The Women’s Caucus has been a singularly important umbrella of support and concern for women artists in the US. Regardless of whether one is an active member or just a struggling woman artist, the fact that it is there, brings a level of consciousness into the art domain, that without would make everyone bereft.
~ Barbara T. Smith
WCA Lifetime Achievement Recipient, 1999
Women too numerous to mention served with me in the leadership of the WCA to grow it into a vital national arts organization.
~ Helen Klebesadel
WCA President 1994–96
WCA is powerful women committed to making a difference in the world and taking on a new role regarding women in the arts.
WCA President 2008–10
2023 NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP FEES
National Regular $60
Member-at-large without joining a chapter
National Regular $50
plus joining at least one chapter
(with current student Id or letter explaining hardship)
Lifetime Membership $750
Join WCA today to access all that we have to offer you!
MEMBERSHIP FEATURES & BENEFITS
- Access mentors, colleagues, and assistants through the online National Membership Directory
- Receive a monthly email digest Pulse
- Free Second Saturday Programs (a $200 value)
- List your website on the online WCA Member Gallery
- Opportunities to feature your art on the WCA homepage
- Take part in Regional and Inter-Chapter Activities
- Take advantage of national exhibition opportunities
- WCA Bi-monthly Art Book Club
- Apply for Chapter Development Funds, Chapter Matching Funds, or a WCA ConferenceTravel Scholarship
- Lead your peers and strengthen your professional skills
- Design, curate and realize exhibitions
- Advocacy for Women in the Arts
- Fiscal Sponsorship under 501(c)3, if you have a funding opportunity that requires non-profit tax-exempt status
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How to Join or Contact a Chapter?
Check the Chapter page from the Menu Bar: https://nationalwca.org/chapters/
See what Chapters are in your area. Click on the Chapter Website Links and find out what the chapters are doing. Chapters ususally list their Board and have contact emails posted. Contact them or email the National Admin to give you more information.
When you click the Join Button, it gets you over to the Memberclicks portion of the website to access the application form.
How can I apply to join at the Student/Subsidized level?
If you are a student or on limited income, WCA wants to make it easy to join–after you have paid your dues, email us a picture of your student id, or write us a short email explaining your situation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Subsidized/Limited Income fees are $45 if you join as a Member-at-large, meaning you are just joining the National Organization.
If you want to join a chapter, we reduce the fee to $35, and you choose a chapter. For instance, if Alabama Chapter dues are $15, your total will be $50. You can choose up to 3 Chapters.
I can’t remember my password. How can I log into my account?
Is there a Memberclicks Help Tutorial?
Yes, you need to log into the Member Portal and at the bottom of the landing page is a link to download the MC Help Tutorial.
The tutorial also has information about WCA’s structure and history and other important facts about your membership.
Does a $750 Lifetime Membership include Chapter Membership?
A WCA Lifetime Membership includes only the National dues portion. Each chapter has their own dues structure. In short, chapter dues need to be paid annually. Please let the admin know you want to join a chapter. Contact email@example.com
How can I submit to the Art Insights Blog?
We are looking for art writers, historians, artists, visual culture enthusiasts, curators, art educators, journalists, and art professionals to contribute to our national blog. We welcome reviews, first-person narratives, journalism, think pieces, and videos that explore art criticism, theory, education, and themes centering on women-identifying culture and current events affecting women artists.
We are always looking for reporting on: National or Global Art Events, Relevant Women’s History and Art History, Climate Change, Art and Technology, Art Criticism and Reviews, the Business of Art, Avant Garde or Visionary feminist criticism, Studio visit footage and 10 min and under Artist Interviews.
If you would like help with your idea or want to know if it is a good fit. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the blog page for more details and a PDF of themes https://nationalwca.org/art_insights/
If you have an abstract ready, submit from our contact page:
How can I post to WCA's Social Media platform?
Tagging an image #womenscaucusforart on social media will
post your image onto the WCA homepage social media wall.
To submit to our Facebook page or to Instagram, please submit from our contact page. https://nationalwca.org/contact/
How can I submit to Pulse?
Let us know about your or your chapter’s events—we will try
to post them to Social Media or publish them in Pulse, our
monthly newsletter. Submit from our contact page:
What is a WCA Pod?
A WCA POD is a casual and loosely structured group that convenes regularly around a chosen activity, such as an art share, studio tour, museum/gallery visits, book club, artist critique, or other related pursuits. Meetings can occur in-person or via Zoom.
A Pod operates similarly to a neighborhood book club, in that it is organized by its members and comprises people with similar interests, such as a particular genre of literature. No exchange of money takes place, but group members may take turns hosting gatherings, and the meeting time and place are agreed upon by the group.
One of the advantages of a Pod is its informality, making it easy to manage and requiring minimal volunteer effort to coordinate.
- To Start a Pod
- Any WCA member may start a Pod. That person will be the leader and report to the local or national board and must be a WCA member
- A name and intention must be decided on for the pod. It could be a geographical pod or a special interest pod
- Pod formation must be approved by the local or national board
- Set up a meeting time and location
- Invite WCA members to join
- Meeting organization/schedule is decided by the group
- Pod Members:
- All pods are started with WCA members
- Inviting non-members to attend a pod meeting is a great way to recruit new members.
- Pod Size:
- Pods are meant to be inclusive and not exclusive
- Two or more people are needed to create a pod
- The size of the pod usually depends on the size of the meeting space. For instance, meeting in homes may accommodate 5-10 people but size may not be a problem if the pod is meeting via zoom.
- Pod Leadership:
- Pods do not form boards or act as mini-chapters within WCA
- One person must be the leader/contact person and report to the local or national board
- A pod cannot fundraise, create their own bank accounts or engage in financial transactions
- A pod has no budget line item within any local chapter of national budget
- Pods cannot fundraise donations for other organizations
- Proposals for exhibit/programs/group activities must be made to the local or national board for approval
- Pod members must volunteer their time and work with appropriate committee chairs/board members to organize the approved activity
- Pods must operate in accordance with WCA Bylaws and 501c3 guidelines
- Pods cannot engage in lobbying activities, raise money or work with political parties or PACs. This is a 501c3 restriction
- WCA Mission Statement
- WCA pods must work within and be respectful of WCA’s mission statement: The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all.
- If you have any questions or would like to form a pod please contact Laura Morrison at email@example.com
Can I join a National Committee or the National Board?
WCA’s mission is providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development. If you want to join a committee or the board or have questions about serving at the national level, reach out to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The admin will connect you with the right person.
What is fiscal sponsorship? What does it mean for artists?
Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement between an individual or group and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Engaging with a fiscal sponsor enables artists and arts organizations to receive the benefits of a nonprofit – without the full legal and financial responsibilities of managing a nonprofit organization.
See the full application form at: https://nationalwca.org/fiscal-sponsorship/
Can sponsored artists receive donations through a Facebook fundraiser?
Facebook’s Network for Good platform can process donations to WCA ONLY. We are unable to disburse donations made through this platform towards any artists.
Women's Caucus for Art
PO Box 1498
Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013
c/o Karin Luner
131 Burnett Rd
Saugerties, NY 12477
Director of Operations