Monday, November 01, 2021

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Opening!


WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, 12677 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore will present its 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & GRAND OPENING, an end of year fundraiser. The evening will begin with a VIP Reception with invited Elected Officials and donors from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, followed by our program from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The celebration will include local artisan vendors, appetizers catered by our Social Warrior Chef program, and a Son Jarocho fandango. Attendees will be invited to tour our new location and browse our new bookstore space as well as learn more about our upcoming and current programs offered through Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural.

Funds raised at our event will support Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore to transform community through ancestral knowledge, the arts, literacy and creative engagement. Donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID #47-0919488).

About Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

The Northeast San Fernando Valley has a population of about 500,000 – the size of the city of Oakland – yet it had no bookstores, art galleries, or full-fledged cultural spaces until Tía Chucha's opened its doors in 2001. Thankfully, various local organizations have for decades provided services to address the many survival needs of a large number of economically insecure families and individuals in this area. Believing that it is also everyone’s right to explore and develop their innate creative gifts, Tía Chucha’s founders set out to correct the historic absence of life-enhancing artistic and literary options for this sector of the population. Melding vision with conviction, Tía Chucha’s was created as a space to embrace the equally important artistic development of our lives as human beings.

Tía Chucha’s began as a café, bookstore and cultural space owned and run by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, his wife Trini, and their brother-in-law Enrique Sanchez. In 2003 Luis, along with singer/musicologist Angelica Loa Perez and Xicano Rap artist Victor Mendoza established a next-door sister nonprofit to incorporate a full range of arts workshops. When in 2007 the cultural café and bookstore disbanded as an LLC, it donated its assets, including inventory, shelves, equipment, and more to the nonprofit to carry its mission forward.

Tía Chucha’s cultural center now 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). It also hosts author readings, film screenings, and art exhibits as well.

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