15 May Las Fotos Project presents 5th Annual “Viva La Muxer” Art & Music Benefit Festival
This year’s event theme, #MigrantMamas celebrates the power of creating
connections across borders.
LOS ANGELES (Thursday, May 14, 2019) – Viva La Muxer, Los Angeles’ highly anticipated arts and music festival will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Lincoln Heights at the historic Plaza de la Raza. The annual festival, which draws over 3,000 guests, features women-identified artists, performers and vendors – making it one of the largest women-centered cultural and arts events in Los Angeles. This year marks the 5th year for Viva La Muxer, which also serves as a benefit Las Fotos Project, a community-based organization mentoring teenage girls through photography.
The 2019 Viva La Muxer festival will be dedicated to Migrant Mamas – women who have transcended geographic and socioeconomic borders while raising families. The theme is not only a celebration, but also a statement of solidarity with migrant women in our current political and social climate. Immigrants today account for 13.5% of the U.S. population and 40% of all immigrant business owners are women, often while also serving as primary caregivers within their families.
Fabiola Lopez, an 18-year-old photographer that has been a part of Las Fotos Project since 2014 states, “It’s important to celebrate the women in our lives who have worked hard for the benefit of our future. Viva La Muxer and the Migrant Mamas theme will be a significant time for community to come together to celebrate and thank these women and their work by using the skills and creativity that we have learned from them.”
The theme will be carried throughout the event by various activation such as a gallery exhibition with over 100 artists showcasing work dedicated to migrant women, a community resource area with dozens of organizations supporting the immigrant community and other key engagements such as:
- A Migrant Mamas virtual reality experience offered in partnership with TecnoLatinx, a women-run organization whose goal is to educate community members around the uses of Virtual Reality as a storytelling medium.
- A wheat pasting workshop led by artist Johanna Toruño of The Unapologetically Brown Series highlighting importance of public art by people of color in communities of color.
- A marketplace with 20 women-owned small business owners selling handmade wares, books, clothing and more.
“Viva La Muxer is about celebrating women’s creativity and their contributions to the lives of literally everyone in attendance and to the surrounding community,” says Eric V. Ibarra, Founder and Executive Director of Las Fotos Project. “We’re so proud of all the artists joining us on May 25, and we’re excited for guests to experience their art, music, and voice. It’s an excellent representation of the Las Fotos Project community – uplifting, fun and powerful.”
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6:00 PM – 10:00PM
Where: Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Tickets: $25 General Admission Presale
$35 General Admission Doors
Visuals & Details: All women-identifying line-up of 100+ visual artists, live music, dance performances, art installations, virtual reality experience, all-ages arts workshops, a pop up marketplace, food court, and community resource booths.
Featured Talent: Irka Mateo, Linafornia, Te Aho Nui, Welfair, Bloco Obini, Banda Femenil Oaxaqueña Los Angeles DJ Alima Lee, Shakti Circus
About Las Fotos Project
Las Fotos Project is a nonprofit organization that inspires teen girls from communities of color through photography, mentorship and self-expression. To learn more about Las Fotos Project visit www.lasfotosproject.org or follow the organization via Twitter and Instagram @lasfotosproject.