La Ofrenda on 9th Street: Claiming Space and Stimulating Visibility through Mexican Altars and Offerings

La Ofrenda on 9th Street explores one of the Folklore Project’s most recent Folk Art & Social Change Residencies through the eyes of its lead artists, organizers, and PFP staff. This multi-year project translated deep ethnographic inquiry into an experiential place-based exhibition in Philadelphia’s iconic Italian Market (and now largely Mexican neighborhood). La Ofrenda centered Mexican home altars as means for (re) claiming and building safe spaces, both literally and figuratively, throughout our city. The project also highlighted the growing community's cultural presence in South Philadelphia. 

This multilingual series (English and Spanish) was produced by Los Herederos and was made possible by the William Penn Foundation. 

La Ofrenda on 9th Street is produced in loving memory of Ana Guisel Palma. 

Featured speakers include:

Cesar Viveros - Lead Artist
Ofelia & Rosanna Esparza - Special Project Consultants
Selina Morales - Former Executive Director - Philadelphia Folklore Project
Leticia Nixon - Committee Member
Ivonne Pinto-Garcia - Committee Member
Cristina Martinez - Project Partner and Owner of South Philly Barbacoa


Part 1: About La Ofrenda
Part 2: La Ofrenda in the Community

Part 3: En Conclusión/Tying It All Together