Behind the Art (BtA) series

BtA is our blog series that uses imagery, audio, video and text to tell stories about artists and their artwork. 

Marcela Garcia’s ofrenda tribute to her grandmother Maria del Socorro Garcia Valadez

Identity was this year’s subject of our Día de los Muertos exhibition. Marcela Garcia really took it to heart and personally knew how important identity is to a person. Her grandmother Maria suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s and struggled to keep her own identity at the end of her life. Her family saw her identity fade away and also their own identity in relations to Maria.

Marcela, who serves in the organization of Latinas En Acción (LEA), make the ofrenda in tribute to her grandmother and also to the awareness and support of mental illness.

She explains that mental illness is often met with stigma, and it’s even more so in the Latino community. LEA will hold a reception on Friday, November 14 to shed light on dementia and Alzheimer’s in the Latino community, especially for women, which is effected at a higher percentage. NAMI of Greater Milwaukee and the Girl Scout Troop of the United Community Center and United Christian Center, two grantees of LEA, will also be honored for their work to better the Latina community.

Walker’s Point Cent for the Arts is a proud community sponsor of the event. Please join us for the reception in our gallery, 5:30–7pm. Also, please give any amount you can to Latinas En Acción to help them in their cause of bringing support to the Latino community. Click here to donate now.

Play the Soundcloud audio and scroll down for images.

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