Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 3.10.07

Honoring women of the world

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: March 10, 2007

Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 3.10.07

International Women's Month
March 2007 National Women's History Month
Generations of Women Moving History Forward
International Women's Day March 8
Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls

Well, with the Chinese New Year tucked neatly away and Lent ambling along with Easter on the horizon, it's time to get back to Chicano roots and celebrate the Mexica Aztec New Year. Or at least so I thought until I remembered that this is the beginning of National Women's History Month and the International Women's Day was March 8. So, we'll save the Mexica Aztec New Year until next week when Self Help Graphics and Art is having their celebration commemorating the March 12 New Year beginning.

International Women's Day, March 8, commemorates women's rights and peace. The United Nations' theme for International Women's Day 2007 is "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls." Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

In its various incarnations, ranging from a communist holiday to a UN-sponsored event, International Women's Day has been celebrated for over 95 years. In 1908 women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change and 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913. Inspired by this, the German socialist Klara Zetkin organized International Women's Day (IWD) in 1911. On March 19, socialists from Germany, Austria, Denmark and other European countries held strikes and marches. Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai helped organize the event. As the event developed, it took on the cause of peace as well as women's rights.

IWD was commemorated in the United States during the 1910s and 1920s, but then dwindled. In 1975, the U.N. began sponsoring International Women's Day. It was revived during the women's movement in the 1960s, but without its socialist associations. Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. They designated 1975 as 'International Women's Year'. IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

National Women's History Month was initiated by the National Women's History Project, a nonprofit educational organization. The organization was an outgrowth of a 1978 California committee formed in Sonoma County to address the lack of inclusion of women's history in the educational curriculum of K-12 schools. IN 1981, the NWHP successfully lobbied Congress to declare a Joint Congressional Resolution for "National Women's History Week." The week including March 8, International Women's Day, was selected. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. Congress expanded the celebration to the entire month of March in 1987.

The theme for Women's History Month 2007 is "Generations of Women Moving History Forward." This theme celebrates the wisdom and tenacity of prior and future generations of women and recognizes the power and impact of generations working together. Moving History Forward is a process of individuals coming together for the greater good of the society and confirming the idea that individuals working together can be effective in building a better, more compassionate world. This year's theme recognizes the wisdom and tenacity of the generations of women who have come before us and those who will follow. Recognition of the historic anniversaries of 2007 presents a special opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the courage, determination, and steadfastness needed to move history forward. These anniversaries include the 50th anniversary of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas that helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement, and the 30th anniversary of the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas that marked a high point in the influence of the Women's Rights Movement on the formation of government policy.

The 2007 Honorees for National Women's History Month are: Lupe Anguiano (b. 1929) Protector of the Earth and Activist for the Poor; Virginia Foster Durr (1903-1999) Civil Rights Activist and Author; Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) Women's Rights Activist, Theorist, and Historian; Martha Wright Griffiths (1912-2003) Congresswoman, Women's Rights Activist, Attorney, Lawmaker; Rebecca S. Halstead (b. 1959) Commanding General, 3rd Corps Support Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; Brownie Williams Ledbetter (1932) Political Activist; Suzanne Lewis (b. 1956) First Woman Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park; Monique Mehta (b. 1973) Humanitarian/Political Activist; Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) Civil Rights Attorney, Lawmaker, Judge; Toshi Reagon (b.1964) Musician, Songwriter, Blending Every American Style of Music; Joanelle Romero (b. 1957) Launched Red Nation Media Internet and Television Channel; Mary Ruthsdotter (b. 1944) Co-Founder of the National Women's History Project; Minnijean Brown Trickey (b. 1941) Civil Rights Activist Who Integrated Central High School in 1957.

Locally, you can go to 6th annual Women's Music, Art, Dance & Word Festival at 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space on Saturday and Art Heals...All Our Relations... presented by Mujeres de Maiz at Self Help Graphics & Art on Sunday. While at the Women's Festival on Saturday, you can also saunter over to the 2nd Saturday Art WalkTM in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach where you're sure to find many women artists displaying their artworks. And, I guess Long Beach is the place to be Saturday as there's also the 37th Annual CSULB Pow Wow at CSULB.

And, if none of that appeals to you, look below for what else is going on this weekend.

And, so...

Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week?

This Chicana artist is still celebrating her 60th birthday this time in a private retiro, but still climbing the colinas. Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???


First Street Studios is now open appropriately just in time for Women's Month: "house of the toltecayotl, where visionaries meet" Their mission is to promote working studio space, a gallery & retail gift store while sSimultaneously contributing to the local community by providing art classes, exhibits, workshops & cultural events. F.S.S has original art works, natural beauty products, t-shirts, herbs, jewelry, purses, music, stickers & more curiosidades (knick knacks). They are open Tuesday thru Saturday, 12noon - 8p, 2026 E. 1st Street, Boyle Heights, CA, 323.268.0005. www.firststreetstudios.com www.myspace.com/firststreetstudios

For a complete listing of this newsletter go to www.LatinoLA.com or www.myspace.com/sarte_mex_jewelry or www.consafos.com/laevents.


6th annual Women's Music, Art, Dance & Word Festival
Saturday, March 10, 11a - 7p
2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA
562.901.0997 2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net 2ndcitycouncil.org
Support: Arts Council for Long Beach & the City of Long Beach

This event is in celebration of International Women's Day & National Women's History Month. The festival features a juried art exhibition showcasing the work of 30 women artists from California, as well as live entertainment all day. Also on view will be a photography exhibition by girls living in group foster care. Once again coordinating entertainment for the festival is Emmy winning singer/songwriter Faith Rivera, who has booked a wide array of California-based performers. attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the gallery's beautiful Sato Garden, sample food & participate in art activities for kids. A special treat is in store for the first 30 guests - FREE coffee & a FREE slice of quiche so be an early bird compliments of our youth group JADE (Junior, Aspiring, Devoted, Entrepreneurs). They will also be selling treats to help reach their goal of $ 3,000 to add a water feature (pond/waterfall) to their Sato Garden.

Sacred Excavations
Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 10, 6 - 10p
Metro Gallery, 1835 Hyperion Ave, LA, CA
Thru April 6
323.663.2787 juan@metrogallery.org http://www.metrogallery.org

This is an exhibit of art that explores the meaning of spirituality & features the works of Marisa Caichiolo, Danny Hughes & Polina Perl. In these paintings & sculptures, the three artists creatively interpret & redefine ideas of religion & spirituality that ground us in a time of seemingly endless turmoil & apparent chaos. Worldwide, people are seeking the answers to age-old questions regarding faith & are finding those answers in definitions & redefinitions of traditional religious practices & new-age innovations of spirituality. These excavations are not merely works of art, but ask us to investigate for ourselves the meaning of self-awareness, spirituality, & what we hold to be sacred. Each artist invites viewers to experience this journey through the works to be exhibited.

Marisa Caichiolo's work infuses elements of mysticism, interests in ancestral colors & symbolism. Combining various techniques & styles, she often allows her work images & forms to fluctuate between realism & surrealism.

Danny Hughes's works are inspired by the 72 individual combinations of an ancient group of sacred letters & his knowledge of Kabbalah. Each mixed media painting is inspired to serve as a mantra & illuminate the viewer's perspective to find a path of his/her own. The works are an incorporation of paintings & drawings of figurative images as well as Aramaic symbols.

Polina Perl creates ceramic works that allow her to express herself where slabs of clay become canvases for her artwork & the instrument of her communication. The intimacy of the creation allows her to create through personal excavations inspired by memories, dreams & feelings. Influenced by her travels to Europe & Asia, she is fascinated with ancient architecture, old & rusted, yet still present.

2nd Saturday Art WalkTM
Saturday, March 10, 4 - 9:30p
Kids Activities: 12noon - 4p
Art Park Ribbon Cutting: 3p
East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA
562.435.5232 hellada@earthlink.net www.artwalklbc.com

Enjoy a beautiful California evening. Meet local artists. This event is art openings, receptions & events throughout the heart of the East Village Arts District (Broadway, Elm, Linden & 1st St) & open-air artist booths on Linden between First & Broadway. Artist's exhibits, gallery openings, live music, dining, fine wine, gifts, art works & hundreds of unique, hand-crafted items. Painters, sculptors, crafters & musicians at work.

Also, celebration of the grand re-opening of the Art Park on Elm & Broadway that is hosted by 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal & the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine.

Mater Dei High School Fundraiser
Susie Hansen Latin Band
Saturday, March 10, 8 - 10p
Mater Dei High School, 1202 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA
Tickets: $50, include dinner

They will perform for a jazz concert/dinner/fundraiser Mater Dei is well known for its music education, especially their jazz program. Join them, support a good cause & contribute to music education for teens. Opening the concert will be the Mater Dei High School Big Band with Susie as guest soloist, followed by the Susie Hansen Latin Band closing the show.

Mujeres de Maiz present:
Art Heals...All Our Relations...
Sunday, March 11, 5p
Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave, East LA, CA
Door: $15 (1st 100 people get a zine); Students w/ ID $10

Enter the intercultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, All wombmyn live art show of Music, Poetry, Dance, Teatro, Film, Art. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary & 5th 'zine publication, International Women's Day &Women's Herstory month.

Flor y Canto by: Son de Mujeres, Lady Binx, Cihuatl Tonali, Gabriela Garcia Medina, Cihuatl-ce, ENU featuring Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, Sarah Rosencrantz & Nikki Campbe, Alejandra Sanchez, Sista Hailstorm, Xaris, In Lak Ech, Marisol Cristosomo-Romo, earthStonez, Carolyn Dunn, Lilia Ramirez & more!

Teatro & Film by: Paulina Sahagun, Raquel Salinas, Mixpe Ley & Marisol Torres, Womyn Image Makers & Monkey Media Works

Visual Creations by: Gina Aparicio, Margaret Alarcon, Lilia Ramirez, Brenda Quintero, Marisol Torres, Xaris, Alfie Ebojo, Binx, Dalila Mendez, Yukiko Avila, Tamar Quiroz & Sarah Espinoza & Xicana veterana artists, Yreina Cervantez & Linda Vallejo.

37th Annual CSULB Pow Wow
Saturday, March 10, 11a - 10p
Sunday, March 11, 11a - 6p
CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA
562-985-8528 powwow@csulb.edu www.csulb.edu/aiss www.csulb.edu

This is the largest spring event of its kind in So Cal and is focused on displaying the university's strong American Indian presence. The two-day event features American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing with Dancer Registration closing at 2 p on Saturday, March 10. All dancers and drums are invited.

Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art.

Master of Ceremony: John Dawson, San Carlos Apache
Head Man Dancer: John Bradley, Cherokee/Comanche
Head Southern Singer: Steve Bohay, Kiowa
Head Lady Dancer: Tawny Hale, Dakota Sioux/Navajo
Host Northern Drum: Night Train, Southern California
Arena Director: Leroy "JR" LaPlante, Lakota
Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
Spoonkeepers: Michael Cruz, Chumash and Rebecca Sanchez, Yaqui

Susie Hansen Latin Band
Sunday, March 11, 1 - 4p
Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CAl

They will play outdoors. Enjoy Salsa dancing with us in the sun & the sea air.

Paintings & Drawings by David Rosales
Artist's Reception: Sunday, March 11, 1 - 3p
Artist's Talk: Sunday, April 1, 1p
Museum of History & Art, Ontario, 225 S Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA
March 7 - April 22
909.983.3198 http://www.ci.ontario.ca.us/index.cfm/34413

Rosales has been creating his own visual narrative. A lifelong resident of San Bernardino, he is a nationally recognized Chicano artist who has intentionally set himself apart from the Chicano mainstream. This exhibit features paintings & drawings completed during the past 10 years as Rosales explores historic & contemporary aspects of his Latino heritage & culture.

NorthEastLA Galleries On-Going Exhibits:

See separately sent Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride and NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night Newslwetter @ http://www.EyeSpyLA.com or http://www.nelalive.net

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