Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
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 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.
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Santiago-Sanchez, Esther, "Exploring Chicana Identity Through Mascaras (Masks) as a Healing Process" (2016). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 636.