Welcome! About Us

 

WomanKraft is a recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Arts Organization.

Address:  388 S. Stone AvenueTucson, AZ 85701

Phone:520-629-9976, ext. 2

The Gallery is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-5pm. We welcome your visit. 

The Gallery is closed during January and August. For more information, please call 520-629-9976, ext. 2 during business hours, and/or leave a brief message. Thank you. 

WomanKraft’s Officers, Board Members, Directors and Coordinators are listed below:

Officers: 

President – Lydia Phillips

Vice President – Ingrid Aspromatis

Treasurer – Gayle Swanbeck

Secretary – Nancy Martin

Board Members:

Ana Maria Yañez

Darlene Kirk

Debra Jacobson, PhD.

Gerrie Young

Gwen Moore

Joanne Pritzen

Jordana Silvestri

Mary Lou Griggs

Nicole Young

Terri McGuire

Directors and Coordinators:

Director of Exhibits, School of the Arts, and WomanKraft Business – Gayle Swanbeck

Director of Membership Services – Barbara Achord

Coordinators of WomanKraft Mailing List, Database, Website, Social Media, and The Castle Voice newsletter – Geno Davis, Jonathan DuHamel, and Mary Lou Griggs

Herstory

“WomanKraft is where dreams you didn’t even know you had, come true.”

—- Lois Stuart

New scan of old picture

About WomanKraft, former Senator, Paula Aboud said, “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)

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 tis non-profit Arts Organization. 

In 1979, WomanKraft started the Community Artist Project, and received federal funds through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) during which we sent artists out into the community to work with special populations, such as prisons, mental health units, 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, AZ, and is the only one remaining in the downtown area. At the original 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 Queen Anne 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, classrooms, and beautiful grounds. 

Our organization is membership-based, grass roots, service-oriented, and friendly. All artists and art-lovers who think 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 three days a week and has an evening reception for each of the five shows we offer in a year. All are welcome to attend. 

The primary funding sources are individual contributions and earned income. However, crucial and prestigious grants over the years have included 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, IBM, The Tucson Community Foundation, Tucson Cable Corporation, Gannett Foundation, and more… 

The Front Gate - Metal Work by Josh Smith

7 Replies to “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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