An exhibit opening this weekend at downtown’s LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes helps commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Eastside’s Chicna feminist collective Mujeres de Maíz.

“Mujeres de Maíz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A.” celebrates “twenty years of visual and healing arts as well as political, social, and spiritual work that encourage women’s creativity and empowerment,” according to the LA Plaza website. Visitors will be able to explore the collective’s work  “through paintings, clothing, historic photographs, ephemera, and fascinating installations.”

One of the artists to be featured in the exhibit is Northern California’s Crystal Galindo:

COATLICUE STATE: JOSIE CHANNELS THE GODDESS BY CRYSTAL GALINDO. Featured artist in our 20 year retrospective. Crystal Galindo @crystalgalindoart is a new mother and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up in Tulare County, where her love for art began at an early age. Crystal graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Sonoma State University in 2013, and has exhibited her paintings across the US. Get your tickets! . . . Mujeres de Maiz 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival ???✨ SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 2017 from 5:00pm-9:30pm. 3:00-5:00 Opening Reception 5:00pm– Mujer Mercadito Opens to Public 6:00pm-9:30pm – Show Get your tix today on eventbrite. *Link in bio. Our retrospective exhibition kicks off with our 3/4 festival and continues with various community events till 5/29/17 at @laplazala including a justice based free wellness clinic , platicas/artist talk, poetry procession, intergenerational mural, and more! Come visit the exhibition and activate the space with us! . More info on our website . #mujeresdemaiz #mdm20 #mujeresdemaiz20 #woc#womensmarch #poc #qwoc #solidarity #sisterhood #sistars #artivism #feminist #feminism #artivista #chingona #feministart #exhibition #nobanonstolenland #laplazala #xicanisma #xicanista #xicana #chicana #xicanaart #chicanaart #spiritualartivism .

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To coincide the show’s opening, Mujeres de Maíz will hold its 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival on Saturday, March 4, with doors opening and vendors and food available at  5 and performance at 6 p.m.  

The collective website describes the evening planned as “an Intercultural, Interdisciplinary Intergenerational Arts Experience with performance ofrendas of music, spoken word, dance, artisans, vendors, and more featuring womyn and queer/trans people of color.”

An article published this week in the LA Weekly says the work done by the Mujer de Maíz collective is especially relevant in these times of community fear over ICE raids and deportations.

Tickets for the festival range from $10-100 and are available here.

“Mujeres de Maíz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en LA” can be seen through May 29 at LA Plaza, 501 North Main Street Los Angeles. Open noon to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday and noon to 6 pm Friday through Sunday.  Closed Tuesdays. Admission FREE.

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