About Us

Welcome to the Siren Nation

Siren Nation is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Coordinators. Each Director and Coordinator is responsible for overseeing a particular facet of the organization, including but not limited to Logistics, Fundraising/Sponsorship, Grants, Outreach, Booking, Tech/Web, Volunteer Coordination, Communications and Design. In this regard our Board operates in the capacity of a rotating volunteer staff.

Siren Nation is a unique arts organization that showcases and creates performance and exhibition opportunities for women throughout the year. We are the only women’s collective that produces an annual festival showcasing the original work of women working in music, film, performance and visual art.

Contact Us
Address: PO Box 12110, Portland OR 97212
info@sirennation.com

Mission
Siren Nation’s mission is to inspire and empower women of all ages to create their own art and to highlight the many achievements of women in the arts.

Siren Nation promotes and showcases the original work of women artists by creating year round performance, exhibition and educational opportunities.

Values
Our organization values are to:

  • Provide showcasing opportunities for women artists to increase their visibility.
  • Expose audiences to a diversity of art by women working in film, music, visual and performing arts.
  • Honor and pay tribute to groundbreaking female artists of the past and present.
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration among artists.
  • Empower and inspire women and girls through educational opportunities.
  • Raise visibility and create dialogue about women in the arts.
  • Create community by bringing together diverse audiences.
  • Collaborate with and support like-minded non-profit and community organizations.


Leadership
Our leadership is comprised of women working in all aspects of the arts. We are artists, musicians, event organizers, business managers, promoters and publicists collaborating to share our knowledge through outreach programs in the form of free public workshops on a wide range of topics. We work towards creating a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and supportive arts community – facilitating connections between women artists, entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and community associations.

Siren Nation Executive Committee & Leadership Team

December Carson
Siren Nation’s artistic director and co-founder, December Carson, is a native Portlander who loves the city she grew up in. She has over 20 years experience booking, managing and promoting local musical talent. As the owner of Siren Music Company she helped create careers for musicians and bands around the country. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys eating at Burgerville, listening to old-time music and square dancing.

Mary Ann Naylor
Mary Ann has been part of Siren Nation’s leadership since 2007. By day, she is the communications manager for Oregon Tradeswomen, the designer and maker of Ladymade shrink art jewelry, and the creative force behind Church of Girl Records and Radio. One of Riot Grrrl’s daughters, she worked on a special project with Miranda July in the year 2000, attended the first Ladyfest in Olympia, WA, and was one of the original founding directors of Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls.

Board of Directors

December Carson – Board Member
Artistic Director

Bethany Tate – Board Member
Pudge PDX Cofounder and Coordinator
Bethany Tate is a freelance makeup artist, the founder of Pudge PDX, and is a disabled fat acceptance activist based in Portland, Oregon. She also runs Chunky Dunk PDX and enjoys organizing uplifting body positive photo shoots.

Mary Ann Naylor – Board Member
Graphic Designer

Ruth Oliver – Board Member
Storytelling Event Coordinator
Ruth is a humorist, artist, actress, occasional emcee and poet. Follow her PDX Bus Haiku on Twitter @BusHaikuMoonpie.

Jaclyn Evalds – Board Member
Visual Art Coordinator & Art & Craft Sale Coordinator
Jaclyn is a full time artist who moved to Portland in 2010 from Philadelphia. Her surreal portrait paintings explore an interest in folk art, spirituality, and women’s relationship to the natural world. In her free time, she cooks a mean curry, practices yoga, reads Psychology Today, and hangs out with her two monkey cats.

Ashley Brittner – Board Member
Workshops Coordinator
Ashley  is a DJ, journalist, painter, and writer from Missoula, MT. She ended up in Portland to intern at Bitch magazine. She loves karaoke, feminist critique, and pop culture. She is currently working on a piece (or five) of queer fiction.

Julieth Maya – Board Member
Visual Art Committee
Juliet Maya Buri is a visual and performing artist from Medellín,Colombia, where she trained as an actress in local academies and performed in local theater productions before focusing her artistic energy into visual art. She is also a marketing, outreach and communications professional living in Portland since 2009. Check out her visual art on Instagram: @mayacraftroom

Anina Bennett – Board Member
Story Telling Event Committee
Writer Anina Bennett is the co-author (with her husband, Paul Guinan) of the illustrated historical fiction books Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, about a 19th-century robot, and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, the generation-spanning tale of a family of steampunk inventors. She and Paul also created the Eisner-nominated science fiction series Heartbreakers, one of the first comic books to feature a team of female action heroes. Anina is a former comic book editor who managed titles for First Comics and Dark Horse Comics, among other publishers, and also has a background in business writing. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits and helped found Friends of Lulu, a 1990s organization dedicated to encouraging female comic book readers and creators. Originally from Chicago, Anina relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1991. Her work is on display at the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit “Comic City, USA,” through January 2017.  www.BigRedHair.com

Committee Members:

Visual Art Committee
Suzy LaRuffa, Lauren Carrera, Cate Anevski, Kelly Powers

Hospitality Coordinator
Holli Prohaska

Interns
* Would you like to learn more about interning for Siren Nation? Contact us to find out more!

Have a question about Siren Nation? We would love to hear from you! Please contact us!

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