Holly Savas: Mom, Artist, VP Creative Action Network: An Artists’ Conduit for Change

I needed to use what I knew about working with big companies, my own company . . . to spread the word that art can change the world. . . Having something to do that spreads good in the world that makes me not focus on [my children] so much [so] that they can go out and do their own thing so they can become more autonomous in the world.

Creative Action Network (CAN) is the go-to online marketplace for social impact art and merchandise that supports independent artists and worthy social causes, via the products we sell on our website. We believe art can change the world, and it’s our mission to keep spreading that message while giving back to organizations we care about. 

Holly Savas is a mom, artist and VP of Brand, Art & Community at Creative Action Network. She’s a passionate supporter of artists and of universal arts education in schools and makes it her mission to raise awareness and give back to her community whenever possible. Her job at CAN is the perfect combo of all of those things rolled into one.

ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD…

Creative Action Network doesn’t keep their opinions to themselves, and neither should you! When it comes to speaking out about important issues like gun reform, racial justice and gender equality (just to name a few) they’re getting louder by the day.

Raising our voices together means we can create lasting change, and their global community has put together a beautifully designed collection of activist posters that gets our messages across, all the while supporting hardworking social organizations like The Dream Corps. Head to their shop for the latest and choose from thousands of posters depicting the causes you care about! ~ Team CAN

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Latest product (here are two): Mother’s Day 20% off sale starts 4/2  Green New Deal poster book that gives back to Sunrise MovementFeminist Socks including a new “Thanks Mom” variety 5-pack of famous feminist moms for Mother’s Day, with sales supporting UltraViolet organization

 Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th! Head to Creative Action Network for a collection of meaningful gifts that celebrate mom, including feminist socks (think RBG!) books that are chock full of beautiful activist art and so much more. Every gift supports a worthy social cause like women’s rights, the environment and civil justice. Take 20% off everything at CAN + free shipping over $50 until Mother’s Day.”


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Maggie Stern: Sock Art Celebrates the “Sole” of America

My socks celebrate women who have changed the world for the better and never gave up fighting for what they believed in: justice, honor, the right to vote, equal rights. I started with a stitched design featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who I wanted to honor because she is one of the great champions of equality in our time. Later, that stitched design turned into a manufactured sock.

MAGGIE STERN AND PHOEBE AT WORK

A children’s’ book writer, folk artist, and founder of Maggie Stern Stitches, a sock company featuring Stern’s illustrations of notable women — from Maya Angelou to Greta Thunberg to Gloria Steinhem.  On the sole of each sock Maggie stitches a quotation from the featured woman:  “I hope that their words inspire the wearer as much as they inspire me.”  A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to women’s organizations and other foundations whose work aligns with the ambitions of my heroes.  

Maggie Stern Stitches is a woman-owned and operated small business and we depend on our community, just like our community depends on us. With that in mind, MSS donates socks and proceeds from sock sales to non-profit organizations that respond to our world’s most urgent needs.

Feeding America 

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Together with individuals, charities, businesses and government they are working to end hunger in America.

First Responders Children’s Foundation

First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO (World Health Organization) is leading and coordinating the global effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic, supporting countries to prevent, detect and respond and insure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems.

Delivering Good

Delivery Good distributes new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, creating a simple and effective way to bring brand new merchandise to people in need across America.

Project Place

Project Place promotes a community of hope and opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources needed to obtain and sustain employment and housing in the Boston area.

350

An international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all, and creating a future that is just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of climate change.

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The Calamari Sisters: A Recipe for Coping with the Coronavirus

Feeling trapped during the COVID-19 self-quarantine? Here’s a pair of Italian Sisters, Delphine and Carmela, cooking up concoctions that will soothe your soul. Listen to their hilarious spin of how The Arts (and food) can cure what ails ya! 

The Calamari Sisters bill themselves as the only all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking cooking show around.  Delphine & Carmela Calamari are two plus size Italian sisters from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that began touring the country in 2009 with their stage shows.  Their irreverent comedy and outrageous kitchen antics have had people in stitches from California to Florida to Chicago to New York for the past decade.  They are currently in lockdown together and are looking forward to being with a live audience again.

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Paypal:  Email us at CalamariCookware@gmail.com telling us how many nurses you want to “adopt” and we’ll send you a PayPal request using that email address.

 

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COVID19 Can’t Stop The Arts!

Gary Morgenstein’s A TOMATO CAN’T GROW IN THE BRONX

by BWW News DeskBroadwayWorld.comApr. 14, 2020 TweetShare

While waiting for the post-COVID 19 premiere of their new funny drama about racial harmony A Black and White Cookie, Playwright Gary Morgenstein and Director Joan Kane are teaming up to present an exclusive live online reading of Morgenstein’s A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx at CreateTheater.com’s Monday Night Reading Series on Monday, April 27 at 7PM/EST, 4PM/PST. Please RSVP at info@createtheater.com

Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is a dramedy about a blue-collar family overcoming emotional warfare as they try leaving their crumbling Bronx tenement to fulfill the dream of an idyllic suburban home where tomatoes can grow.

The Monday Night Reading Series is produced by Off-Broadway producer, director and dramaturg Cate Cammarata for CreateTheater.com. It is dedicated to helping writers develop their work during the Covid-19 shutdown, and to creating an online theater community.

“Like my upcoming play A Black and White Cookie, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is an uplifting story of a dysfunctional family – forgive the redundancy – who overcome their fears and differences to find a way to come together. In these unsettling times, theater should light a path through the terror, through faith in ourselves and each other, aided by the timeless and approved treatment of laughter.”

Featured in the reading will be J. Dolan Byrnes*, Frances McGarry*, Devorah Brand Palladino, Nick Palladino, Chris Collins-Pisano* and Taylor Graves. Stage directions: Laura Varela. (*appears courtesy of AEA).