Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Inspired by Anzaldúa’s notion of haciendo cara (making face), this máscara (mask) project documents the artistic and cultural ways that pre- and in-service Chicana maestras (educators)—individually and collectively—create masks as a healing process. In this creative “work,” making sense of their “body and soul,” the Chicanas, as Anzaldúa notes, acquire agency as they (re)member their own identity entre la comunidad (within community). The four-stage process—mask making, pláticas (community dialogues), one-on-one or small group charlas (chats), and individual writings (poems and narratives)—empowers the Chicanas to give voz (voice)—in art and words—to a variety of issues, which coalesce around the themes of educación (education), familia (family), and spirituality. Chicanas report that the power of self-discovery that flows from haciendo máscaras[1] is possible because as comadres (peers) they share an empowered comunidad (community) and cultural and racial identity, elements that have been marginalized within their educational journey.

[1] In order to not interrupt the flow of the paper this word will not be translated throughout the paper


No part of this Capstone Paper may be used for teaching or research purposes.

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