GRACIAS, Poderosa Collective!✨

Poderosa Collective
The Poderosa Collective

GRACIAS to all who attended and supported the first-ever Poderosa Collective! is grateful to be a part of the efforts to build intentional connection among Latinas, uplifting and celebrating what we as Latinas bring to our community. Francesca Mayca Wegner’s idea of bringing together Latina-led and Latina-founded organizations was no doubt a success- as measured by the smiles, the new friends and the comadreando. Let’s continuing working as Latinas unidas in making Milwaukee a place where we are collaborating and building community over competition. #shesepuede

GRACIAS to the vendors selling their goods & artisan crafts: Alquimia Holística, Festibeety, Handmade with Love by Lucy, Ina Maka, La Revo Books, Lupo Designs, Tostada by Maranta, Nostalgia Xicana, Novedades Maria, Paola’s Accessories, and Spicy Freza.?

“I Am a Poderosa” by Carmen Alicia Murguía

GRACIAS to the presenters & special guests for the moments: DJ Lesley Avina, Mariyam Nayeri of Botánica Galactica, Sandra Dempsey of Source TEN Creative & Estamos Unidos USAurora Rodriguez & Sonia Saunders of Mujerón Movement, and Carmen Murgía of Murguía Projects. Carmen wrote her newest poem, “I Am a Poderosa,” the morning of the event. Her beautiful poetry added that extra special touch, giving us ALL the feels.?

GRACIAS to the sponsors for supporting: HPGM, Analisa Crawford Consulting, Fix Your Credit Consulting, mercadoMKE, negozee, OnMilwaukee, and Source TEN.?

And last but not least, GRACIAS to the amazing poderosas who we joined in making the Poderosa Collective a reality: Mariyam Nayeri of Botanica Galáctica, Francesca Mayca Wegner of HPGM, Patty Checa of Latinas Connect Milwaukee, Nataly & Galy Montes of Mercadera Market, and Aurora Rodriguez & Sonia Saunders of Mujerón Movement. ❤️

P.S. The photos by Karen Oliva Photography are coming soon. They are ?!

Amigas: What’s Your Vision for 2020?

Happy New Year, amigas! With the New Year comes an opportunity to create your vision for more good things to come in 2020. And to do this, we suggest checking out the next Latinas Connect Milwaukee event, 2020 Vision Board Workshop, that will take place on Thursday, January 23 at 5:30 pm at Farmhouse Paint & Sip.

Are you…
Dreaming of a new business or career?
Have goals for 2020?
Visualize change in 2020?
Manifesting change or new dreams?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please visit for more event details and to get your workshop ticket!

12/20/19 Milwaukee Holiday Celebration with HispanicPro & Your Free Discount Code

Looking for a festive networking event to kick off the pre-holiday weekend? Join HispanicPro and Milwaukee Hispanic professionals for an evening of complimentary cocktails (courtesy of Tito’s Vodka) and holiday celebration on Friday, December 20th at Snifter’s Tapas & Spirits.

Secure your complimentary ticket today at with code “holidaycomp”. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door.

Save 25% off tickets to First Stage’s ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA

First Stage Presents
October 18 – November 10, 2019

By Alvaro Saar Rios
An adaptation of Ghost Wings by Barbara Joosse
Original Music and Lyrics by Dinorah Marquez

Ten-year-old Pilar breathes deeply of her grandmother’s rebozo to relive memories of her beloved abuelita—making corn tortillas, dueling the monsters under the bed and journeying to the forest known as El Círculo Mágico. Slowly, the scent begins to fade – and with it, Pilar’s memories. Amidst the monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, soar with Pilar on her journey in this bilingual world premiere play, discovering that “when you love someone, they never really leave you.”

Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 5 – 17+

*Save 25% off your tickets to On The Wings of A Mariposa when you order online at and use promo code: MiVoz. Offer valid for select price zones only, and cannot be used towards a Family Package or applied towards previously purchased tickets. Seats are subject to availability.

Top 10 Reasons to See

Reason #1: Abuelita
Because we know that abuelita is always with us, telling us, “Que Dios te bendiga.”
Porque sabemos que abuelita estará siempre con nosotros para decirnos, “Que Dios te bendiga.”

Reason #2: Four Years in the Making Reflects First Stage’s Commitment to Milwaukee’s Latino Community
This creative journey started four years ago when First Stage decided to bring to the stage Barbara Joosse’s book Ghost Wings. The result is ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA, a heartwarming story about Latino values and Mexican traditions.
Esta jornada creativa comenzó cuando First Stage decidió adaptar el libro Ghost Wings de Barbara Joosse en una obra de teatro. El resultado es ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA, una conmovedora historia sobre nuestros valores latinos y tradiciones de la cultura mexicana.

Reason #3: Young Talent from Neighborhood Schools
The talented young performers from ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA attend the following schools:
Los talentosos jóvenes actores de ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA asisten a:
La Causa Charter School, Golda Meir High School, Deer Creek Intermediate School, Bruce Guadalupe Community School, Milwaukee School Of Languages, St. Josaphat Parish School, Downtown Montessori Academy, Bayside Middle School, Wisconsin Connections Academy, Franklin High School, Forest Park Middle School, and Brookfield Academy

Reason #4: Spanish is Poetry
Because Spanish is such a beautiful language–it’s being used in ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA like poetry to emphasize cultural context and to remind us of our own Latino heritage.
El español es utilizado en ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA para recordarnos de nuestra amada herencia latina: nuestra música, colores y sabores.

Reason #5: Talented Local Artists
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA is the theater adaptation of the book Ghost Wings by Barbara Jooss, brought on stage by playwright Alvaro Saar Ríos, Latino Arts Strings Program and Mariachi Juvenil Director Dinorah Márquez, and Costume Designer Jazmín Medina.
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA es la adaptación teatral del libro Ghost Wings de Barbara Joosse, creada por el Dramaturgo Alvaro Saar Ríos, la Directora de Latino Arts Strings Program and Mariachi Juvenil Dinorah Márquez, y la Diseñadora de Vestuario Jazmín Medina.

Reason #6: Three Generations of Latinas
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA the bond between three generations of strong Latinas is like no other.
En ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA, el vínculo entre tres generaciones de mujeres latinas de espíritu fuerte y vivaz no se compara con nada.

Reason #7: Latino Arts Strings Program
Dinorah Márquez masterfully created the music for this play – and even recreated the sounds from the Magic Circle using pre-Columbian instruments. She also directed the talented young musicians from United Community Center’s Latino Arts Strings Program in the recording of the music for this play.
Dinorah Márquez escribió la música y la letra para ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA. También recreó, con instrumentos precolombinos, los sonidos de la naturaleza que se escuchan en el Círculo Mágico, y dirigió a los jóvenes del programa Latino Arts Strings de United Community Center durante la grabación de la música para esta obra.

Reason #8: Monarch Butterflies and the Magic Circle
The Magic Circle is a place in Mexico where millions of monarch butterflies arrive to protect themselves from the cold and to breed, after their long journey. This magical place is beautifully portrayed in ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA.
El Círculo Mágico es un lugar en México a donde llegan todos los años millones de mariposas monarcas para protegerse del invierno y reproducirse, después de un largo viaje. Este mágico lugar está bellamente representado en ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA.

Reason #9: From the Lens of a Young Girl
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA is shared through the distinct and youthful lens of ten-year-old Pilar, and all audiences, young and old alike, can connect to it.
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA es una conmovedora historia contada por Pilar, una niña de diez años, quien nos hace sentir lo más profundo del amor entre una niña y su abuelita.

Reason #10: It’s a Heartwarming Celebration of Day of the Dead
The vibrant tradition of Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of departed loved ones, and death as a natural part of life.
La vibrante tradición del Día de los Muertos celebra la vida de familiares que han fallecido, y la muerte como parte natural de la vida.

Interested in hearing about events *and* having a chance to win 4 tickets to Mexican Fiesta?

Mexican Fiesta 2019

We’re giving away 4-packs of tickets to #MexicanFiestaMKE! For your chance to win, subscribe to e-newsletters by filling in the information above. All email sign-ups must be received by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 22. Winners will be notified via email and must be willing to pick-up the tickets in person at Mexican Fiesta on Friday, August 23 between 12:00-6:00 pm. Thank you and good luck!
¡Estamos regalando paquetes de 4 boletos para #MexicanFiestaMKE! Para tener la oportunidad de ganar, suscríbase a nuestro boletín electrónico y complete la información anterior. Todos los registros de correos electrónicos deben recibirse antes de las 5:00 pm del jueves 22 de agosto. Los ganadores serán notificados por correo electrónico y deben estar dispuestos a recoger los boletos en persona en Mexican Fiesta el viernes, 23 de agosto entre las 12:00-6:00 pm. ¡Gracias y buena suerte!


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Hay muchos eventos que descubrir en nuestra pagina web, por lo que esperamos que encuentre tiempo para que nos visite frecuentemente y se informarse acerca de eventos aún más importantes que ayudan a unir nuestra comunidad. Y si usted es un organizador de eventos sobre los cuales podríamos escuchar, haga clic aquí para agregar sus eventos a nuestro calendario comunitario.

–Andrea, Founder