We are a feminist collective dedicated to promoting the creative work of women.
We are filmmakers, writers, teachers, musicians, artists, dancers,
historians, photographers, and community activists. As cultural workers, we
understand the power of language, sound, image, and performance to
influence people's thoughts and actions, and we are devoted to exploring
how representation shapes people's lives. Our commitment is to create
cultural events which explore our Italian roots, but that are
multi-ethnic in subject, scope, and design.
The Malìa Collective formed in Fall 2001. We wanted a name that was
Italian, ancient, powerful, feminine, evocative. And so we chose Malìa.
Malìa: magia, seduction, enchantment, strength. A power outside the
norm, outside bounds. Power to resist, power to create. A name that is
singular and collective. Not one trick, one strategy, one tool but a
repertoire, rich and open; a world of possibilities rooted in old stories
we remake individually and together. We are not The Collective of
Italian American Women. We are a Collective, one group of Italian American
women who come together crossing borders of identity and nation, striving
to shape a vision that is participatory, progressive, diverse.
We are based in the NY/NJ metro area, but our network extends across
the U.S., Canada and Italy. We have collectively organized such events as
Celebrating the Voices of the Women of Hudson County: A Multiethnic
Reading of Memoir & Poetry; Sicilian American Women Authors; Persephone
and Demeter: A Reading Cycle; A Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist
Factory Fire; Speaking of Jersey: Italian American Women on the Garden
State; Malafemmina: A Festival of the Cinema of Italian and Italian
American Women; Creative Responses to Race, Violence and Community: A Call
for Peace, and many other events.