March 4 – 6pm. Opening Reception. 16th Annual Dia de la Mujer Exhibition




San Diego, California. Casa Familiar, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, is pleased to announce the exhibition WOMXN, WORDS & WEAVING – Mujeres, Palabras y Tejidos as part of Casa Familiar’s 16th annual Dia de la Mujer. The Dia de la Mujer exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on March 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at The FRONT Arte & Cultura (147 W. San Ysidro Blvd, 92173.)

Continuing its long tradition in San Ysidro and San Diego, Casa Familiar’s Dia de la Mujer celebration brings together a wide array of international and local artists over several events to elevate the works of BIPOC women and non-binary artists. It is an open invitation for artists to explore relevant issues of identity, gender, politics, community and spirituality.

This year’s exhibition is curated by Katie Ruiz, Artist and the Artistic Director of the Women’s Museum of California. Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree of Art from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. Her emphasis on Fiber art, painting and mixed media is evident in her artwork and curation.

The exhibition showcases the works of 27 artists from 4 different countries including guest artist Natalia Toledo, Oaxacan poet who writes in Spanish & Zapotec,  as well as Irma Sofia Poeter, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Maria de Los Angeles, Alessandra Moctezuma, Delana Delgado, among other talented participants. The commemoration will include an exhibition and parallel activities taking place during the months of March & April, such as the special concert by The San Diego Symphony on March 25.

Words about the exhibition by Katie Ruiz:

This exhibit will honor those women who have blazed a pathway for future generations. As we celebrate through these bold works amplifying voices through poetry and textiles.

The concept of this exhibit explores the ways women have shared their stories through often invisible art forms. Textiles have been used for centuries as a modality to describe a person’s tribe, story, number of children, harvests, moon cycles and more. This laborious craft is an act of activism through which beauty, color and narrative flourish.

Through colonialism, slavery, femicide and sexism, womxn have managed to speak truth through creation rather than destruction. Poetry which once was not allowed for womxn, is now spoken on the rooftops. Symbols on Huipiles helped women identify each other’s community and shared stories. Shared narrative builds community and trust.

Artists Participating:

Guest Artists:

Alessandra Moctezuma

Celia Herrera Rodriguez

Delana Delgado

Irma Sofia Poeter

Maria de Los Angeles

Natalia Toledo

Artists selected through the open call:

Ale Ruiz Tostado

Alejandra Moral

Alexa Macías

Alexxa Walker

Alireza Amin Mozafari


Constanza Fregoso

Ediciones Caradura & Damariz Aispuro

Esther Gámez Rubio

Gaby Espina

Ghis Rodríguez

Jenny Sandoval

Jill Marie Holslin

Laurène Praget

Maricruz Alvarado

Melissa Walter

Michelle Romero

Mirrored fatality

Sepideh Shamloufard

Sofía Limón

The FRONT Arte & Cultura is a gallery is operated by Casa Familiar, a community development agency in south San Diego. In their 16 years of operations, The FRONT has become a key binational and multicultural art institution of the San Diego-Tijuana region. The FRONT Arte & Cultura at Casa Familiar invites the public to attend the following Dia de la Mujer events:

Parallel Activities:

March 4, 6-8pm – Exhibition Opening Reception

March 8, 6-8pm – Protect your Artistic Creations: A Practical Legal Workshop for Artists. With California Lawyers for the Arts. Featuring Olivia Casellini

March 25, 6pm – San Diego Symphony Concert. Conducted by Andrés González

April 15, 12-4 pm – Sidro Saturdays: Mujerxs Edition. Womxn-identifying and non-binary artists, vendors, and performers

May 4, 6-8pm Closing Reception / Tour of the exhibition. Led by curator Katie Ruiz and participant artists.