Viva Las Mujeres de Maiz

Twenty years of artivism and herstory in live multidisciplinary art show and festival at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, March 4-29

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 3, 2017

Viva Las Mujeres de Maiz

Twentieth Anniversary Retrospective, on View March 4 - May 29th

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 - All ages!
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
Live Art Festival: 6:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
Museum Viewing Open
$20 per person

Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes - 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

**Pre-sale Tickets available at Eventbrite.**

What: L.A.'s premier eastside women's artist collective, Mujeres de Maiz, proudly launches Women's Herstory Month and International Women's Day, with a live multidisciplinary art show and groundbreaking exhibition, Twenty Years of Artivism and Herstory in L.A., at 6pm on Saturday, March 4th at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (501 N. Main St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012).

The live art show festival will be hosted by D'Lo,, a queer/ transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges from stand-up comedy to solo theater, film and more. Performers of the live art show festival include Latina feminist poetry collective Chingona Fire; the all-women, all-vinyl DJ crew Chulita Vinyl Club L.A, Singer/SongwriterIrene Diaz, MC/Lyricist Maya Jupiter, Legendary underground rapper Medusa The Gangsta Goddess, song/drum group In Lak Ech, flamenco dancer Briseyda Zarate, and iconic veteran Chicana writer Ana Castillo, and more.

Speakers on key issues include Bamby Salcedo of the Translatina Coalition, Los Angeles Youth Mayor Jacky Vargas and Standing Rock Water Protector and hip hop artist Alas.

Mujeres de Maiz has grown from a single day event, to a seasonal series of intercultural, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary art, health and wellness events through May 2017. LA Plaza will host these series of public programs complementing Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en LA throughout the run of the exhibition; including wellness events, art and culinary workshops, a poetry procession, performance art and roundtable discussions on topics represented in the exhibition. Emerging and veteran women-of-color artists, community leaders, and activists, will be highlighting women's artistry, spirituality, indigenous traditions, their relation to the earth, and their urban political and spiritual reality.

Women's Herstory month Related Programming

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3-5pm | Free
Mujeres de Maiz 20 Years of ARTivism and Herstory en L.A.
Retrospective exhibition opening reception.
**Attending opening reception doesn't guarantee entrance to festival.**

[b]Saturday, March 4, 2017, 5pm-Doors/Vendors/Food; 6pm - Show | $10-$50/ LA Plaza
Mujeres de Maiz 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival[/b]
Donation Fundraiser for Mujeres de Maiz. An intercultural, interdisciplinary intergenerational arts experience with performance ofrendas of music, spoken word, dance, artisans, vendors, and more featuring womyn and queer/trans people of color. Performers include Chingona Fire, Chulita Vinyl Club, D'Lo, Irene Diaz, Maya Jupiter and Medusa The Gangsta Goddess among other special guests. All ages, general admission.

Friday, March 17, 2017, 7-9pm | $20
Tea & Paint w/ Liliflor Art
Experience healing and relaxing loose leaf brewed tea while practicing basic painting techniques connected to culture. Art supplies and tea are provided. No experience needed. Ages 13 and up.

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6pm
Mujeres en Movimiento: A poetry procession for the people
Join Mujeres de Maiz as they share poetry and connect communities from Boyle Heights to La Placita Olvera. Writers will share poetry as well as new works in conversation with the art featured in the exhibition. The procession will begin at Mariachi Plaza and will conclude at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11am-6pm | Free
Platicas: Power, Protest, Prayer
A day of conversations about Mujeres de Maiz's work, lineage, spirit, and politics featuring artists, academics and elders including Cherrie Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Linda Vallejo,Yreina Cervantez and more.

Friday, April 13, 2017, 7-9pm | $15
Platicas y Pruebas: Xicana Edible Memories and Landscapes w/ Cocina Manakurhini
Celebrating Native-based foods, Cocina Manakurhini, stirs up seasonal dishes a la Xicana inspired by diasporic and place-based flavors that honor the sacRed geographies of our traveling homelands and Tongva foodscapes.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12-4pm | Free
4 Directions AlterNative Wellness Clinic: A Justice based Holistic Health Event
Join us for a free event supporting wellness to, by and for the people with free consultations, treatments, workshops, presentations, vendors, and more.

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8-10pm | Free
Full Moon Coyolxauhqui Circle
The Coyolxauhqui Circle is a full moon women's talking circle based in ritual and focused on wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

Sunday, May 28, 3-5pm | Free
Under the Pirul w/ Cantos de La Tierra
Join Mujeres de Maiz facilitator Berenice Dimas of Cantos de la Tierra for a talk about the use of the pirul tree in ritual and for everyday wellness. She will be sharing how to create different medicines with the pirul. This is part of the closing circle event for the exhibition at LA Plaza.

[/b]ABOUT MUJERES DE MAIZ:[/b] Mujeres de Maiz is an inter-cultural, intergenerational andinterdisciplinary collective of women-of-color, whose mission is to bring together and empower diverse (self-identified) women and girls, through the creation of community spaces that provide holistic programming-from wellness, education, exhibition, to self-publishing.

20TH Anniversary March 4th Festival Tix (Eventbrite): here.http://bit.ly/2kvca27
Website: www.mujeresdemaiz.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mujeresdemaizpage/
Instagram: @MujeresdeMaiz

ABOUT LA PLAZA: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation's premier center of Mexican American culture offering interactive exhibits and dynamic programs engaging visitors of all backgrounds to explore and contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza's mission is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican American culture, with a specific focus on the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: M, W, & Th, 12-5 pm, Fri-Sun 12-6 pm
Admission: FREE
Website: www.lapca.org

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