The mission of Women Manifest is to:
- Celebrate and make visible the accomplishments of women in West Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles
- Create community and a month long calendar of Women Manifest events throughout the city
- Empower women and girls
Women Manifest is a volunteer group with the goal of including a diverse group of women and their perspectives, to create outstanding events during Women's History Month. Our goal is to include women in marginalized communities and transwomen as well as young women in this process. Our aim is to celebrate women in West Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles. The Women Manifest events will address a broad range of topics including but not limited to; Politics, Film, Theater, Dance, Art, Music, Literature, Poetry, Comedy, Television, Spirituality, Change, Choice, Business, Health, Wellness, Ritual, Families, Education, Technology, and Science. We hope to inspire galleries, bookstores, yoga studios, schools and other businesses to create their own events throughout the month that highlight what Women Manifest.
Tina Banchero is a feminist dance artist and activist. She began her activism for women and women’s rights while directing the Teen Reality Theater troupe for Planned Parenthood of Western New York. She toured and performed with the feminist based dance company the Dance Brigade for 15 years and co-founded and directed their award wining junior company the Grrrl Brigade. Tina has also directed and choreographed for the One Billion Rising events SF/Oakland, the opening ceremonies for the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and the Light in the Grove Benefit for the National AIDS Memorial. Other choreography credits include; Trolley Dances SF, the Porazone Music project, Scalpel the Musical, Malfa Music Videos and Devious Inc. Movies. Tina has taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Camps in Oakland and New York City and is currently a dance-teaching artist for the Gabriella Foundation of Los Angeles. She is committed to co-creating a world where women and girls have equal rights and full authority over their bodies.
Chelsea Asman, a native of Southern California, is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has danced with Invertigo Dance Theatre, Diavolo Dance Theatre's Education Company, METHOD Contemporary Dance Company and is currently a member of Kairos Dance Company. Chelsea has taught at Loyola Marymount University, Fullerton College, and Gabriella Charter School. She is a member of the dance faculty for The Gabriella Foundation, Downtown Dance and Movement and is the Committee Chairman of the Contemporary Modern Dance Cooperative. Chelsea has a background in fitness as a Master Trainer, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Exercise and Sports Training Association.
Brooke Mason is an Australian-born commercial and fine art photographer with a studio in West Hollywood. Mason’s work has been featured on covers and editorial spreads of fashion and lifestyle magazines worldwide from Marie Claire and Glamour to regional publications Angeleno Magazine and West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine. Mason is actively involved in the West Hollywood community. Her passion to bring women’s rights and female empowerment to the forefront is regularly depicted in her fine art photography. Mason hopes to influence public consciousness in the male dominated society of the United States to have a similar outlook as her birthplace of Australia. She believes in women having a voice, possessing equal rights and rising above the stereotypes to truly have choice.
Chelsea is a political organizer and community strategist. She has trained thousands of student leaders in organizing, lobbying and advocacy skills for the betterment of public education. In 2014, Chelsea was awarded the Community Ally award from Northern Arizona Pride Association for her work advancing LGBT issues. A member of National Women's Political Caucus and a Vagina Warrior, Chelsea works towards gender equity and advocates on behalf of feminist leadership. She works with the rebel-rousers at Beautiful Trouble to coordinate a creative action training program and supports campaigns for peace and demilitarization with CODEPINK: Women for Peace. An advocate for the women's self-determination, Chelsea is passionate about intersectionality politics, capacity building, and creative engagement.
Joie Estrella Horwitz is a southwestern artist with a diverse background in film and fine art. With a strong feminist lens, she has worked on female activist projects such as Recovering Irma: a Sundance DFP funded documentary as the Impact and Engagement Coordinator, as well as her first film, Under The Mesquite, which explores issues of domestic violence. Curator and coordinator for Sorry Archive (NYC) and The Brooklyn Rail magazine, Joie is no stranger to organizing dynamic large-scale events. With a sharp eye for style, and a fixation on the bizarre, Joie brings her unique angle to each of her projects. She is currently planning a screening event for Women Manifest to provide a platform for emerging female filmmakers to screen their work. View some of her projects at www.joie.ninja.