While summer is still very much on most people’s minds, U.S. 1 is already thinking about autumn and winter. That’s because we are in the process of planning our annual Fall Arts Preview on Wednesday, September 11.
The process actually started months ago when several of the region’s organizations sent out the first wave of press releases to make sure we could log the information in our calendar database and even consider writing a feature story.
And once again we were struck by the region’s cultural richness: world-class theater and music organizations, prominent museums, and venues presenting cutting-edge dance companies.
But equally important are the artists and arts producers living in our midst and laboring to develop audiences for art events ranging from street art to classic opera to digital sculpture.
And since we frequently get calls from artists or organizations on how to submit event information to U.S. 1 (and other publications), here’s a brief tip-sheet:
Just send a simple calendar listing or press release to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The calendar listing is just the simple who, what, when, where, cost, and contact info.
The press release is a one or two page text where the above info is written in sentences and paragraphs and the subject is explained in more detail. An attached simple bio and/or statement may be helpful but not necessary.
Then also send high resolution photos to represent the event and to attract the reader’s attention. Please note that Facebook and website images often do not work. And please make sure there is a clear description of who or what is in the photograph.
Send that information as soon as possible so it can be logged into the community calendars and alert the editors to potential stories — at least two weeks ahead, and at least a month ahead to be considered for a story.
So don’t let the August weather stop anyone planning a fall or winter event. We’re waiting for your information and ready to start a new season — together.
To the Editor: Paulsdale Is Not Alone
Although your article about Paulsdale (U.S. 1, August 21) calls it a rare historic site that celebrates the work of a woman, quite a few homes of the suffragists and significant places in their lives have been preserved as historic sites. Among them:
• Susan B. Anthony’s home in Rochester, NY.
• Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home at the Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, NY, where her collaboration with Lucretia Mott on the Seneca Falls Convention is memorialized.
• Matilda Joslyn Gage’s home in Fayetteville, NY.
• Carrie Chapman Catt’s home in Charles City, Iowa.
• Frances Willard’s home in Evanston, Illinois.
• Mary Church Terrell’s life is celebrated with an exhibit in the lobby of a business in Washington, D.C., the site of a former department store where she led a civil rights protest.
• Alice Paul’s work is also the backbone of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, housed at the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party in Washington, D.C.
• Lucy Burns’ life and work is the focus of a new museum opening this January in Lorton, VA, at the site of the former Occoquan Workhouse, where the suffragists were jailed for picketing the White House.
With the 100th anniversary of women gaining the vote coming up in 2020, many museums and organizations in Washington, D.C., are hosting suffrage exhibits, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the National Portrait Gallery. I am writing a book about the suffragists and trying to get around to all the historic sites. It’s a challenge!
Nancy B. Kennedy