Creating & Maintaining Safe Spaces for Women’s Voices
Moderator Ana Ammann, Publisher, Oregon Music News
Ana Ammann is a marketing expert, publisher of the music magazine Oregon Music News, and passionate advocate of women in the arts. Working with individual artists and groups to create visibility and equal opportunity for women in creative fields, she has served as founder and advisor to a number of women’s arts organizations including: Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, ROCKRGRL Conference, Siren Nation, POWFest and WomenArts. She is currently working with recording artist MILCK to build the social movement #ICANTKEEPQUIET born out of the viral reception of MILCK’s song “Quiet” – an outward expression written to heal her own history of physical and sexual abuse that became the unplanned anthem of the Women’s March.
Carolyn Butts – African Voices & Reel Sisters of the Diaspora
Carolyn A. Butts is the publisher/founder of African Voices, a leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to presenting fine art and literature by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2017. She has worked on many projects to increase the visibility of African-American artists in literature, film and art, is the founder the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and the Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), an annual Brooklyn-based festival that highlights opportunities for women of color in the film industry. She is a behind-the- scenes newsmaker and organizer who has organized events with such prominent guests as Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison, actress/activist Ruby Dee, jazz legend Nancy Wilson, actor Laurence Fishburne, Mayor David Dinkins, Photographer Gordon Parks, poets Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez, actress Phylicia Rashad and award-winning authors Walter Mosley and Wole Soyinka.
December Carson – Siren Nation
December Carson is the co/founder of Siren Nation – a unique arts organization that showcases and creates performance and exhibition opportunities for women throughout the year. Siren nation the only women’s collective that produces an annual festival showcasing the original work of women working in music, film, performance and visual art. She has over 20 years experience booking, managing and promoting local musical talent. As the owner of Siren Music Company she helped create careers for musicians and bands around the country. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. December is a native Oregonian who enjoys eating at Burgerville, listening to old-time music and square dancing.
Andi Zeisler – Bitch Media
Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media. Her writing on feminism, popular culture, and media has appeared in Ms., Mother Jones, The New York Times, Salon, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her most recent book is We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement; she is also the author of Feminism and Pop Culture and the coauthor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine. She speaks about feminist media and activism at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
Chrisse Roccaro – Actor, ARTemis
Chrisse Roccaro is a professional in the performing arts and arts education, achieving success as a singer and actor on stage, TV, radio, and film, and adds vocal instruction, directing, musical directing, conducting, and teaching and performing improvisation to her list of credits. Chrisse has been a supporter of ARTemis: Advancing the Woman Artist (www.artemisarts.org) since its inception; is a longtime member/officer of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild (www.portlandcivictheatreguild.org); has served as a Local Officer and National Board Member for Portland in AFTRA, SAG and SAG-AFTRA; Board Member and Advisory Board Member for the Alliance of Professional Performers – Northwest (www.app-nw.org); is a member of Actors Equity Association & the American Guild of Musical Artists; conducts Blending Voices at Russellville Park Retirement Community; is currently musical directing “Annie, Jr.” at Five Oaks Middle School and “Shrek, Jr.” at daVinci Arts Middle School; and has been a volunteer facilitator at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children since 1997. Full bio and credits at www.roccaro.info.
MILCK – Singer
MILCK is a Los Angeles-based vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter who finds comfort in discomfort. Her songwriting and vocal style thrives on that carnal desire to win the battle against the darkness that threatens to oppress. Her song “Quiet” has been hailed as a new anthem after her flash mob performances at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in January 2017.