Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse is a project created by Peggy Robles-Alvarado as part of Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist Grant.
The project began as a free writing workshop series with guest facilitators Shihan Candy Warixi Soto, Manuela Majestic Faith Arciniegas, and Iya Jacqueline Martin.
Each session included information and movement using traditional practices for clearing or shifting energy, and culminated with a writing exercise intended to allow participants to make connections to their muses, body, and spirit to surge the creativity and joy Mrs. Robles-Alvarado calls magic.
“I loved the sisterhood atmosphere and the support from the other women. Thank you for providing this space and allowing me to be part of it.”
To celebrate the completion of the workshop series, the mujeres compiled their work into a collective anthology. Seasoned and new writers met for months and organized a public reading during the 12th annual Latin American Cultural week that was free and open to the community. Some had never performed before.
“It was thrilling to support such an authentic and powerful project that amplified the voices and experiences of Bronx Latinx women,” says Spaceworks Community Organizer Raul Rivera. “The event was completely sold out and the performances were memorizing; filled with raw emotion, joy, culture and resilient experiences of love, loss, and compassion.”
“This is true community work. It’s not about perfection, it’s about creation and expression. We thank the communities we are part of for supporting this act of creative rebellion and we thank you for sharing space with us.”Peggy-Robles Alvarado, Lead Artist
This project is made possible through Spaceworks’ Bronx Community Artist Grant, which aims to enhance connections between artists and communities in the Bronx.