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October 12, 2021

Mi Casa es Tu Casa – Pérdida, Historia y Curación

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa - History, Loss and Healing. October 27 - December 12, 2021

Exhibit Dates: October 27 – December 12, 2021
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00PM – 3:00pm

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Mexico that commemorates community members and family who have passed away. Altars/Ofrendas are built in homes, churches, schools, cemeteries, and museums that honor and remember the dead. PVA invites you into “our home”.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Mexico that commemorates community members and family who have passed away. Altars/Ofrendas are built in homes, churches, schools, cemeteries, and museums that honor and remember the dead. PVA invites you into “our home”.

This year the exhibit is focusing on three themes. The 500- year commemoration of the Mexican Pandemic (1521-1600), family and community members who have passed during this past pandemic year and La Cultura Cura/Healing.

History: The commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of the pandemic in Mexico caused by smallpox and other newly introduced diseases resulted in the deaths of millions of Indigenous people. Beginning in 1521, ninety percent of the Indigenous population succumbed to diseases.

Loss: Using altares/altars, art, installations, we invited families and community groups to use the space to honor those they have lost during the time of the 2020 pandemic. Large gatherings such as funerals have been avoided to prohibit the spread of the disease.

Healing: Concha Saucedo writes that La Cultura Cura/Culture Heals. We are all born into cultures that have traditions, beliefs, practices, and other elements that offer healing such as Compadrazco, Temazcal/medicinal, steam baths, hierbas/healing herbs, dignidad/dignity, respeto/ respect, confianza/trust, carino/love for life, esperanza/spirituality, and myths.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

October 29, 6.00PM
Dia de los Muertos performances and film screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” with the Watsonville Film Festival at the Watsonville Plaza.

October 30, 5.00PM
Candlelight Vigil at Watsonville Plaza. Followed by hot chocolate and pan dulce at PVA Gallery, 37 Sudden Street from 6:30-8:30PM. All community members welcome.
Flyer Candelight Vigil

November 5, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs will facilitate a Writing Workshop, entitled, La Cultura Cura, Rebozos via Zoom 6:30pm-8:30pm, https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96555441248. Open to all.

November 7, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Opening reception at PVA Gallery; music, dance, and art activities.

November 11, 6:30-8:30PM
Poetry event via Zoom 6:30pm-8:30pm, https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/99652301357 by Santa Cruz Writers of Color and the winners of the Watsonville Library poetry contest. Open to all.
Poetry Event Flyer

November 18, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Book discussion; Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer via Zoom 6:30pm-8:30pm, https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98587540894

November 20, 12.00PM-2.00PM
Arpillera Workshop with Graciela Vega; 12-2pm at PVA Gallery back yard. Participants will make a brightly colored patchwork picture using scraps of cloth. Please call PVA or email to reserve your space. Limited to 20. History of Arpillera

Date TBD
Watsonville Film Festival showing of La Ofrenda, The Days of the Dead by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Munoz. Information will become available on PVA’s website.

PVA thanks the twenty-seven community groups and twenty artists for their participation in this year’s Mi Casa es Tu Casa exhibit.

Thank you to the curator Shirley Flores-Muñoz, for her extraordinary work in presenting Mi Casa es Tu Casa; Pérdida, Historia y Curación.