Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore will once again unite local artists, musicians, and poets at its cherished annual event the Celebrating Words Festival, on Saturday, June 25 from 12pm to 6pm at Pacoima City Hall in Pacoima, CA.

“The arts and literacy, with their blend of creativity and consciousness, are catalysts for enhancing and transforming the quality of life of our communities. We invite everyone to enjoy a festive day designed to tap into and draw out the innate beauty and creative expression in us all,” comments Tía Chucha’s co-founder, Trini Rodriguez.

Tía Chucha’s resident mexihca dance group Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl, and youth music groups that arose from Tía Chuchas’ popular music programs, The Chuchas and Los Little Jaraneros, will kick off the free family event. Followed by performances from Afro-Latin combo QUITAPENAS, African Jazz ensemble led by trumpeter Todd Simon ETHIO CALI, award winning jazz vocalist Nancy Sanchez, Latin Folk group Cuñao, and Los Angeles-based ensemble of Taiko performers Prota.

Other festival attractions include art installations and interactive activities by HOODsisters, an all womyn and womyn-identified crew dedicated to creating awareness through public art, and DIY Girls, whose mission is to increase young girls interest and success in technology and engineering through innovate educational experiences and mentor relationships, and also participation by muralist Manny Velasquez and the Los Angeles Poet Society. Make sure to shop at Mercado Pochtecayotl, offering hand-crafted items, and enjoy tasty food and refreshments from Guayaba Kitchen, ChaVegan, and Carina Appleseed.

The 11th Annual Celebrating Words Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and through generous support from Los Angeles Councilmember Felipe Fuentes.

For festival related inquiries, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact CWF Coordinator Miguel Sanchez at celebratingwords@tiachucha.org.


In 2005, with funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Tía Chucha’s established the only annual outdoor literacy and arts festival in the Northeast San Fernando Valley called “Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung.” Celebrating Words Festival has since become a cherished event in which Tía Chucha’s brings poets, writers, musicians, artists, vendors, local organizations, and community together for one day.

Tía Chucha’s is passionate about enhancing and empowering people’s lives by promoting and providing a wide variety of literary, cultural & artistic programs and experiences, and CWF is an expression of this commitment.