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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Management & Technical Assistance

Mission: We provide much needed support to artists with family and job responsibilities by contacting venues, arranging performance schedules, finding grant money, providing advertising assist and provide free concerts in our community.

Results: Our local entertainment paper in 2005 has very few listing for women in the arts. Now in 2018 it appears to be evenly split. Also more and more producers and promoters are encouraging musicans to include women in the groups or events.

Target demographics: We support women in the arts

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 to 400 individuals

Geographic areas served: Cincinnati Ohio

Programs: by finding new venues, new ways of promoting and bringing in new audiences

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thoroughly love spending time with theses talented women listening to their excerpts and their music as well as seeing them excel in their writings and stories.
Hopefully they will be touched by the spirits to continue to write and compose. It is truly a gift for this talent.

B.J. S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just when I thought I was too old, not relatable, and that my words had no voice.. I met Bev Bowers of Women's Way! I stumbled into a gathering with my guitar slung around my shoulder and fear in my belly, fear for the unknown, when Bev told me; " We will make room for you". Though they had a full lineup, I was allowed to perform some original music for the people and was welcomed into the group, almost as if they had been waiting for me! In the years since, I've learned so much more about Women's Way and I'm proud to be a member! Bev Bowers continues to encourage all within her mighty reach, as well as has become a beacon of hope for all of us. Women's Way has encouraged me to be kind to myself, believe in myself, and extend a hand up to other women, in reflection of their purpose and goals.
I have since grown as a performer, writer, mentor, and successful entrepreneur with my eye on a limitless future! I had also given up on my work, my trade as a Union Painter/Paper Hanger of 45+ years. As you can see, one of my first customers , after returning to work, is the Director herself, Bev Bowers! She allowed me to bring 4 students to her home and complete a full 16 hour class in "How To Paint Like a Pro", over one weekend! I'm so grateful for her complete faith in me! I see this with everyone I've seen at Women's Way functions. Thank you so much for believing in me, and so many others!
In Humble GRATITUDE,
BJ STAHL

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I never knew if I belonged in a group such as this then I met Bev Bowers and so many others involved with Women's Way. With kindness always at the forefront I have been welcomed into this amazing circle of talented , caring, inspiring, and encouraging women. I've been to many events and have come away with a sense of belonging each and every time. I love the music, the writings, and the art I've been exposed to and/or part of. Thank you Women's Way for being a leader, in so many ways, for so many women.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe Women's Way of Ohio-Ky has provided an excellent avenue for women to have a voice & be heard through their various programs. The salons that I have attended on various topics opened possibilities for attendees in expanding beyond pasts that included abuse & neglect. These salons, concerts, involvement with documentaries about women, & the Swan Days have also given opportunities for creative expression, including dramatic performances, poetry & book readings as well as musical & visual arts. As a man, I can also say that having women's expression as the focus in their programs, Women's Way has given me the opportunity to listen to their voices, their experiences, their perspectives & perceptions to better understand & appreciate them - how they have, and continue to shape our culture in reaching higher levels of human potential.

Mary Pierce B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has amazed me for many years with its resilience, ability to create so much good with minimal financial support. I have attended salons, known many artists supported by Women's Way of Ohio-KY, and have witnessed the many threads of healthy expression and beauty woven into Cincinnati and No. Kentucky by this group. I recommend them highly

Nancy J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's Way of Ohio & Kentucky promotes and celebrates the creative work of women in the arts as musicians, writers, poets, essayists, novelists and actors. It fosters novices and veterans as women find their voices and support each other in workshops, salons and performances as we share our experiences and talents throughout the year. Collaboration is always encouraged. For example, A Festival of Words embraced more than 20 writers, musicians and actors at a downtown Cincinnati venue in late January and raised funds to benefit three non-profits including Women Writing for(a)Change, Women's Way and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music/ACTING.

Roberta S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's Way of Ohio-Ky provides our greater community with inclusive poetry events, concerts, and videos featuring the work of women film makers. My trio has been lucky enough to be featured at several of the nonprofit's SWAN Day events as well as one of the holiday programs. When I wrote my first chapbook, Women's Way gathered a diverse community together for my first-ever book launch event. This organization cares about women in the arts.
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Over the past several years, I have worked with Women's Way on several projects. These projects have created community, brought people closer together and closer to the arts. This is an organization worth supporting!

KireneJ

Client Served

Rating: 5

Women's Way of Ohio-Ky has done so much in this Tri-State area to educate, entertain, and encourage women. They offer a variety of ways to assist women in becoming the best they can be. Some of the ways are for providing funds to help women in specific projects in the arts. They also sponsor a number of events to show off the talents of local artists and entertainers. They work with other feminist groups such as Women Writing for a Change to benefit our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's Way is awesome. I just love attending their events,especially when they are held at Women Writing in Silverton. They are working to improve the lives of women through shared experiences, evening programs and daytime events and celebrations. I especially enjoy the readings and musical performances. Looking forward to another Swan Day in March.
~ Karen Jaquish, Attendee

1 Paulette M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Womensway is unique in Cincinnati with its mission to support female performing artists and to provide opportunities for women to share their creative talents and ideas. The salons I've gone to have been informative and moving, including this last one with author Heidi Bright sharing her journey of recovery from cancer. Last weekend's holiday concert program was wonderful, once again. It was a joy for me to have been included in the list of poets and performers for the evening, and Krista Detor's music, along with her commentary in between, was both entertaining and deeply resonant, as evidenced by the response of the audience. Womesway introduced this outstanding Indiana singer/songwriter to Cincinnati awhile back, and I'm so glad I got to hear her again!
-- Paulette Meier

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Client Served

Rating: 5

During my time living in Cincinnati, the Women Way Salon was an important source of support, entertainment and sociability for me and my late partner. I really missed the Salons when I moved to Lexington KY.

1 Marifran K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There have been many programs I have attended over the years. Salons, movies, lectures, and all were socially interactive, besides being educational. The most recent one was a lecture by Heidi Bright about cancer. It was part her inspiring story, part guest sharing cancer experiences, and part healing methods.

On one occasion, I have the privilege of sharing my story about growing up with mentally ill parents. There was lively participation and good attendance. I love what Women's Way is all about.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They hold many worthwhile events supporting women in the arts. Just participated in The Yearly Holiday Show, was very funny, entertaining and inspiring. They hold a SWAN day to support Women's art, music, writing, etc. Their salons are always interesting and well attended. They do so much for our community.

1 Sisie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved the Holiday program! The readings were funny and interesting and the music was Awesome!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bev Bowers is a terrific individual who has been bringing women together for years to provide support, encouragement, and sharing experiences. I value her energy, creativity, and role in Women's Way Inc. our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Moving to Ohio was in large part a disastrous decision for me, but Women's Way made it bearable - so much good music, great company, and uplifting activities - I am forever thankful to Bev Bowers and Women's Way for making sure I made heartfelt connections during my time in Cincinnati. A truly outstanding organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Womens Way offers music, theater, writing and dance programs in Cincnnati and Northern KY. It is a wonderful group with the Salons one the first and third Friday of the month.