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Date: July 16, 2015 9:00am
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant
Funds will allow Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore to extend the reach of the arts to those with limited access
SYLMAR, CA – The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $11,640 to Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore as part of its Local Impact program.
The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural will produce the 11th annual outdoor literacy festival in the culturally underserved NE San Fernando Valley. The “Celebrating Words Festival (CWF): Written, Performed, and Sung” will take place in May 2016 at Pacoima City Hall, using its outdoor and indoor space. We host our festival in Pacoima because we know the arts and literacy are vital to the imagination, intellectual growth and healing of a community. By creating a free, dynamic, culturally relevant community festival highlighting the power of words – written, performed, and sung – our goal is to inspire and enhance the creative life of attendees. This event exposes a diverse audience to books, writers, poets and performers to a deserving audience. Artists are involved in our festival from start to finish, as the festival committee actively incorporates artists and their ideas in organizing all aspects of the festival – including performers, authors and poets, volunteers, panels, vendors, and more.
“We thank the California Arts Council for their generous support which will bolster our community based arts and literacy festival to revitalize the NE San Fernando Valley.”- Trini Rodriguez, Interim Executive Director
“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”
To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
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Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is the only multi-arts cultural space and independent specialty bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley with workshops in the visual arts, Mexika dance, music (including Son Jarocho Mexican musical tradition), writing, and theater, among others. The center also presents film screenings, Open Mics, author readings, art exhibits, healing workshops, indigenous cosmology, and community dialogues.
The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.