Amiguitos de La Peña Presents: Asheba
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Love Balm for My SpiritChild is a performance piece based on the testimonies of Bay Area mothers that have lost children to acts of violence. The Love Balm Project began as a 4-part workshop series for mothers who have lost children to systemic violence. Love Balm for My SpiritChild was inspired by the revolutionary acts of mothers fighting for justice for their children living and dead. It was specifically inspired by how mothers’ memory has served as a vehicle for justice in the cases of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, Oscar Grant III Amadou Diallo, and Emmett Till. The inaugural workshop series and staged reading took place at 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Ga and featured the testimonies of 6 Atlanta mothers. The Love Balm Project works to provide a space for commemorative justice. It steps beyond the framework of capturing testimony in the judical sense and creates spaces for communities to remember, witness, imagine and organize. It creates a space for mothers to not only create a healig process, but also network knowledge and resources to support other forms of violence prevention and awareness.
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.