BEHIND OUR PRODUCTIONS
We host and develop a number of programs in Texas and nationwide—from meets to festivals to seminars and dance parties—each focused on creating and sustaining creative and entrepreneurial communities that offer equal opportunity for women and girls. In the last year, we've provided a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 900+ Texas-based women-identifying and non binary creatives, business owners and nonprofit leaders. Through these productions and our community development services, we also invite the community to explore how gender equality might benefit their own lives. Since we've been in operation, we've hosted more than 15,000 guests, and have worked closely with other organizations and thought leaders to continue pushing for gender equality. Our productions are centered around the following tenets:
Personal and professional development
Our personal and professional development programming aims to introduce new ideas, prioritize informed decision-making, facilitate employability, enhance our community’s quality of life and contribute to the realization of attendees’ ambitions and aspirations.
Our programming works to build coalitions between pre-existing organizations and thought leaders that strengthen paths of accessibility for women artists, entrepreneurs and community organizers. For this reason, all of our productions are nonpartisan, involve a number of partners and facilitate the distribution of community news, job listings and opportunities.
We work to promote the visibility and social/financial empowerment of women-identifying and non binary people in the arts and various branches of creative activity.
Civic Engagement and Organization
We work with other organizations to provide information on issues that effect women’s civil rights, like sexism, racism, gender inequity, violence, in the hopes that all may form their own opinions and actively engage with causes that matter to their communities.
Our workshops, discussions and professional development programming works to make concepts of entrepreneurialism and self-employment more accessible. As a rapidly growing sector of the United States economy, the support and continued growth of women-identifying and non binary business owners and entrepreneurs is paramount to developing a culture and society more equal for all.
#bbatx commmunity meet-ups
Every other month, we host a meet for self-identifying women to discuss professional and personal development, business, civic engagement and the arts. These meets are town-hall-style, oriented toward networking, with 30 open mic announcements, a lineup of local vendors and a DJ'd dance hour. Around these meet-ups, we produce our URL digital residency for women visual artists; we partner with six artists per year to provide visibility around their work and create site-specific installations at our meet-ups and events. We also host other industry-specific meets throughout the year, depending on the needs of our community. For more info, please visit our meet page.
At the start of ever year, we host Community Caucus, an annual gathering for activists, nonprofits and thought leaders to present issues, share ideas and discuss plans for effective change. Click here to submit an idea for 2018's Caucus.
#WORK is a pop-up conference for creatives and entrepreneurs. Produced by women for women, the one-day event has been designed as a space to share resources, new ideas and approaches to creative and entrepreneurial work. The event's panels, workshops and speaker sessions explore personal and professional development, marketing, business management and entrepreneurship. Sign up for more information.
Produced by #bossbabesATX, BABES FEST is an annual comedy, music and film festival. Since we launched BABES FEST in March 2016, we’ve been steadily showcasing self-identifying women artists in multiple industries. At our launch event at the Salvage Vanguard Theater in 2015, we curated 27 acts; at our 2017 festival, we presented more than 50+ artists in different mediums across three different venues. We believe BABES FEST’s blend of comedy, film and music provides a multi-industry, cross-platform experience for our community—one that allows for unexpected discovery, inspiration and wonderment. And if it’s not apparent, we include women in 100% of acts on the lineup. Learn more about BABES FEST in our interview with Texas Monthly.
"SHE TALKS" is a discussion-based personal and professional development series tackling everything from finances to intersectional feminism. Some of our SHE TALKS events directly fundraise for fellow, local nonprofits, while others are hosted in collaboration with other organizations. In the last two years, we've hosted SHE TALKS discussions with the YWCA, Life Works, Austin Design Week, General Assembly and more.
URL IRL artist residency
We annually work with six, Texas-based women-identifying and nonbinary visual artists to produce site-specific work, commissions and exhibitions throughout our programming and events. Through these residencies, we invite the public to learn more about their process, approach and sustainability of their practice.
crafther MARKET AND MEETS
craftHER Market is a biannual pop-up space, curated to amplify the talent and artistry of women craft artisans and makers in Texas. In its two years of production, craftHER Market has showcased more than 300 makers and seen 7500+ attendees and 800+ applicants. Applications open every summer and fall, and all applicants (regardless of acceptance) are included in craftHER networking meet-ups and considered for free #bbatx vending opportunities in other productions. Click here for more details.
STATE OF THE UTERUS
At the beginning of each calendar year, we host State of the Uterus* (*uterus not required) to renew our community and the general public's commitment to activism and civic engagement. As an annual dance party, State of the Uterus fundraises for #bbatx and five other nonprofits; the party also serves as a moment to set an intention for the year and celebrate the hard work of our activist community. Check out our inaugural SOTU here.
MEET HER HANDS
Every summer, we partner with the Elisabet Ney Museum to produce MEET HER HANDS, a free series featuring three Texas-based, women-identifying visual artists. The 3-part program features an intimate tour of the Elisabet Ney Museum, three site-specific installations and a discussion with Austin women artists about their work, their inspiration, and their process. This series is free and open to the public.
OUR INITIATIVES and Services:
Our free community news page features events, job opportunities and relevant information for women in the #bossbabesATX Austin community (unless otherwise indicated, these events are not produced by #bossbabesATX.). This information is delivered in a weekly digest. You can sign up for this newsletter here, and submit your events/news for free to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-branded POP-UP Events + promotion
We regularly work with sponsors and partners to promote, curate and produce pop-up events, showcases, exhibitions and concerts. Interested? Check out our previous sponsors and partners.
We regularly work with businesses, organizations and institutions as consultants on inclusivity, diversity, the arts and creativity for events, hiring practices and marketing efforts. With our large network of women artists and creative entrepreneurs, we keep a running inventory of women-owned spaces, businesses and companies, as well as a roster of women-identifying speakers, makers, bakers, bloggers, creators, workshop hosts, etc. Inquire about consulting rates and fees.