“Her Resilience is a testament to what can be done when women come together." - Hazel Streete
The purpose of Her Resilience is to disrupt the status quo of public art intentionally creating public space that addresses women's issues such as violence, abuse, & economic disparity and that showcase the artistic works of women. Though this mission, Her Resilience aims to provide a point of discussion to facilitate healing and bring some of the traumas we all face as a community to light
Park Community Garden
In 2015 we produced an art exhibition featuring the work of twelve female artists and community members which was installed at Park Community Garden. Our artists produced portraits of women in the community who have lost their lives due to violence and of strong women in their own lives.
March 21, 2015 the core organizers of Her Resilience in partnership with Mamacitas Cafe unveiled the very first mural installation of Her Resilience, located at the Park Blvd Community Garden at Cleveland and Park Blvd. Funded by the Akonadi Foundation’s Beloved Community Fund and individual donors, Phase I was inspired by the story of Kimberly Robertson, a young mother who was raped and killed, and her body dumped on Park Blvd near the mural’s site April 2014. Twelve female identified artists each painted a 4x6 ft panel paying tribute to her and to other women through powerful but positive imagery that speaks to women’s resilience and survival. The panels consist of portraits of women affected by violence and portraits of inspirational women of color whom the artist hold in high regard and with whom they feel a sense of spiritual kinship.
The March 21st unveiling was a powerful day for the local Oakland community. The day's purpose of healing was initiated with opening ceremony by Calpulli Huey Papalotl. The Indigenous ceremonial and ritual dances known as Danza Azteca was lead by Maestra Pati Juarez. She called out the name of Tonantzin, mother earth Goddess of this land, honoring each direction and the women warriors among us. There were facilitated dialogues on safety and resilience, and healing circles for men, women and children. Bay Area Women Against Rape provided two volunteer counselors, supporting the healing environment to encourage safe expression, listening and mutual validation. The day also included food vended by women owned businesses such as Mamacitas Cafe.