The Jarocho Rhythm and Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Workshop was super fun! Led by special guest maestras: Ivelisse Diaz, Amarilys Rojas, Milvia Pacheco, Jade Power Sotomayor, Denise Solis, Monica Rojas and Iris Viveros. As someone who has never connected music to people this way, as someone who is usually not comfortable dancing, and as someone who is not experienced Puerto Rican and Latin culture, this was extremely impactful to me. Usually I see music as a very personal experience, but this performance has shown me how collaborative and communal most music in the world is. Everyone in the room became a performer and everyone had and has a piece of this great story to tell. Very beautiful experience to know that I have been a part of a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.
Just putting the final touches on set up here at the Womxn Who Rock 2019 before the big crowds show up. Very cool to see the immense amount of care that has gone into the production of the stage decorations here. Thank you of the volunteers and everyone involved in set up! Extremely grateful to all of the speakers and performers and teachers who have come all this way to our Seattle community. I look forward to learning and connecting with different people. Vendors are in place and showing off amazing artwork towards the entryway. Let the (un) conference begin!