The 7th Street Mural Project Continues!


We’re back! After a quick holiday hiatus and some very cold weather the 7th Street Mural Project is moving forward!

Thanks to some hard work and generous donations from our friends and partners, we were able to secure scaffolding for the site.

Wednesday, February 5th from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join our muralist Serina and several others, in laying down some serious paint! We’ll be located on 7th Street between Santa Clara St. and San Fernando St. All hands are welcome! Depending on the weather we may even paint until later. Please join us in this amazing project!

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Grocery Outlet Mural Launch


Women Rising is excited to be teaming up with Grocery Outlet, Heart of Chaos, Silicon Valley Debug and The San Jose Peace and Justice Center  to launch our 7th Street Mural Project!

Years in the making, this project will bring together these organizations and collectives to help spread positive depictions of women as well as involve female artists in creating art that speaks to the community of San Jose. Please check out our various events and we invite you to help in any way you are able, whether through hands-on help, funding, or even just spreading the word!

For more information: Contact

To Donate: Visit Heart of Chaos’ Just Give online donations and type “7th Street Mural Project” in the Program Description or email our Artist Coordinator Freddie @ to donate materials.

To Help: Contact our Artist Coordinator Freddie @ upbeat111@yahoo.comto assist with any of the following events:

  • Monday, Oct. 28th from 9am-6pm @ Grocery Outlet: Attend to prepare and prep the wall!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29th from  6pm-late @ Grocery Outlet: Attend to assist in beginning the outline and preliminary composition.
  • Thursday, Oct 31st from  9am-6pm @ Grocery Outlet: Attend to continue the outlining and prepare the mural for Saturday’s event!
  • Friday, November 1st from 9am-6pm @ Grocery Outlet: Attend to continue outlining and begin color blocking.

Then let’s celebrate!

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Saturday, November 2nd


Grocery Outlet 272 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA


Our partner Heart of Chaos is a 501c3 through Catalyst for Youth. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets online for your chance to win the signed jersey, you can do so through Heart of Chaos with a $10 minimum ($1 per raffle ticket). CLICK HERE Please state “jersey” under the “Program” section. Thank you for your support!

Stop by Grocery Outlet to meet community members from the groups organizing the mural! There will also be food and drinks for sale to benefit the mural, activities and of course an opportunity to meet our artist Serina Serjama and assist with painting the mural. Please invite friends and family from throughout the community, and spread the word! Grocery Outlet will also have a raffle benefiting the 7th Street Mural Project! Enter to win a Shark’s jersey signed by the team!



Women Rising wants to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by our booth at the STREET MRKT last Friday! We had a great time meeting new people and spreading the word about our group and our upcoming projects. We also received a lot of interest in our artwork, especially the live painting!

As we continue to move forward with the murals, the support of our community will be crucial. Please continue to spread the word and support us! We are looking for organizers, and artists who want to make a difference and help bring more art to downtown that represents women and the arts. We hope to see you at the next meeting!


Call to Artists!

Check out this amazing opportunity!


Vision New America (VNA), a group founded in 1996 that aims to increase civic participation among underrepresented groups through its public policy internship programs, educational forums and community events, will be organizing a forum on immigrant issues.

Titled Immigration Nation: The Story of Us, the event will take place at Conference Rooms A and B at De Anza College, from 1pm to 4pm on August 17. The event is aimed at educating the community on the history of immigration and cultural identity of immigrants in America today.

Immigration Nation will be put together completely by high school and college students in the Silicon Valley, and features a number of notable speakers, including Pedro Reyes, the Events and Media Coordinator at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. The forum will also include a prize draw and an art exhibition, with an emphasis on works that evoke the immigrant identity or lifestyle in America. Also featured will be a short documentary telling the stories of a number of immigrants and how they fit in the diverse melting pot that is the United States.

Through this educational forum, VNA hopes to spread awareness about immigration matters and the hardships many immigrant communities face. It will also be a great opportunity for community leaders to meet and discuss immigration issues pertaining to the Bay Area. We hope to see you there!

Art submissions are due August 8, 2013 by email to Andrew at Please include a picture or scan of the piece (if visual art), the title of the piece, dimensions of the piece (if visual art), short description, and artist name.  Additionally for performing art pieces, we need a recording of any music or spoken word piece, video of any dance. Performers must be able to attend our event August 17, 2013 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at De Anza College.  For all other types of art please call Andrew at (408)390-7941 or email

Women Rising at STREET MRKT


Stop by the Women Rising booth at the San Jose STREET MRKT this Friday from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM we will be selling face painting as well as works by our collective members to support local events and outreach and to fund our several local mural initiatives.

Would you like to help organize our mural initiatives?

Are you interested in helping our artist to paint the murals?

Do you have ideas for outreach events to further support local women and artists?

Are you a female artist looking for an art collective that supports the issues you are concerned about?

Do you want to sharpen your skills or offer your services in media outreach, organization, workshops, panels, publishing, painting, performance, poetry, writing, and much, much more!

If you are an artist or organizer interested in equality issues in the Bay Area and beyond or you have an idea for empowering events to help support women and develop local artists we are looking for you!

Come by our booth THIS Friday to learn more about our organization and how you can help!

Join Women Rising

Join Women Rising

Women Rising is a collective dedicated to promoting and supporting female artists in the San Jose Area and beyond!

We achieve this through our community projects, events, workshops, social mixers, demonstrations and through teaming up with other collectives, organizations, and venues.

We welcome people of all talents and backgrounds. Together we hope to promote social change throughout San Jose and beyond and create a community of local artists and professionals who share common goals.

If you are interested in joining our group we meet…

Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m.
Friends Welcome!

For the location and more details please email :

Can’t Get Enough?

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The art was amazing, the performers sublime, the Night of Creative Empowerment III was inspiring. Thank you to everyone who joined Women Rising and Backwater Arts Gallery for this unique event.

We hope everyone who attended felt inspired and empowered and we want to thank everyone who was involved in this incredible effort!

We are happy to announce that our event gained widespread recognition throughout the community and we have received amazing feedback from artists and community members who have been longing for just such an organization to host spaces for female artists.

In addition the night raised $619 which will go directly to funding our Mural Projects in the downtown area. Artists and the spaces are all on board and now with the funds provided we are ready to put the pedal to the medal. If you are interested in volunteering your time and/or painting skills to these amazing murals please email

Can’t get enough of the artists and performers you saw the night of our event? Neither can we! Please click their name and follow the links they provided to check out more of their work. You can also subscribe to our blog or “Like” our facebook page to receive up to date information regarding our upcoming events. Thank you again to all the amazing and talented people who made this event possible!

Chara Bui

Molly Murphy

Steely Nash

Sweet HayaH

Rabbit Quinn


Kimy Martinez


Chara Bui

Kat Bell

Amelia Lewis

Michelle Domocol

Karen Gutfreund

Martha Rodriguez

 Erica Atreya

 Alexandria Kerekez

Tracey Baca

Eliana Lurato

Mireya Villanueva

Chelsi Whiting

Jen Solomon

Kristen Pollock