The MM Collective (Mujeres Mutantes) is a group of women artists and craft makers from Chicago with a mission to inspire and empower others through art and culture. Tonight, they’re holding a fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in support of their work, which will continue to generate art programming in their communities. Mujeres Mutantes, and those they collaborate with, are helping make art accessible to all and that is something worthy of all our support. Tickets are available here: bit.ly/
These fierce women believe that great power lies in empowering communities to make art and embrace positive changes. Through collaborative efforts, they strive to make art visible and accessible to all.
“The Port Ministries’ mission, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Charism, is to provide the fundamental needs of mind, body, and spirit. They do this by offering free services and resources to south side Chicago residents so they can better themselves, their families, and strengthen our community.
In partnership with The Port Ministries, Mujeres Mutantes have developed PM Art Studios. This is where the mission of the Port Ministries comes to life visually. Members hold art residency at The Port Ministries and maintain studio spaces, provide People’s School workshops, develop mission-friendly visual art projects, and curate The Port’s gallery spaces.
Mujeres Mutantes and The Port Ministries mission align to passionately serve our community with the hope to inspire and empower residents to develop their own artistic voice. Though the partnership is less than a year old, we have been able to accomplish quite a bit in less than a year:
•Provided a series of free weekly art workshops in the Back of the Yards/Englewood communities.
•Collaborated with local artists in creating mural work for The Port’s gymnasium.
•Provide a mural for the 3rd Annual Faith in Action-a city-wide community event to stop gun violence.
•Co-hosted a cultural exchange with women muralists from Panama which produced the “Mujer y Memoria” mural along 49th and Ashland viaduct walls.
•Collaborated with Goddistas & hosted the “New Moons” B-Girl Build break battle. •Created “DIA DE LAS MUJERES,” a Day of the Dead-inspired fashion show that included the participation of local women of color models, youth, performers, artists.
•With various Back of the Yards organizations, we hosted a street festival “Fiesta de la Vida.”
•Featured exhibitions such as “Por el Amor de Frida” and the annual “Beautiful Souls Coffin Show.”