A Call to our Ancestors is a multimedia series dedicated to honoring the ancestors that came before us. The project portrays various generations of Puerto Rican women, each symbolizing a different element of the culture as well as their roles in society. A large photo collection, an art installation and a community engagement workshop are all part of the series. A Call to our Ancestors will be touring in Easthampton, Holyoke and Cambridge, within the Puerto Rican diaspora. 

Each iteration of A Call to our Ancestors, features one woman that represents a different element of the culture as well as their roles in society. The generations of women are composed of La Primera (the first) as the healer, Abuelita Juana (great-grandmother) as the protector, Abuela Eva (grandmother) as wisdom, Valeria (mother) as courage, Titi Clarita (aunt) as hope, Xiomara (daughter) as consciousness. This women-centered piece recognizes the women in our past and present whose trajectories are too often forgotten.

Public Art

View the large photo mural in The Cubit building on Main St and Appleton St in Holyoke, MA.

Support the featured artist Brendaliz Cepeda | @bomba_de_aqui | bombadeaqui123@gmail.com 

thank you to our sponsors

A Call to our Ancestors was made possible with funding by the Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE) Studio Residency Program, ECA Artist Grants Initiative, El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke, the New England Foundation for the Arts' Public Art for Spatial Justice Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the City of Boston.”