Start off the new year with a series of workshops at The Hub for Sustainable Living in Santa Cruz that frame culture and tradition as artistic modes of resistance, protest, and cultural survival skills. How do we respond to urgent massive migration concerns? How do we project ourselves into a future that threatens cultural extinction? Through traditional Mexican kite-making and drawing from traditional Mexican embroidery skills, we seek to address these questions and more. The act of making in this workshop embodies the spirit of activism, peaceful protest, and the celebration of cultural resilience. By making and flying kites and embroidering visual language of resistance we will protest together against the detention center deaths of immigrants at the hands of the current administration; the separation of children and youth from their families by the government; the fear and hatred that has been constructed around immigrants. And at the same time we will use traditional crafting skills as means to empower cultural resilience for future and current generations in the face of political, cultural, and ecological threats to our communities.
This project is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.