Monday, May 06, 2019

Tía Chucha’s 14th Annual Celebrating Words Festival

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is proud to invite you to the 14th Annual Celebrating Words Festival: Written, Performed, and Sung, the longest running literacy and arts festival in the San Fernando Valley. We are excited to continue this celebration in Pacoima and provide an outdoor space that encourages creativity and imagination, where artistic expression can thrive, and where we can come together to support intellectual growth and emotional healing in the vital and unique ways that arts and literacy can.

Opening Ceremony by Tía Chuchas’ resident mexihca dance group, Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl.

Free Books from ages toddler - 12th grade! Supplies are limited, so please arrive early.

Yesika Salgado author of “Tesoro” and “Corazón”
The Chuchas
The Little Jaraneros
Mariachi Los Cachorros from Telfair Ave. Elementary School
Poetry by From Trauma to Transformation students
Breakdancing by The Gr818ers
Mexican Folklore by Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa
Tia Chucha Press Poets
Folklorico Macuilxochitl

Creative Workshops:
Guided Painting with DesiBoo Creations
Screen printing with Cultivarte Studios
Plantitas with Nature Parkway
Birthday Counts with Mexicayotl
Tia Chucha Press zine making
La Troka by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Toddler Jam Sessions with Friends of the Family
Free vegetable plants from Sylmar Horticulture Club

Environmental Justice by YUTEP of Pacoima Beautiful
Tia Chucha Student Art Class showcase

Resource Fair:
Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa
El Nido Family Center Association
Pacoima Beautiful

Sponsors Tabling:
Los Angeles Educational Partnership
Pacoima Nenighborhoor Council

Food Trucks:
Los Ruizeñores Restaurant
More TBA

Hearts & Hands Mercadito (1 Block Away)
at Pacoima Arts Incubator
13456 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331

Confirmed Vendors:
Tarjetitas Con Amor
Dora’s Tiendita
Casa Papalotl
Kalli Arte
Sin Fin Designs
Skillful and Soulful
Ertll Publishers
Hood Herbalism
Sarah’s Tesoros
Semillas Artes
With Food by Vegatinos

Thank You to our Sponsors for supporting the vision of Celebrating Words Festival:
California Arts Council
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles Educational Partnership
First 5 LA
Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez
Class of, LLC
Myke’s CafeCafe
The Wild Plum – Holistic Spa & Yoga Center
Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant


The mission of Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is to transform community in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and beyond through ancestral knowledge, the arts, literacy and creative engagement.

Tía Chucha’s began as a café, bookstore and cultural space owned and run by former Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodríguez, his wife Trini Rodríguez, and their brother-in-law Enrique Sánchez. Tía Chucha’s provides year-round on-site and off-site free or low-cost arts and literacy bilingual intergenerational programming in mural painting, music, dance, writing, visual arts, healing arts sessions (such as reiki healing) and healing/talking circles. Workshops and activities also include Mexica ("Aztec") dance, indigenous cosmology/philosophy, and two weekly open mic nights (one in Spanish, the other in English). Tía Chucha’s host author readings, film screenings, and art exhibits as well.

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