Friday, August 2, 2013

Making a Mayan Mosaic

In prepration for SoulFiesta block party, we are making a Mayan mosaic (alfombra de aserrín) that will represent our cultural diversity.

We are looking for volunteers that can help with coloring in the mosaic design that the Mayan artist will be directing. You are welcome to stop by anytime to volunteer for 1 hour or so. The mosaic will celebrate Mayan, Asian, and African American cultures. It takes an entire community to make a mosaic and we hope that you will be able to join us! 

Date: Sat, Aug 10
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Luther Place Memorial Church
1226 Vermont Ave NW, DC 20005
(entrance to the church is on N Street)

 
The completed alfombra de aserrín will be presented during the SoulFiesta street party that will take place on Aug 10 at 4:00 PM.

“Alfombras de Aserrín” (Carpets made of beans, rice, salt and sawdust) is a Guatemalan tradition that dates back to the Mayans. These mosacis were originally made with flowers for the kings to walk on as they made their way to Mayan ceremonies. In the 16th Century, the Catholic church altered the tradition of the ”alfombra” and began to use colorful sawdust to create them.

Some of the mosaics we have made in the past:

 

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