This past weekend I was able to make it out to the downtown art market (DWNTWN ARTMRKT) to support El Paso's local female artists. There were dancers, singers, art vendors, jewelry makers, bakers, artists, and numerous organizations helping the cause. This event was not the first, nor the last. It was a part of a series of events Mujeres de la Tierra had last week. They celebrated their sixth annual art, dance music, and poetry celebration with a slogan investing hope for the future, "planting seeds of change." Latinitas had a table displaying artwork from some of the girls, and we were able to raise some money for the magazine. Thank you ladies for all your support!
Mujeres began a workshop series on Monday, with a Step by Step Results seminar, "taking negative thoughts and shifting them into positive affirming statements." Then there was an African Drum Dance workshop open to all ages After, was an energetic yoga session from pre-Colombian Mesoamerica.
Tuesday The El Paso Main Public Library held "Herstory- Mexica Goddess’ throughout Time." Participants learned of ancestral goddesses, and of aspects of nature that relate to women. Later there was an awakening exploration of the body and the spirit through dance.
On Wednesday there was a poetry workshop, which i'm sad to say that I missed, that helped bring out your inner poetry Goddess.
Then there was Friday, another day I can say was sadly missed by me. It was held at the Root Yoga studio, first there was the art of permaculture. So the participants learned how to better live and care for the earth, others and of fair sharing. Then after learning of how to help the earth, participants learned the art of the womb, and "explored the spiritual implications of the female anatomy."
Later, there was a candlelight vigil to address the violence against women, and women on living on the border.
All these wonderfully educational activities add up to the main events held on Saturday that included the DWNTWN ARTMRKT where I bought three beautifully hand crafted rings, and a framed photo. There was also Aztec Dancing by Danza Omecoatl, singers Calista and Te Castro, more dancing by Mindy Chanson and an African drum and dance by Patmbores. They were all super fun and created a great energy to be felt all around Union Plaza.after you could meet and greet the artists, and that night there was a huge dance, party with numerous musicians, singers, dancers and entertainment at Tricky Falls, but it was only for 21+, that's how you know it really was a party.
All the proceeds of these events went to the El Paso Permaculture group where they plan to create sustainable gardens throughout downtown. This will be for all those business people who want to take an afternoon stroll on their lunch break. These women made a great impact on the community and will keep on keep'n on until there is a greater balance in the world.