Past Events

Mujeres de Maiz: 20 Years of Artivism and Herstory en L.A.

Start date: March 4, 2017

End date: May 29, 2017

EDUCATE + EMPOWER + TRANSFORM = HOLISTIC ARTIVISM.

ONE OF, IF NOT THE LONGEST RUNNING XINGONA GATHERING TO HONOR INTERNATIONAL WOMXN’S DAY IN L.A.!

Mujeres de Maiz 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival featuring Music, Performances, Exhibition & a Mujer Marketplace

An Annual Intercultural, Interdisciplinary Intergenerational Arts Happening with performance ofrendas (offerings) of music, spoken word, dance, artisans and vendors featuring all womxn and queer/trans people of color since 1997. This event is for, by and about & organized by the labor of WOC & QTWOC holisitic Artivists.

DATE/TIME:
SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 2017 from 5:00pm-9:30pm.

3:00-5:00pm
+ Retrospective Exhibition | FREE & Open to Public
Food for the reception by Cocina Manakurhini

5:00pm
+ Mujer Mercadito Opens to Public | $20-$100
+ Chulita Vinyl Club plays full 1 hr. set

6:00pm-9:30pm – Benefit Festival Show/Fundrasier

LOCATION:
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Outside Stage, Patio and lawn.
501 N. Main Street, Los Angees, CA 90012
*Event is OUTSIDE… please come ready for the weather*

Get your pre-sale tix today $20 for 20 Years!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mujeres-de-maiz-20th-anniversary-live-art-show-festival-tickets-31399364344

FEATURING:
+ Ana Castillo
+ Briseyda Zárate
+ Chingona Fire
+ Chulita Vinyl Club – L.A
+ D’Lo
+ In Lak Ech
+ Irene Diaz
+ La Victoria
+ Maya Jupiter
+ Medusa The Gangsta Goddess
+ and special guest Sara Ramirez & more!

ARTISTS INCLUDED IN RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION:
+ Claudia Mercado
+ Crystal Galindo
+ Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez
+ Emilia García
+ FE (Felicia Montes)
+ Gabriela Malinalxochitl Zapata
+ Gina Aparicio
+ Isabel Avila
+ Liliflor Arte / Lilia Ramirez
+ Linda Vallejo
+ Margaret Quica Alarcon
+ Maria Ramos
+ Marisol Torres
+ Melanie Cervantes
+ Pola Lopez
+ Sarah Espinoza
+ Skryb Anu
+ Yreina Cervantez
and more!
Exhibition Curated by Ana Guajardo, FE (Felicia Montes), Michelle L. Lopezas well as Erin Curtis and Janine Vigus of LA Plaza.

Exhibition runs March 4-May 29, 2017 – Free & Open to Public.

INCLUDING:
+ Opening Prayer by Grandma Gloria Arellanes (Tongva/Xicana)
+ Herstoric Archival & Ephemera from the last 20 Years.
+ Live Intergenerational Mural by
Dalila Paola Mendez, Gabriella Claro, Marisol Torres Pola Lopez.
+ Photobooth by Las Fotos Project
w/ props by Celina Jacques & HOODsisters
+ Kids Area w/ Mujeres de Maiz coloring pages
+ Live Silkscreening by Martha Carrillo (bring a tee or item to print)
+ Mujer Mercadito w/ over 30 Community WOC/GNC Artistans & Vendors
+ Healthy Food sold by Vegan Moni (vegan pozole and more!)
+ All Gender / Unisex restrooms

SPEAKERS on KEY ISSUES:
+ Bamby SalcedoTransLatina Coalition
+ Jacky Vargas – Youth Mayor for the City of Los Angeles/BH Youth
+ Ivy Quicho of International Women’s Day March 2017 – led by AF3IRM Los Angeles to invite you to their Sun. 3/5 march.
+ Diné (Navajo) Granmother Salina Begay to speak about the Black Mesa/Big Mountain Resistance

MORE INFO:
$20/person to Celebrate Our 20 Years!
We’ve shared amazing FREE programming for over 20 years.. and only had our annual event as our fundraiser. Recently we began charging for workshops to support our yearound programming and to allow ARtivists and wellness facilitators to live/thrive vs. survive.

We ask you to to support with what you can $20 / $30 / $40 / $50 / $100 Online Ticket Sales. Pay what you can of above Prices.
($10 presale tix till 2/14 and at the door for students/sliding scale for need based)

*This year Mujeres de Maiz will officially become a non-profit organization, please support our art, education & empowering (Q)WOC wellness! This event is always to capacity.

LOCATION:
at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Outdoor Stage, Lawn and Patio.
501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.LAPCA.org

NOTE: The weather is set to be chilly on Saturday night.. please dress accordingly and comfortably.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION:
*Parking in local Olver Street and surrounding court and Union Station area paid lots only!
*Metro: Union Station Stop

CELEBRATING & HONORING:
-20 Years of Mujeres de Maiz
-International Womxn’s Day,
-Womxn’s Herstory Month,
-Mexica New Year
-the coming of Spring
-the Opening Reception of our 3 Month-long Retrospective Exhibition at LA Plaza (thru 5/29/17) www.LAPCA.org

Never been? Don’t Miss it!
Join the event that has inspired circles and events across the Southwest! Check out this video: https://vimeo.com/34828355

MUJER MERCADO/MARKETPLACE opens at 5:00pm:
featuring Mujeres De Maiz merchandise, zines, and over 30 Muxer and QTPOC & GNC vendors and artisans. *Bring Cash & Card.

VENDORS INCLUDE:
LunaSol Mexican Vintage
Malinalli Superfoods
Lil’ Libros
Lioness Jewelry
TATALEJOS
Diné Grandmothers 7 Alegria Xocolatl
Velvet Beehive
TATALEJOS
Native Sol
Patchouli Nomad /Kaleidoscope Kollective 9518588489
Leachy Peachy “Art and Jewelry” 13 Carina Lomeli
Azteca Negra
Yerberia Mayahuel
El Valle Women’s Collaborative 17 Xti’ Artisan
Cha Cha Covers
Pola Lopez
Luna Marina Jewelry 21 Emilia Garcia
Liliflor Art
Zines Rasquache
Balam Creations
Art De Karla
Cantos De La Tierra 27 Mujerez de MaIz
Urban Xic
Viva Los Cupcakes
De La Luna Designs
and more!

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:
+ All Ages w/ limited seating.
+ Event is wheelchair accessible. Inbox us for accommodation needs.
+ Alcohol and Drug Free Event for health of our communities.
+ Event intends to be a Brave and Safe Space.
+ Event is all ages/genders/sexualities, please honor the elders and children – No sexism, ageism, homo/transphobia, please check your privilege!

TO FIND OUT ABOUT  FULL 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON:
Go to: www.MujeresDeMaiz.com/calendar.html
info@mujeresdemaiz.com

Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities

Start date: March 7, 2017

End date: April 6, 2017

Location: Southwestern College Art Gallery Chula Vista, California 91910

Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities
March 07 2017 – April 06 2017

Featuring:

Alessandra Moctezuma
Angélica Becerra
Berenice Badillo
Carolyn Castaño
Crystal Galindo
Melanie Cervantes
Patricia Aguayo
PANCA
Rotmi Enciso
Shizu Saldamando
Yolanda Lopez

Artwork by ten prominent Chicana artists and one Mexican photographer will be on exhibit as part of Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities, an exhibition commemorating International Women’s Day to be held at the Southwestern College Art Gallery.

Exhibited in conjunction with Shoulders to Stand On: Remembering the Chicana Activist Narrative, a traveling exhibition produced by and shown at the Women’s Museum of California in 2016, Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities will present works by 10 Chicana artists from California. The all women’s exhibition takes as its title Ni Solo Mujeres (Nor Just Women), in an effort to extoll intersectional identities within feminist struggles. It challenges the idea that oppressive dichotomies can only be defeated through homogenous unity and instead presents a collection of work that celebrates the diversity within Chicana identity, and the power that lies in that intersectionality.

Ni Solo Mujeres will open on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 and will be on exhibit until April 6th at the Southwestern College Art Gallery located at SWC Art Gallery/710 Building 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, California 91910. An opening reception will take place on March 7th from 11-1pm and 6-8pm and will feature a special panel with Rotmi Enciso and Leticia Gomez Franco on Intersectional Feminisms from 11-12pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Free Parking in Lot O during opening reception only.

Ni Solo Mujeres is curated by Leticia Gomez Franco, who also curated Shoulders to Stand On for the Women’s Museum of California. She is looking forward to this new iteration of an already excellent program and looks forward to pushing the dialogue beyond Chicana nationalism, by highlighting Chicanas who are currently creating work that breaks identity boundaries. An effort that is nothing short of timely; she adds, that the artists participating are a testament, that for women of color, identity is hyphenated a million times over as women living in racialized, sexualized and always politicized gendered bodies. Each artist is living testament that in times like these, our mere existence is revolutionary, and art created from a place of consciousness becomes an ever resounding affirmation of resistance.

The list of participating artists is a first for the San Diego area. Yolanda Lopez, a San Diego native, leading feminist and pioneer of the Chicana movement is best known for her Guadalupe Series, 1978, but as a long time fixture and jewel of the Mission art scene in San Francisco continues to be at the forefront of artists responding to gentrification. Shizu Saldamando, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Carolyn Castaño, both Los Angeles based artists recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Local artists, Berenice Badillo and Patricia Aguayo have both left their mark as muralists on the pillars of the now historically designated Chicano Park. Also on the roster are San Diego based Alessandra Moctezuma, Tijuana based PANCA, Los Angeles based Angelica Becerra and Oakland based Crystal Galindo and Melanie Cervantes. Also featured is Mexican photographer Rotmi Enciso, who took the iconic protest photograph used as the inspiration for the title of this show.

Ni Solo Mujeres and Shoulders to Stand On will be on exhibit at Southwestern College Art Gallery until April 06, 2017. Gallery hours are Mon – Thurs 10:30am- 2pm and Wed & Thurs 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Exhibition made possible by a grant from the Southwestern College Foundation.

For more info: leticia.g.franco@gmail.com

Radical Poster Making for Collective Liberation Workshop

Date: March 8, 2017

Time: 4:00PM- 7PM

Location: Center For Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94720

Dignidad Rebelde, a Bay Area graphic arts collaboration with Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes, will frame this three hour workshop by providing participants a brief history of the role of political graphics in global liberation struggles as well as sharing examples of Dignidad Rebelde’s work. This history will be illustrated with a slideshow presentation. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to learn how to pull a screen print. Participants will then use the screen printing images to add messages and additional content to their posters.

Anokiiwigamig Indigenous Arts Iniative: Melanie Cervantes

Date: March 21, 2017

Location: RCAH Art Studio

CONTACT PROF. ESTRELLA TORREZ (TORREZJS@MSU.EDU) for INFORMATION – LIMITED SPACE IN WORKSHOP EVENTS ARE FREE OPEN TO THE MSU COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC

Dignidad Rebelde Exhibit at MSU Chicanx/Latinx Studies

Start date: March 22, 2017

End date: April 28, 2017

Visualizing Revolution: Creating Visual Culture in a Time of Destruction

Date: March 28, 2017

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Solespace, 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California 94612

Join Center for Political Education for Visualizing Revolution: Creating Visual Culture in a Time of Destruction featuring Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.

From Mexican worker organizing in the 1930s to Third World revolutions or the present-day struggle to overthrow fascism in the US, strong art and inspiring images have been indispensable weapons for liberation movements. Join movement artist Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde for a timely conversation about the role of graphics and visual language in making revolution beautiful, irresistible, and achievable.

Ethnic Studies Conference: Social Change in the Central Valley

Date: March 31, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM- 6:30Pm

Location: Cal State Stanislaus

Dignidad Rebelde: Art in Action

Date: April 18, 2017

Time: 4:40 PM

Location: 120 Physcial Sciences Bldg, Cornell University