2020 Womxn Who Rock 10th Anniversary! Ofrendas for the Future
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Free and all ages!
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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 at 1 pm pacific time, 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. 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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9th Annual Womxn Who Rock (Un)Conference:
Dance the Archive – Memoria Ancestral
Free and all ages!
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019
WHERE: Centilia Cultural Center:
1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA, 98144
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities (un)conference brings scholars, musicians, performers, visual artists, media-makers, community leaders and activists together to explore the role of women, especially women of color, in the creation of popular music that anchors cultural scenes and social justice movements.
This year we gather to acknowledge the value of community, the power of circle dance as a protective container, and rhythm as our connector. Memorial Ancestral is our archive of embodied knowledge that holds, transmits, and performs relational information to create and renew narratives of belonging for the survival of generations across space and time.
Afro-Latinx maestras of the traditions of bomba (Puerto Rico) and son jarocho (Veracruz, Mexico) will guide participants through movements and rhythms that tap into the vast resources of women’s creativity, compassion, skillful communication, self-reflection and collective healing. Featuring special guest maestras: Ivelisse Diaz, Amarilys Rios, Milvia Pacheco, Jade Power Sotomayor, Denise Solís, Monica Rojas, and Iris Viveros.
The event will feature:
- participatory rhythm and movement skill-shares
- dialogue about the healing power of rhythm and dance
- children’s station and button making
- Puerto Rican bomba workshop and batey
- craft and clothing vendors, food vendors
- and more