Let’s talk transition and reinvention! This week, I transitioned from being a musician (63 years in total, 40-year career) to reinventing myself as Professor Cartwright, teaching Speech Communications at Southeastern College in West Palm Beach, FL to 10 students (3 were absent). The 7 in attendance had a ball (must be the entertainer in me)! The 4-hour class ended on a high note with each of the 7 stating what they learned from the first class. I asked them if they thought the 3 absentees missed anything and they replied, tumultuously, “They miss a LOT!” So, my first night class (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.) was a huge success! I am excited about my new career as a professor. I believe I have a lot to give students and that I can make their learning experience rich and worthwhile. Many night students have families and day jobs and are pretty worn by the time they come to class. My goal is to have them leave my class on an upbeat that will catapult them into the next day with new ideas and fresh insights. All in all, my first class was FABULOUS!
Today, February 29, 2016, Professor Cartwright officially begins her journey as a college professor at Southeastern College in West Palm Beach, Florida, teaching Speech Communications or The Art of Public Speaking.
Having been a professional performer for over 40 years, Professor Cartwright has presented papers at several conferences on women’s music and the history of Jazz and Blues. She has toured in 19 countries as a vocalist and published 11 books.
Once her doctoral dissertation Women in Jazz: Music Publishing and Marketing is completed and accepted by Northcentral University, Professor Cartwright plans to continue lecturing and teaching business courses at various institutions. Her expected date of graduation is January 2017. Until that time, she will teach at SEC during the months of March, July, and November.
In 1995, a musician referred to her as a diva. She liked that. She felt it. By 1998, she accepted the title Diva JC and the rest is herstory. Doctoral Candidate Joan Cartwright has been on stage for decades. She loves to sing and her audiences have been innumerable.
TALK is cheap. DOING something costs time, money, and THINKING. I’ve been an advocate for women musicians since 1997. I founded a non-profit organization to promote and support women musicians in 2007. This year, we’re calling for a Symposium on Women in the Arts because all people learn through the ARTS. 115 people registered for this symposium to be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The problem is we tried to hold it at The White House but were denied access. Then, we tried the Library of Congress but they don’t allow groups to hold events during the day. Now, we’re trying George Washington U and Georgetown U but the Women’s Studies Departments at both schools “do not have resources” for this event. It’s ridiculous. Women are marginalized even more than people of color but they just do not see it. They do not receive the financial support earmarked by government funding of the arts. They are omitted from all-male big bands and orchestras. And they don’t fight to make things CHANGE. When women join together to change the world, everything will change. But like the poster above stated, “We have jobs, homes, cars and are ALLOWED to take little breaks (vacations) from time to time so we believe the illusion that we are free.” Women are second class citizens to males, Black and White. The only difference is White males have economic power (especially GAY WHITE MALES, who have no women to answer to or care for). Black males have little economic power but still tend to dominate women. When will women join together to make CHANGE in this world. TALK is cheap. We must DO something. If you are a women artist, author, architect, musician, composer, actress, filmmaker, or other cultural producer, Register for the symposium at the link on this page: http://wijsf.com/events/symposium.htm