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2020 Womxn Who Rock 10th Anniversary! Ofrendas for the Future

***Información en Español más abajo

Free and all ages!

WHERE:  Online


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.

***Información en Español
Estimadxs participantes de la comunidad:
     Bienvenidxs a la décima edición anual de Womxn Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities 2020: Ofrendas For The Future.
     Este comunicado es para hacerles saber que este año y debido a la situación que actualmente vivimos, hemos pasado a un foro en línea con una serie de talleres relacionados con la construcción de ofrendas.
     Extendemos la invitación a construir un altar virtual con nosotrxs durante las próximas semanas; estaremos recibiendo presentaciones desde hoy hasta el 23 de mayo.
      El 30 de mayo, celebraremos juntxs con un panel y reunión virtual de dos horas, la misma que se transmitirá a través de Zoom y Facebook Live.
     Para más detalles y sí gustan participar, podrán encontrar más información en el enlace de la página del altar virtual con talleres e instrucciones para enviar sus ofrendas.
    Cada año, damos la bienvenida a artistas invitadas, que no solo son practicantes de sus tradiciones o géneros, sino que también han dedicado sus carreras a construir el bienestar y la resiliencia de sus comunidades.
     Este año, tenemos el honor de trabajar con Ofelia Esparza quién esta reconocida como miembro del reconocimiento nacional para el patrimonio de la Herencia en las Artes, y ​​su hija Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. Los curanderos locales Francisca García, maestra de tradición de altar, Omi de Earth Pearl Collective y Patricia Chookenshaa Allen-Dick del Chief Seattle Club responderán.
     Doña Ofelia es una muy querida Altarista del Este de Los Ángeles que practica las tradiciones mexicanas de ofrenda y fabricación de altares para facilitar simultáneamente un proceso del dolor colectivo y celebración de la vida.
Rosanna ha estado practicando con su madre y es una consumada constructora de Altaristas.
     Nuestra visión original del evento del 9 de mayo fue un taller en persona con Doña Ofelia y Rosanna en el que los participantes contribuyeran con materiales para crear ofrendas y un altar colectivo.  Doña Ofelia y Rosanna han acordado gentilmente mover este taller y llevarlo a cabo en línea.  Por lo tanto, les invitamos a participar en la creación de un espacio virtual intencional, mediante la construcción de un altar comunitario con amigos, familias, organizaciones, comunidades, antepasados ​​y futuras generaciones.
     Para facilitar este proceso, hemos publicado un taller en donde Doña Ofelia y Rosanna nos comparten sobre la tradición de la fabricación de altares y su propio proceso creativo para realizar este trabajo. Les alentamos a ver este taller para comprender las raíces y ramas de esta tradición indígena mexicana.
     También hemos publicado una serie de talleres de intercambio de habilidades sobre diferentes elementos de ofrendas de la comunidad.  Esperamos que estos talleres les inspiren en su propio proceso creativo para hacer ofrendas para el futuro, en muchas formas; incluyendo obras de arte visuales de todo tipo, canciones, videos, fotos de ofrendas tradicionales, historias personales o comunitarias, poesía escrita, cortometrajes, recetas, videos, talleres y más.
     Visualizamos nuestro altar colectivo en línea como una experiencia intergeneracional que representa la creatividad, a nuestros seres queridos, comunidades, organizaciones y poblaciones que son de profundo interés.
     ¡Familias y niñxs son bienvenidxs!

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.

Sponsored by:
* KVRU 105.7 FM
* UW Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
* UW School of Social Work
* UW American Ethnic Studies
* Open Hand Reel
* El Centro de la Raza

9th Annual Womxn Who Rock (Un)Conference:
Dance the Archive – Memoria Ancestral

Free and all ages!

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019
TIME: 2-5pm
WHERE: Centilia Cultural Center:
1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA, 98144

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

Previous (un)Conferences… 

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  1. “Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities”

    February 17-18, 2011 at the University of Washington and Seattle University

    Call for Session Proposals Deadline: November 30, 2010

    Women have been a powerful presence in Seattle’s well-known independent music scene, as performers, promoters, writers, DJs, archivists and fans. In many cases, they embody the hybrid identity of artist-activist-advocate. Historically, in the Pacific Northwest, women have used their music and activism to create music scenes that anchor social justice movements. The present is no different. The Women Who Rock Conference, organized by the Women Who Rock Research Project and the Women Who Rock Graduate Student Collective, will highlight both contemporary and past movement(s) in and outside of Seattle by bringing together musicians, activists, writers, advocates, educators, and scholars to explore questions of female representation and access for women within music scenes. This conference is intended to reach an academic and public audience. Scholars and educators will contextualize their explorations of women within various music scenes by engaging broader discourses of feminist, critical race, and class analyses. Musicians, activists and others will demonstrate how innovations in the
    creative arts link to social justice movements.

    Photo of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, ca. 1930, © Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 1970

    This conference, which aims to be an annual event, will also introduce the initial phase of the Women Who Rock Oral History project. At the conference, we will generate contacts for future oral histories.

    We invite activists, scholars, musicians and artists to submit proposals for topic-focused breakout sessions that will promote dialogue about women, music, and social justice, taking into account issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. We encourage session proposals that explore the ways that Chicana and Black feminist thought have expanded “who” counts as women and “what” counts as rock. In your session proposal, please include the names of facilitators, participants and/or performers; a short description of your topic; a list of the key points you would like to address in dialogue with conference attendees; and a plan for how you will address them. Group and individual session proposals will be considered. We move away from traditional panel sessions with the aim of promoting dialogue. We are particularly interested in creative, non- traditional, and/or musical session formats.
    Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

    Performing Community:
    Photo of Alice Bag, ca. 1978, © Ruby Ray 1978
    • The role of music scholars, critics, performers and archivists as well as Chicana and Black feminist theorists in crafting a feminist narrative of hip hop, punk, and indie rock
    • Women performers and the art of DJ-ing, breakdancing, rhyming, graffiti art, vocalizing and spoken word • Building community at the intersection of Hip Hop and Indie Rock • Autonomous women-focused art collectives (ex. Mujeres de Maíz) • Queer musical practices and interventions

    Making a Scene:
    • Music making as a local site of feminist community-building (examples include Home Alive, B-Girl Bench, Seattle Fandango Project and others)
    • The role of performers, advocates, and educators in creating musical communities • Creating a space for building connections between women in hip hop, indie rock/punk, and alternative rock
    cultures that share a similar ethos but rarely connect
    • Connecting the women who use music culture as a platform for pleasure and politics • Linking local music communities and transnational musical movements (de CAJóN Project , Afro-Peruvian percussion)
    • Musical and creative responses to immigration debates (SB 1070) • Creating spaces of autonomous music making and sharing
    • The role of community radio • Internet and social networking

    Communal Archives/Oral Histories:
    • The politics of the archive; the archive as a site of community-making and historical praxis • The archive as resource for performers, advocates, and scholars • The archive as foundation for digital online and museum exhibits • Presentation of oral histories
    Collaborative networks of production, performance, and distribution:
    • Use of digital technologies for in-home production and recording • Use of digital technologies for musical and scholarly collaboration • Music communities as a vehicle for public humanities

    Please submit your session proposals by November 30, 2010. Proposals should be 500 words or less and include a description of the session format. Please also include a 50-word biography. Send proposals for sessions to Group and individual proposals or performances will be considered.

    Questions? Contact Quetzal Flores,

    Conference registration at:

    Conference organizers: Mako Fitts (, Quetzal Flores (, Michelle Habell-Pallan (, Sonnet Retman (, Nicole Robert ( ), Georgia M. Roberts (

    This conference is co-sponsored by the American Music Partnership of Seattle (Experience Music Project, KEXP 90.3 FM, and University of Washington), Women Studies, American Ethnic Studies, School of Music, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington as well as Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, and the Women Studies Program at Seattle University.

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