Recent event in honor of 10 women in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Bridge Builders,” women who forge the essential connections between family, community, politics, economy, and culture – fly Away Productions – 10 Women

10 Women Campaign

The 2009 10 Women Campaign honors “Bridge Builders,” women who forge the essential connections between family, community, politics, economy, and culture – fly Away Productions – 10 Women

Straight-talk: this was simply the best organized and conceptualized event I’ve attended. It had warmth and connection, dignity, meaning and an absolutely appropriate ceremonial quality. Everything worked and I was so pleased, so proud to be part of it, right along with all my shyness!

– Kim Chernin, 2002 Awardee


The 10 Women Campaign is a biennial celebration of women whose work in law, politics, activism, business, philanthropy and the arts mirrors Flyaway’s mission:

• the integration of experimental forms with social and political content

• the empowerment of women where women’s voices remain an underserved element of public culture as a whole; and

• risk-taking as a way to expand women’s social, political and cultural identity.

The 10 Women Campaign builds a bridge between women in the arts and civic life. It is an evening of performances by Flyaway Productions and various guest artists and intimate, personal acceptance speeches by each of the awardees. Those who attend gain tremendous insight into the motivation and issues important to each woman that we honor. We also host a pre-event reception where guests are invited to meet and talk with the awardees face to face.

The 10 Women Campaign awards are presented by 10 leading women in the San Francisco dance/performance community. Through this aspect of the 10 Women Campaign, we are encouraging dance as a vehicle for community gathering. We also hope to bring visibility to female leadership inherent to (but often overlooked in) the Bay Area’s contemporary dance community. The 10 Women are nominated each year by the awardees from the previous year.

2009 Awardees:
Nadine Ghammache – Director of Individual and Community Giving, La Peña Cultural Center
Jewelle Gomez – Author, Activist and Director of Grants & Community Initiatives, Horizons Foundation
Susan Greene PhD – Break the Silence Arts Project
Karen Heisler – Co-owner, Mission Pie and Co-founder, Pie Ranch
Audrey Hudson – Pile Driver Journeyman, Pile Drivers Local #34
Dr. Rupa Marya – Physician and Musician/Rupa and the April Fishes
Beckie Masaki – Executive Director, Asian Women’s Shelter
Lara Mendel – Founder/Executive Director, The Mosaic Project
Mestranda Márcia “Cigarra” Treidler – ABADÂ-Capoeira San Francisco’s President and Artistic Director
Mable Yee – Founder and CEO,

The 2007 10 Women Campaign honored “Truth-Tellers” for their honesty, commitment to fight hypocrisy in their own sphere of influence and dedication to principled communication and service.

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