2020 Womxn Who Rock: Ofrendas for the Future
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Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities Dear Community Participants,
Welcome to the 10th annual Womxn Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities 2020: Ofrendas For The Future. We have shifted to an online forum with a series of workshops related to building ofrendas. We invite you to build a virtual altar with us over the next few week and we are taking submissions between now and the 23rd of May.
On May 30th, we will celebrate together with a two-hour virtual gathering and conversation with National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens which will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live. Local healers Francisca Garcia teacher of altar tradition, Omi of Earth Pearl Collective & Patricia Chookenshaa Allen-Dick of Chief Seattle Club will respond.Watch for more information!
Here is the link to the virtual altar page with workshops and instructions for submitting your ofrendas.
Each year, we welcome visiting artists who are not only practitioners of their traditions or genres but have also devoted their careers towards building their communities’ wellbeing and resilience. This year, we are honored to be working with the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens as our visiting artists. Doña Ofelia is a beloved elder Altarista from East Los Angeles who practices the Mexican traditions of ofrenda and altar making to simultaneously facilitate a process of collective grief and celebration of life. Rosanna has been practicing with her mother and is an accomplished Altarista builder herself.
Our original vision of the May 9th event was an in-person workshop with Doña Ofelia and Rosanna in which participants brought materials to create ofrendas to contribute to a collective altar. Doña Ofelia and Rosanna have graciously agreed to move this workshop and process online. Thus, we are inviting you to participate in creating an intentional virtual space via building a community altar with your friends, families, organizations, communities, ancestors, and generations yet to come. To facilitate this process, we have posted a workshop by Doña Ofelia and Rosanna in which they share about the tradition of altar making and their own creative process in doing this work. We encourage you to watch their workshop in order to understand the roots and branches of this Indigenous Mexican tradition.
We have also posted a series of skillshare workshops on different elements of ofrenda-making and community building. We hope these workshops inspire your own creative processes for making ofrendas for the future, in many forms, including visual artwork of all kinds, songs, videos, photos of traditional ofrendas, personal or community stories, written poetry, short films, recipes, video workshops, and more.
We envision our collective online altar as an intergenerational experience that represents your creativity, your loved ones, communities, organizations, or issues or populations that matter deeply to you.
Children and families are welcome.
n., v., rock (rŏk) – rock is a verb, more than a genre, as in “rocking the mic.” and as in, “rock with us at our next convivencia, as we honor womxn who rock and change history.”
n., pl, wom·en (wĭm’ĭn) – a socially constructed, gender-fluid category that includes but is not limited to femme-identified, transgender, cisgender women, and other formations.
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