Every March, during Women’s History Month, Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program hosts an exciting month-long arts festival celebrating female artists and perspectives. Now in its sixth year, the Women’s History Artist Month festival — WHAM — showcases a wide range of local independent artists and helps raise vital funding for the Performing Arts Conservatory.

The Conservatory is an intensive summer arts education program for children ages 8 to 14. Our staff of experienced educators and professional artists teach discipline, confidence and creative thinking to the approximately 75 young people who participate each year. The funds raised during the WHAM festival provide essential support for the Conservatory and help make it truly inclusive by allowing us to serve all young people regardless of their experience or economic circumstance.

There is a suggested $10 donation for all WHAM events; you are welcome to contribute whatever amount is feasible for you. All proceeds from the WHAM festival go toward supporting the artists and the Performing Arts Conservatory. 

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1mar 7:00PM

WHAM 2021! Opening Night Reception

An exciting virtual celebration of visual art by female artists, curated by ArtSpeak Collective, “a global community welcoming artists, collectors, and everyone in between. We believe that art, in its many forms, saves us. Through art, we imagine the possibilities and shine a light where it is most needed.”

2mar 7:00PM

UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots featuring Dana Gae

UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots is excited to open the WHAM concert series with one of NYC’s most dynamic and creative vocalists, Dana Gae. Dana is a vocalist’s vocalist who seems to be able to impart any quality of sound or emotion.

5mar 7:00PM

Big Little Sis

Short happens, but what you do with it makes you tall.

Join us for a screening of Big Little Sis, an award-winning documentary from director Jody Prusan which was recently an official selection at the New York Women In Film & Television 2021 Online Shorts Festival.

6mar 7:00PM

An Evening with Cherub Improv

Cherub Improv leads a fun- and laughter-filled evening of unexpected stories and situations.

“We Wing It!” and we perform Community Service.

9mar 7:00PM

Women at the Crossroads

Producer, writer and filmmaker Caytha Jentis of Fox Meadow Films brings together a diverse collection of female artists to tell their personal stories. In this Moth-style format, artists deliver monologues on themes of life, laughter, love and everything in between!

10mar 7:00PM

A Conversation with Anne Kim

A Goddard Riverside Book Prize event. Proceeds go to social justice and advocacy work.

Join us for a conversation with Anne Kim, author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection. For the majority of young adults today, the transition to independence is a time of excitement and possibility. But 4.5 million young people—or a stunning 11.5 percent of youth aged sixteen to twenty-four—experience entry into adulthood as abrupt abandonment, a time of disconnection from school, work, and family

11mar 3:00PM

Versetto Libero, Free Verse

Bring a poem to the Versetto Libero session on Thursday, March 11th, and read it with a group of community members, poetry lovers and professional actors from the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY. The session starts with poetry readings, including pieces that have been translated into Italian, and then participants meet in small groups to explore and translate more poems, which are then presented to everyone. It is an uplifting, interactive and joyous afternoon!

13mar 7:30PM

Those Girls

Those Girls like to sing harmony and there’s lots of it in this special evening! With songs from a wide mix of artists, eras and styles, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, and Wendy Russell are four singers who put their own twist on arranging things.

16mar 7:30PM

Pecking Order

A big city love story … with hawks!

The fate of a pair of red-tail hawks (with the nerve to build a nest in a ritzy apartment building in NYC) is paralleled with the fates of the building doorman and his sister. Who determines the pecking order?

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective develops the voices of emerging, mature playwrights and is committed to gender parity in theatre.

16mar 7:30PM

UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots featuring Alessandra Belloni

Alessandra Belloni joins UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots host Kevin Nathaniel for an intimate evening of conversation and performance.

An award-winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Alessandra Belloni was born in Rome, Italy, and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture.

A woman holding a guitar 18mar 8:00PM

Home Sweet Home: A Concert with Linda Draper

Grab your popcorn and get ready for a cozy musical night in with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Linda Draper. She will sweetly serenade you with soothing sounds, straight from her heart (and living room) to yours!

19mar 8:30PM

The Ruthless Comedy Hour

Join us Friday, March 19th, at 8:30pm for the The Vaccinate This! Edition, featuring awesome guests Nancy Giles (CBS Sunday Morning, The Giles Files Podcast) and Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central, The Jackie and Laurie Show Podcast)!

21mar 2:30PM

Fachs & Figures: A Retrospective of the Careers of Cheryl Warfield

Soprano Cheryl Warfield reflects on her life as an opera singer, entrepreneur, educator, and director in a whimsical revue in word and song. She sings songs and arias that have influenced and defined her life in this exploration, accompanied by pianist Olga Gurevich.

25mar 7:00PM

Lady Capulet

LADY CAPULET follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th century Verona.

26mar 7:00PM

What They Said: The Most Memorable Quotes from the Past 20 Years

Hudson Warehouse brings together diverse female voices to express the word that have informed and influenced our world for the past twenty years. Quotes will be taken from the women and men who shaped our social conscience and mark how much we’ve changed – or not changed – from the year 2000 to now.

27mar 7:00PM

Junior Story Slam

Producer, writer and filmmaker Caytha Jentis of Fox Meadow Films curates an evening with young women storytellers.

30mar 7:30PM

UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots featuring Saco Yasuma

Saco Yasuma joins UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots host Kevin Nathanielfor an intimate evening of conversation and performance.

Saco Yasuma is a Japanese-born, New York-based composer, lyricist, singer, keyboardist, percussionist and former saxophonist.