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[Press Release] FEM+FEST Announces New Director



FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Art Festival will return in the Spring of 2020.

Spokane, Wa (August 14, 2019) Spokane NOW, the Spokane chapter of the National Organization for Women, is proud to announce that Maureen Jones Smith is the new Artistic Director for the third annual FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Art Festival which will take place in the Spring of 2020.

Maureen is a fine artist whose work highlights injustices and successes concerning women's rights, as well as all forms of human rights. She is also experienced in festival planning and producing, graphic arts and working with non-profit organizations. She is on the Board of Directors for OutSpokane which plans and produces Spokane Pride. She also participates with many other events and organizations to promote intersectionality and acceptance within marginalized groups as well as within Society as a whole.

“We are very fortunate to bring Maureen into our FEM+FEST leadership team,” says Annette Farrell, a co-founder of the festival and the director of the 2019 FEM+FEST event. Kelly Rae Mathews was the director of the first Festival in 2018.

“Maureen is so passionate about incorporating art and activism into transformative community experiences. FEM+FEST is a volunteer organized event which continues to evolve into a complex, inspiring, creative experience for organizers, artists and audience members alike. Maureen really is the right person at the right time to lead the development and execution of our next Spokane Feminist Art Festival in 2020," Annette said.

As director of the Festival, Maureen will work closely with the team of volunteer organizers to plan and implement the 2020 FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Arts Festival, which will take place sometime in the Spring of 2020. In addition to selecting the date and venue, the organizers will also curate an exciting lineup of stage performances.


Empowering. Diverse. Intersectional. The vision of Spokane NOW's FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Art Festival is to present visual arts, spoken word, live music and other entertainment that highlights empowering and diverse representations of feminism in the Inland Northwest, and speaks to the importance of intersectionality as the new feminist paradigm.

During the winter of 2019/2020, an open call for art will be announced on the FEM+FEST Spokane Facebook Page, in our email newsletter, and at our website:

Contact: Annette Farrell,


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