Sisterspace Festival Celebrates 35 Years
Mazzoni Center is proud to be a sponsor of SisterSpace Weekend, one of the longest-running women's festivals in the country, is celebrating 35 years of empowering women through art, music and education in September 2012. This year's festival falls on the weekend of September 7th-9th and features a diverse and powerful lineup.
Sisterspace was launched in 1977 in the Pocono Mountains as an outlet for women to learn self-defense and, over the years, it took on an expanded mission and look. These days the festival takes place at Camp Ramblewood, "a unique rustic resort" located in Darlington, MD, that offers 200 scenic and private acres - a safe haven in which to get away from it all
“Sisterspace was created to fill the basic need for women to protect themselves in their lives. It started at a time where it wasn’t really OK to be out and when women were more spread out and not as much a part of a community,” Sisterspace President Jordan Pascucci recently told the Philadelphia Gay News. “But from that, it grew into something much, much bigger because it was clear that this was fulfilling a need in women’s communities, especially the lesbian community, for women to have a place to be themselves among other women.”
Several members of Mazzoni Center’s staff will be attending, staffing, and/or performing at the festival this year – including ITTechnician Carly Marcoux and Open Door Therapist Julia Gottlieb, who will perform with their band The Pretty Greens as part of the daytime line up on Saturday. Wellness Counselor Kamilah Clarke takes the stage on Saturday night as her alter ego, DJ Ethel Cee, and will be spinning tracks from her latest release “Dirty Samples.” Case Management Supervisor Kate Gormley returns to coordinate sound and other technical elements for the festival’s performance stage. Case Manager Laura Sorenson is also volunteering to help with sound and set-up throughout the weekend.
If you’re headed to Sisterspace this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for Kamilah, who will have a women’s health survey for attendees to complete.
For more information about the event visit: http://www.sisterspace.org/index.htm