The Beginning est. 2016
Our founder, Michelle Castillo had the vision to start a feminist creative collective here in the Coachella Valley. Castillo saw a lack of inclusive and accessible womxn-centered programming that focused on intersectional feminism, activism, the arts, wellness, and community building.
The vision for Wyld Womxn is to nurture spaces where critical discussions on our intersectional identities can happen, a place for creative skill-sharing, collaboration, a platform for consciousness-raising and genuine sisterhood.
Under a full moon Castillo invited her fellow womxn artists and founding members Brittany Delany and Sarah Scheideman to share space. Castillo, Delany, and Scheidman met at Delany's house for a time to connect, listen, and just be themselves. Thus the early beginnings of the Wyld Womxn Collective started to bubble.
We continued to meet throughout the summer and added more of our original founding members, Marlene Aguirre, Lauren Bright, Sofia Enriquez, and Melinda Vida.
Years 1-3 and Beyond
Wyld Womxn is a Feminist Creative Collective based in the Coachella Valley comprised of womxn artists in various art mediums that empowers all womxn through activism and the arts! They believe in fostering gender equality, critical dialogue, creative skill sharing, community building, wellness, community care, collaboration, and social & political change. Wyld Womxn provides safe and inclusive spaces for womxn and non-binary folx to express and be themselves. We run accessible monthly intersectional feminist programming and events for feminist creatives including a Feminist Book Club, Creative Writing Group, Supper Club, Hiking & Nature Club, Wyld Womxn Singers, All Things Queer, and Sisters in Studio.
Wyld Womxn curates feminist public community art programs from our artist talks, workshops, panels, performances, full moon gatherings, and art happenings!
Wyld Womxn has been featured in Feminist Magazine KPFK radio 90.7 FM Los Angeles, Palm Springs Life Magazine, DESERT Magazine, The Desert Sun, Coachella Magazine, and The Coachella Valley Weekly.
Wyld Womxn Logo designed by Sofia Enriquez
Wyld Womxn Founding Members Photo by Lance Gerber