International Society of Altar Making

International Society of Altar Making artist construct temporary installations which are curated by master altar makers drawing on the personal history:Envisioned to evoke the transformative value of historic and contemporary cultural traditions, MAP's Gallery uses the power of myth, stories and imagination to give voice to the universality of cultural traditions.

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 Co- curator Andrea Jennifer “YaYa” Porras, was an artist and assistant to the Map Gallery, where she was mentored and guided by master-artist/Altar Maker Michelle Walker.  YaYa in her own right has studied the traditions of her ancestry; she is an Aztecan dancer, African-modern dancer, actress, and a poet and altar artist from Sacramento California. She is currently curating various altar installation in
Tribute to Jose Montoya, at the Galleria Posada, Sacramento  CA 2013
 
From 2006 until its closing in March of 2013 the MAP Gallery consisted of temporary installations which were curated by Founder and Executive Director Michelle Walker who was the Artistic Director of the Gallery, and Founder of the International Society of Altar Making. She facilitated Altar Making workshops since 1980.  Michelle drew from her New Orleans ancestry and her interests in Ndebele, Hopi, Bon Po, Tibetan Tantric and Kundalini philosophies and practices; she integrated those elements into her personal altars and Altar Making over the years.

Altar, at the Auburn Art Center, Michelle Walker
Envisioned to evoke the transformative value of historic and contemporary cultural traditions, MAP's Gallery uses the power of myth, stories and imagination to give voice to the universality of cultural traditions.
Installation in Auburn, CA  2013 "Passing the Flame"

Altar Installation, Eastern Illinois University, Gallery at the Tarble Art Center, Dec2013

 
Altar Installation-in Gallery at Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University