this is how we do it.
Our event series, showcases, strategic collaborations and professional development programs that provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 1500+ emerging women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers per year. Attended by 17,000+ community members per year, all of our programs are open to the public and center around our core tenets: arts empowerment, diversity and equality, creative entrepreneurship, personal and professional curiosity and collaboration.
explore our programs:
craftHER Market is a biannual pop-up space, curated to amplify the talent and artistry of women and nonbinary makers in Texas. In its two years of production, craftHER Market has showcased more than 600 makers and seen 15,000+ attendees and 1,800+ applicants. Opening every Spring and Fall, 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 application information and upcoming market dates.
STATE OF THE UTERUS
State of the Uterus* (*uterus not required) is #bossbabesATX’s annual party for progress; together, we raise money for nonprofits invested in reproductive justice, menstrual health and community health, while dancing our butts off and learning about local initiatives. The party also serves as a moment to set an intention for the year, share educational resources and celebrate the hard work of our activist community. Click here for more information and upcoming SOTU dates.
SHE TALKS is a discussion-based personal and professional development series exploring diversity, equality and intersectionality at work, in our communities and in our relationships. 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 and more. All SHE TALKS are listed on our calendar.
BABES FEST is an ~ annual convening of minds ~ in Austin, Texas, celebrating and amplifying women and nonbinary artists. As a weekend-long exhibition, our performances, panels, pop-up markets, film screenings and networking hours span music, film, art, creative education and comedy. Click here for submission information and upcoming festival dates.
#bbatx community meet-ups
Every quarter in Austin,
Texas, we host a meet-up for members of the Austin community to discuss professional and personal development, business, civic engagement and the arts. These meets are town-hall-style, oriented toward networking, with 25 open mic announcements, a lineup of local vendors and a DJ'd dance hour. All meet-ups are listed on our calendar, hosted in February, May, August and November, and you can learn more about how they work here.
the center for self-organization
The Center For Self-Organization is an intimate learning experience and community, preparing creatives, business owners and community organizers to make better decisions on their own terms. This six-month intensive provides space, time and resources to those pursuing paths of leadership. Its courses explore identity, collaboration, sustainability, entrepreneurialism and developing a sense of personal and professional curiosity. This program is currently in testing phases and will be launched early 2020. Sign up for email notifications on this program here.
#WORK is a pop-up conference for creatives and entrepreneurs, exploring new ideas and approaches to creative and entrepreneurial work. As a biannual one-day event and ongoing workshops, this program’s panels, and sessions explore storytelling and marketing, personal and professional wellness, diverse and inclusive leadership, as well as business management and start-up know-how. Click here for more information and upcoming conference dates.
We annually work with 10 to 15, Texas-based women and nonbinary visual and musical artists to produce site-specific work, commissions and exhibitions throughout our programming and collaborations with like-minded collectives, institutions and brands. Through these residencies, we invite the public to learn more about their process, approach and sustainability of their practice. Meet this year's artists and learn more about how to get involved here.
want to learn from what we do?
We reproduce our personal and professional development programming for businesses, organizations and institutions interested in creating team learning moments our curating from our network to produce women-forward programs and events. Inquire about curatorial rates and consulting fees here.
our core tenets:
We work to promote the visibility and social/financial empowerment of new, emerging and re-emerging women and nonbinary people in the arts and various branches of creative activity. We believe in supporting creativity and self-expression to build culture and community.
Diversity and Equality
We provide a platform to address and combat issues that affect gender justice, like sexism, racism, inequity and violence, in the hopes that our community can make informed decisions (based on a variety of perspectives), while actively engaging with causes that matter to their communities.
We work to make concepts of entrepreneurialism and self-employment more accessible through workshops, affordable ongoing education opportunities and resource-sharing. As a rapidly growing sector of the United States economy, the support and continued growth of women-identifying and non binary business owners is paramount to developing a culture and society more equal for all.
Professional and Personal Curiosity
Our personal and professional development programming aims to introduce new ideas, prioritize informed decision-making and creative problem-solving, while facilitating employability and enhancing our community’s quality of life.
Our approach is distinctively collaborative. We work to build coalitions between pre-existing organizations and thought leaders that strengthen paths of accessibility for women and nonbinary artists, entrepreneurs and community organizers.