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Viva La Milpa Project Visits See Jane Do: Passion Into Action Conference

by Chula Gemignani

Director Viva La Milpa Project

When I read the title to this years’ See Jane Do Conference “Passion Into Action” I didn’t hesitate to contact Elisa Parker, co-founder of See Jane Do . I believe my message said something like “if there is anyone who puts their passion into action to help change the world it’s me and I would love to participate! ”

See Jane Do is a social change organization that redefines media for women and the power of story to create positive change.  They capture the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things for the planet and showcase women who are turning their passion into action.  They offer a radio program sponsored by KVMR Radio, Nevada City, CA , a multi-media website, Media Lounge, and the See Jane Do Passion in Action Conference™ which is annual and is designed to serve the rural American woman by providing education, information and tools to power their passion.

I was invited to set up a table to represent the Viva La Milpa Project and of course brought “Chula’s Portable Art Studio”, where once again I invited the participants to come create a paper quilt in the atmosphere of creativity and community. I love inviting people to get their hands into the creative process!  It is a great way to have them embody the difference that art makes in our world.

See Jane Do particularly was a potent event to experience the making of a quilt.  Simply because quilt making is such a long standing tradition amongst women and there are thousands of quilts in the world that carry the passion, voices and stories of so many women.  The quilt has always been a messenger of story, political views and social commentary.  So, to be sitting with the strong movers and shakers at this conference, making our paper quilt while sharing amongst each other was somewhat of a timeless experience.

At the end of the conference we raffled off the quilt to raise funds for our traveling art and education exhibition in Mexico.  We raised $200! Thank you!

You can now see the quilt displayed at The Briar Patch Co-Op in Grass Valley where it was donated.

Enjoy the photos and hope to see you at the next See Jane Do event.

Abrazos, Chula

 

 

 

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