vozarrón is a culture column that critiques and celebrates

vozarrón is noise, a word used to mock the voice of a matriarch that speaks boldly, seeking attention and care for her community. The word highlights the “rough” qualities of a voice and deems it too “manly” or too “loud.” It’s a voice that is not delicate or shy, but is often undermined and ignored. Yet, it is persistent; repetitive. It is a sound that expresses the needs of a community in spaces that neglects them. It is often the plea for care, attention, and justice, but one that also carries a bassed laughter and a strong yet goofy character that laughs at itself. A voice that celebrates and demands.

With this essence, vozarrón is a short culture column that centers the issues and conversations often neglected in art spaces that involve social issues and marginalized experiences. A column that celebrates and critiques itself and its people. It is based on a series of conversations, cultural interrogations, and exchanges with our extended community and is presented through our monthly newsletter. The primary sources — in the form of audio, direct quotes, and multimedia imagery — have a home on our website and across on our social media.

This column focuses on the experiences, and challenges of Powerhouse staff, artists, and friends as people that we believe to be infinite sources of creativity, who are problem-solvers helping each other and working together to create a culture that thrives when justicia flourishes. This column will include poetry, art, and music. It will also include other recommendations in regards to the topic such as readings, podcasts, articles, etc.

The column will be a space to discuss questions such as: What does it mean for social justice to incite cultural power at Powerhouse through its programs in Print, Textile, Wood, and Metal, and Ceramic, Project Management, Teaching and Learning, and Public Engagement? How do people at Powerhouse facilitate artmaking as transformative power? How do we define power?

Produced by Angélica Maria Millán Lozano (she / her) Senior Communications Associate at Powerhouse Arts and artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

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