 x1
Gayle Swanbeck – Director of The School of the Arts, Co-Director of Exhibits     629-9976 x2
Zoe Rhyne  – Director of Exhibits, Castle Voice Editor 629-9976 x3
Jonathan DuHamel- Newsletter Coordinator

Officers
Lydia Phillips, President
Ingrid Aspromatis, Vice President
Nancy Martin, Secretary
Gayle Swanbeck, Treasurer

Board Members
Jordana Silvestri
Giga Soto
Joanne Pritzen
Ana Maria Yañez
Debra Jacobson Ph.D
Gerrie Young
Ingrid Aspromatis
Daniel Reichel
Darlene Kirk
Grace Rhyne
Joshua Smith
Paul Brunelle
Terri Mcguire
Zoe Rhyne

About WomanKraft, Senator Paula Aboud says “They have built a community-friendly cultural enterprise that is a model of both creativity and stability, consistently empowering and inspiring women artists for well over 30 years, a remarkable feat in such a transient society.”
“I truly appreciate all of the opportunities being a part of WomanKraft has provided for me.”
Traci Kelly (pictured above)

Herstory

Kraft with a “K” means power in German.  In 1974 the founders of WomanKraft chose this name to claim, validate, and empower the cultural contributions of women and incorporate this non-profit Arts Organization.

In 1979 WomanKraft started the Community Artist Project and received Comprehensive Education and Training Federal Money to send artists out into the community to work with special populations, such as prisons, mental institutions, special schools, senior citizen centers, and other social service places.

In 1986 WomanKraft was one of the first three Arts District Pioneers in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and is the only one remaining in the downtown of  the many that developed the concept.  At the leased space we created a gallery and events center.  The area developed and we lost the lease in 1992.  We wanted to stay in the Arts District and decided equity was the only practical answer for artists.  On December 1, 1992 we bought with little money and big dreams, a condemned 1918 Victorian charmer that is now our WomanKraft Castle Art Center for Art, Education, and Culture.  Today the 7,840 square feet houses a gallery, studios, class rooms, has a flowery yard with butterflies and hummingbirds in the trees, and parking.

Our organization is artist membership based, grass roots, and service oriented and friendly.  Anyone who thinks they can give and receive value from being a member is welcome to join at $30 a year.  Skill sharing, communication about the arts, and promoting the value of the creative process are important aspects of the organization’s mission.  All artists whether members or not may apply for inclusion in most shows depending on show themes.  Artists may also propose show themes.

The gallery is open to the general public 5 days a week and has 2 nighttime receptions for each show. All people are welcome to attend.

The primary funding sources are individual contributions and earned income.  However, crucial and prestigious grants include:  the City of Tucson Back to Basics, The Richard Grand Foundation, CETA, NEA, Community Services Block Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson Pima Arts Council, The Southern Arizona Women’s Foundation, The American Association of University Women, The Every Voice in Action Foundation, The Arizona Women’s Fund, I.B.M., The Tucson Community Foundation, Tucson CableCorporation, Gannett Foundation and more.

The Front Gate - Metal Work by Josh Smith

7 thoughts on “Welcome! About Us

    • paul

      Hello Annie,

      Thank you for your interest in our organization. We are always looking for people to be involved in our shows and gatherings. Please take a look at the upcoming events in our current Castle Voice Newsletter
      If you would like to help out at one of the events, come down and introduce yourself at our upcoming events or visit the gallery Wed-Sat 1-5PM at 388 S Stone Ave Tucson, AZ 85701.

      Paul

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