We are thrilled to announce that we are pairing with Puerto Rican LGBTQIA+, trans, non-binary and anti-racist art collective, House of Grace, for Casa Abierta, a digital fundraiser. The event will help raise crucial funds for housing and essential services for trans/non-binary folx on the island, especially pressing in the face of COVID-19.
Free Tickets available on Eventbrite here!
The bilingual variety event,will be hosted by Puerto Rican artists and frequent collaborators María Victoria Martinez and Xavier Reyes. It will be a colorful, lively and invigorating event, dedicated to creating a queer-and-trans positive digital space. Artists will join the Zoom to perform from across Puerto Rico, the United States and Europe over the course of the mini-festival of performance, which will also include interactive workshops.
Confirmed acts include a stand-up comedy set by Suni Reyes, poetry from Pedro De León and Karl Michael Iglesias, gender-bending performance art from Ashton Muniz and music from Kathryn Allison, LuisGa Nuñez, Eduardo María, Zulienette Ralat and Xavier Reyes. Interactive workshops include a cocktail masterclass with WWTNS? Resident Artist Pablo Calderón-Santiago, a salsa class led by Bianca Medina and live painting by Beatriz Miranda. Further acts and workshops will be announced in the coming days. Latinx costume designer and artist Carla Posada was commissioned to create original artwork for the event.
María José De Les Ángeles is a local transfeminine artist and activist, and these funds will allow her to continue her essential work on the island as the founder of House of Grace. The trans/non-binary community has experienced a disproportionate impact from COVID-19, as well as continued discrimination and violence. The donations will be contributed to the “Bakeo pa’ sobrevivir: Alcancía Brigada Cuir,” an Emergency fund ran by Espicy Nipples, la Sombrilla Cuir and House of Grace, all transfeminist-led social justice groups working towards black, trans and queer liberation on the island.