Maine Film Association Happy Hour with WIFVNE @ Rising Tide Brewery
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Maine Film Association members, Maine filmmakers, film professionals, and students for a casual networking happy hour with Women in Film & Video New England! Learn about these organizations’ resources that you can take advantage of, meet/catch up with others in the industry, and enjoy a cold Rising Tide brew. All are welcome!

Bring your business cards and enter to win a free year-long MFA membership.

2019 New England SAG Awards Viewing Party @ Laugh Boston
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tickets for members and guests are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Members and guests who are 25 years old and younger may purchase tickets at a special discount rate of 50% off the ticket price.

Ticket includes full dinner buffet, desserts, and door prizes. Cash bar available.

Dress: Festive – It’s a party! Come walk the red carpet!

Questions? Email

WIFVNE event: Picture Your Future  @ Arts at the Armory Cafe
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our faciliatator, Awet Teame, discovered vision boards from the movie The Secret and The Laws of Attraction. Awet has practiced the art of the Laws of Attraction for over ten years.

At this event, there will be time for socializing and networking, but there will also be a creative exercise for individuals to focus on themselves. Creating a vision board is a powerful tool to help manifest desires. The process of selecting desires on the vision board helps one examine one’s desires and make selections. The vision board can help one visualize the future, and remind one of one’s life goals.

Please feel free to bring:  A plain notebook or journal, tape, scissors, and magazines to cut out pictures, words, etc.   (WIFVNE will also have supplies on hand.)

Our facilitator: Awet Teame

Awet is an Eritrean-American Comic, Writer, Voice Over Artist, Radio Personality, and Actress.  She is currently an on-screen writer for TV One’s “For Your Man.” She hosted “The MoWet Show” on WZBR’s 1410am with Maurice Wilkey.  She was featured in the 2016 Ghostbusters (the deleted scenes) and was on two episodes of a comedy game show “Total Blackout” on the SyFy Channel.  She co-starred in an award-winning web series, “Paid For By”, and is currently a regular performer at “The Comedy Studio” and traveling for stand-up in multiple cities. Awet has earned a front end web development certification and was accepted to participate in the Hack Diversity Fellowship Program.  Find out more at

Our event host:  Arts at the Armory Cafe

The Café offers delicious espresso and other coffee drinks, Mighty Leaf teas, hearty sandwiches on artisan breads, fresh salads, savory soups, yummy baked goods, fine desserts and more.

Our event co-sponsor:  Somerville Media Center

Somerville Media Center (SMC) is a vibrant electronic media maker-space that exists to foster creativity, innovation and community expression through training, production resources and global distribution.

SMC is home to Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) Channel 3, Boston Free Radio (BFR), Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) and SMC Youth Media and fosters numerous collaborations with community partners.

WIFVNE event: Mindfulness, Movement & Creativity: Unlock your Inner Artist @ Brookline Interactive Group
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This 2 hour workshop will help you learn how use both mindfulness and movement to activate your creative process.

There are 4 key stages of the creative brain: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. The more effectively we move through these 4 stages the easier we generate and launch new ideas. However for most of us, creativity is not something we can turn on and off. It’s a space we enter into, sometimes inconsistently.

The stillness of meditation and the movement of yoga can help us develop space in our bodies and minds to allow us to more easily connect to our creativity. Better supporting each of the creative stages.

Creativity requires both freedom and constraint in our thinking. We will practice both throughout this workshop and provide tools for you to utilize at home after the workshop.


  • Brief Introduction to the 4 Stages of Creativity
  • Imagination Inspiring Yoga Practice
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation
  • Divergent Thinking Activity
  • Personal Goal Setting

Hosted by: Jeanne Dasaro and Quincy Yoga & Massage

Jeanne Dasaro is a social entrepreneur, artist, and community builder. In 2018, she co-founded Quincy Yoga & Massage, a South Shore wellness studio. Since 2010, Jeanne has served as the founder of the Wonder Women of Boston network, which helps women leaders, artists, and professionals of diverse backgrounds connect with and support each other. In 2013, Jeanne served as the Innovator-In-Residence at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Jeanne is currently the Executive Director of The Art Connection. She’s inspired by anything that emboldens us to take an interest and make a difference in our communities.

Event Host:  Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)

BIG is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub for Brookline, MA and the region. BIG facilitates diverse community dialogue, incubates and funds hyperlocal storytelling, arts, journalism and technology programs, and serves over 500 youth and adults annually through innovative classes and partnerships. BIG offers extensive trainings and high-quality filmmaking equipment in traditional media, Virtual Reality (VR), and in 360-video. BIG provides low-cost professional media services to non-profit organizations, education partners, businesses, and to local government.


Notes:  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga or exercise mat, if you have one.  This workshop is open to all fitness levels, and we welcome those individuals who have never taken a yoga class before.

An Introduction to Grant Seeking @ Arts at the Armory
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An Introduction to Grant Seeking
Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Grant writing skills are in demand and valuable to anyone working in non-profits, community programs, government agencies, academic research, arts and environmental groups and even businesses seeking grants or government contracts. This ability is also a valuable skill for job seekers or volunteers serving in community based organizations. This workshop provides an introduction to the grant seeking process including an overview of the essential administrative functions for grant acquisition, types of funding sources, prospect research, cultivation of funders, breakdown of budgets, the anatomy of a grant, examining examples, and preparing a proposal concept.

Participants will gain the following benefits:

-An overview of fundraising in today’s competitive environment
-Hands on knowledge of how to research funding sources
-Knowledge of how to approach and cultivate funding prospects
-Mastery of grant writing basics
-The opportunity to write and have critiqued your own grant writing piece

Beyond “Grant Writing 101” @ Arts at the Armory
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Beyond “Grant Writing 101”
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 – 8:30pm

This “deep dive” advanced grant writing workshop builds on your basic grant writing skills and knowledge. Developing a solid, fundable grant proposal goes beyond good writing and organizing, and this workshop will cover advanced topics including budgets, logic models, cover letters, leveraging resources and partnerships, and others. We’ll ask the tough questions that help us create proposals that get funded, stay funded, and are aligned with our organization’s mission and priorities. Participants will learn the strategic plan of grant writing, by writing exercises that help them write an executive summary and other sections. This workshop will be a combination lecture, interactive exercises, writing exercises, and discussion. Participants will leave the class understanding how to research, write and develop their specific project.

Participants Will Gain the Following Benefits:

-Learn the strategic plan of grant writing through writing exercises and examples
-Understand how to research, write and develop a specific project
-Understand how the project budget fits with the narrative and its importance
-Basic understanding of program design through logic models and other tools