W.H.A.M. 2022

Banner reading W.H.A.M. 2022 Women's History Artist Month Festival March 1-31 goddard.org/WHAM. Proceeds Benefit Performing Arts Conservatory.

Thank you for joining us for the 7th Annual W.H.A.M. Festival!

See you next year! Stay tuned at www.goddard.org/wham


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. Join us this year for W.H.A.M. 2022!

Now in its seventh year, the Women’s History Artist Month festival — W.H.A.M. — showcases a wide range of local independent artists and helps raise vital funding for the Performing Arts Conservatory. This year’s W.H.A.M. festival will be taking place at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center unless otherwise noted in the Calendar below.

The 7th Annual W.H.A.M. Opening Reception was held on Wednesday, March 2nd. Guests were able to get the first look at our W.H.A.M. 2022 Art Exhibit – Women’s Work: The Challenge of Making Our Mark – with work from 19 women and celebrate the start of the W.H.A.M. season.

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 W.H.A.M. 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.

All proceeds from the W.H.A.M. festival go toward supporting the artists and the Performing Arts Conservatory. 

W.H.A.M. 2022 Calendar of Events

Women’s Work: The Challenge of Making our Mark –the W.H.A.M. Art Exhibit 2022 – presents a group exhibition of artwork from 19 women from Tuesday, March 2nd – Thursday, March 31st.

Thank you for joining us at the 7th Annual W.H.A.M. Opening Reception held on March 2nd!

Stop by the Bernie Wohl Center on our open viewing days to enjoy the artwork! Please note, walk-ins are only accepted on Open Viewing Days at the Bernie Wohl Center. View our Open Viewing Days.  

All the artwork displayed is for sale! All proceeds go toward supporting the artists and the Performing Arts Conservatory.

March 5th at 2 PM

Stone Soup Cooking Class with Farm Arts Collective was held on March 5th. This event was a live theatrical cooking show for families that makes cooking with seasonal veggies fun and accessible for all!

Chef-actors, Jess Beveridge and Tannis Kowalchuk prepared 4 farm fresh dishes with a sprinkle of song, dance, and an assortment of veggies.

March 16 at 6 PM.

Held on March 16, Laura Caparrotti told the fascinating story of Adelaide Ristori (January 29, 1822 – October 9, 1906), the first real Italian Diva, known and venerated worldwide. 

Produced by Kairos Italy Theater.

March 19 at 2 PM.

Held on March 19, City Stories of the Upper West Side and Beyond celebrated new and familiar places, pleasures, and possibilities.

Audience members discovered new joys and memories in this prose and poetry reading about urban life. Three urban writers shared their Gotham stories.

March 24 at 7:30 PM.

Held on March 24th, Baggage from BaghDAD was a gripping one-woman show about an inspirational journey that mirrors today’s growing intolerance of race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Written and performed by Valerie David.

March 30 at 7:30 PM

Soprano Cheryl Warfield presented “A Tribute Concert to Leontyne Price,” the trailblazing operatic soprano in an evening concert of arias live-streamed from Chicago on March 30th.

The virtual opera concert paid homage to legendary Prima Donna Assoluta Leontyne Price in a program of arias by Verdi and Puccini combined with a dramatic narrative based on the life and career of Leontyne Price.

Held from February 24th to March 6th, Hudson Classical Theater Company, known for reinvigorating classical works, presented their adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice!

Full of excitement, humor, and romance, audience members enjoyed this enduring love story from Jane Austen where the fate of five Bennet sisters depends on an advantageous marriage. The costumes, the dancing, and superb artistry of the production swept audiences away to Regency England!

March 8 at 6 PM.

A Book Chat with author Sophie Brickman was held on March 8, 2022, at 6 PM.

Baby, Unplugged: One Mother’s Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age is a candid, often hilarious search for balance, reason, and sanity in the age of tech-driven parenting.

March 18 at 7pm

Held on March 18th, female voices celebrated their love and sensual adventures through the diverse interpretations of lovers songs from Penelope and the Geese.

With Adriana Valdés, Alma MićićJoy Jan JonesKamala Sankaram, Lauri Galbreath, Lili Ostojić Gibson, Melanie Mitrano-DuffyMilica ParanosicShelly Watson, and hey, why not you, our beloved audience!

Held on March 23, Goddard Riverside had an exciting conversation with Annette Bay Pimental, the winner of the 2021 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice, about her book Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpre Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories.  

The book captures the exuberant spirit and passion of Pura Belpré: celebrated storyteller, author and folklorist, and the first Latina librarian in New York City.

March 26 at 2 PM

Thank you to all who joined us virtually to learn more about the special youth arts education initiative that proceeds from the W.H.A.M. Festival help make possible! The Performing Arts Conservatory Celebration presented by Conservatory co-artistic director Michelle Cave took place on Saturday, March 26th at 2 PM.

Program participants past, present, and future — and their family and friends — had a chance to connect and celebrate the creativity, dedication, and impact that makes the Conservatory such a unique experience.

Held on March 29th, Women at the Cross Roads: Senior Stories was made possible by producer, writer, and filmmaker Caytha Jentis of Fox Meadow Films.

Audience members enjoyed a diverse collection of older female writers and artists sharing their personal stories.

In this Moth-style format, artists delivered monologues on themes of life, laughter, love, and everything in between!

March 31 at 7:30 PM.

Held on March 31st, a staged reading of GLOBAL EXCURSIONS by Maxine Kern.

Suddenly fainting on a subway platform between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, Lily takes an unexpected “Global Excursion.” Her mind bridges the past and present as it “unspools” like an old-fashioned movie reel.

Produced by the 29th Street Playwrights Collective.



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