GWSS 451 Latina Cultural Production Class Ofrendas

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GWSS 451 Latina Cultural Production Class Ofrendas Dia de Muertos Committee at El Centro de La Raza in Beacon Hill

The University of Washington’s Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department is honored to be invited by the Dia de Muertos Committee at El Centro de La Raza in Beacon Hill to share collective Ofrendas created by students enrolled in our Fall 2020 “Latina Cultural Production Class” taught by Professor Michelle Habell-Pallán. The class is a collaboration with KVRU 105.7 FM community radio, Womxn Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities Collective, and artistic director Jovita Mercado. The ofrenda/ altar gives us a physical structure--a “mechanism for remembering”--to honor the resilience practices of loved-ones who came before us and to honor the resilience and restorative practices of people or groups who help us envision and create a more free and just future.  

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Credits (GWSS 451 students): Artistic Director: Jovita Mercado, Student Altar Builders: Yebel Gallegos, Genesis Gramajo, Kaitlynn Mitchell, Kyliah Urbina, Aliyah Mohamed, Jailene Sanchez, Eden Cazares, and Shea Bray, Daniela Altamirano Crosby, Vilma Odette Alvarado Garcia and Carla Annet Avila, Liliana Alvarado Garcia, Abril Beretta, Mariana Aguiniga and Melody Reeder, Lindsay Vallejo, Jazmin Higuera Banos, Karina Flores, Laura Camunez.