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Our 19th Annual Celebrating Words Festival is happening on May 18, 2024, from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Vaughn G3 Academy (Global Green Generation), located at 11200 Herrick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331.

The Celebrating Words Festival provides an accessible, brave, and dynamic space that encourages creativity and supports intellectual growth and healing, for people of all ages, in the vital and unique way that arts and literacy do. The 19th annual Celebrating Words Festival returns this year and will be held on May 18, 2024  from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm inside the Vaughn G3 Academy campus.

RSVP to let us know you are coming 

Books that were being given away at the celebrating words festival in 2023

Our Book Giveaway is intentionally designed to be a literacy resource that supports our community in becoming active readers and owners of personal libraries. Our book options  include brand new titles in English, Spanish, and Bilingual options, for all ages. Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. One book per person. 


Access our Book Giveaway Catalog here for this year’s book selection.

Thee heart tones band picture

2:00pm - 2:35pm Opening Ceremony with Kalpulli Temachtia Quetzalcoatl

Live music performances, poetry, and words by:

2:35pm - 2:40pm Tia Chucha's Founders Trini & Luis Rodriguez

2:45pm - 3:05pm Joyas Divinas Del Valle

3:25pm - 3:45pm Lividream

4:05pm - 4:45pm Nicolas y su Conjunto

5:00pm - 5:40pm Thee Heart Tones

5:45pm - 5:50pm Lili of the Valley

6:10pm - 6:55pm The McCharmly's


What will you create at our festival? From 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm participate in one or all of our free creative arts workshops. Open to all ages. This year we're featuring: 

Make a Book! Haz un libro! by LACMA

Empowerment Banners by Chile Morena

My Story in a Mini Zine! by Blancis the Creative

Collaging Through Printmaking by Alfonso Aceves of Kalli Arte Collective 

Recordando: A Block Print Workshop by Xitlalic Guijosa. Sponsored by The Big Read

Charms 'n Things by Jo and Jo

Tu Arte, Tu Voz by  Abby Aceves

Fun Fact Light Up Bookmark by DIY Girls

Paint Me Maximo: A Pop-Up Art Exhibit and Coloring Station

Visionary Vessels by The Getty

Herbal Tea Station by Yerba Mystica

Pacoima Outdoors by Nature For All

The Magic of Compost by LA COMPOST

Wellness for Every Body by The Wild Plum

Flower Magic Eco Printing by Deyaworldwide

Native Plants Poster Screenprint by Meztli Projects

Solidarity Stencils by Guadalupe Gutierrez

Pot-a-Palooza: Planting Paradise by Pacoima Beautiful & Mr. List

Creative workshop that was happening in last years 2023 celebrating words festival
Creative workshop painting from last years celebrating words festival

"Civilization of Death: Zapatista Philosophy & Autonomy"

by Sexta Grietas del Norte and facilitated by Dr. Bryant Partida

3:30pm - 4:30pm Zapatista Philosophy

5:00pm - 6:00pm Autonomy

Lil' Readers Storytime! By Tia Chucha's

3:00pm - 3:20pm

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Comida en Resistencia! by Guayaba Kitchen

3:30pm - 4:00pm

5:00pm -5:45pm


Shop art, jewelry, and more with our guests artisan vendors. Vending with us this year is:


Missing Cosmonaut 


Chica de Luz

Mexicons Art

Candy's Kloset

Sol Embrace

Peligroso Social Club

Semillas Artes

Vaughn Community Center Jewelry Group 



One of the artisan vendors for this years festival
Pizza from food vendors in the celebrating words festival