Onion Carrillo builds and strengthens communities by creating art collectives, workshops and performances in Seattle and beyond. A founder of Ladies First, a painter, poet, and traditional Azteca Danzante, she dedicates herself to art as a tool for liberation. Ladies First aimed to bring the voices of women to the forefront, much like the Women Who Rock project. Many of her projects use art to develop children’s creativity.
Onion M. Carrillo has constantly dedicated herself to using art as a tool for liberation. She has dedicated over a decade to creating sustainable change in Seattle and developing a community environment with healthy relationships. Onion has national to internationally, creating a foundation of support for her poetry, music and oil paintings.
She opened up on the scene in Seattle by creating an event called "Ladies First" 2000 that focused on putting the voices of women first. She has performed spoken word, music and presented liberation themed workshops at National INCITE conferences in New York, Chicago and Santa Barbara. She has also performed for M.E.Ch.A. at regional conferences. Onion has also been blessed with the opportunity to perform in Cuba for the students of the University of Havana in 2003 with the Every Women's Delegation. Onion has performed locally in Seattle at Sisterfire and later shared the stage with Sirens Echo for International Women's Day. Her oil paintings are culturally influenced by her Mexican roots themed on the day of the dead and death, have been displayed in the Evergreen State College (Tacoma Campus) and Seattle Central Community College.Growing up in White Center she is dedicated to displaying her oil paintings in local community based places such as Full Tilt and Cafe Rozella's.
Her art work will always be influenced by her life and healing process as she has evolved to becoming a traditional Azteca Danzante with calpulli Tlaloc she is now able to express her truest self in ceremonies. -Ometeotl