Celebrating Words Festival

 

17th Annual Virtual Celebrating Words Festival

**Public Parking at:
At La Casita- Vaughn Community Center (across the street) 

11217 Herrick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331 

 

Pacoima Charter School (Herrick St entrance) 

11016 Norris Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

 

The Celebrating Words Festival provides an accessible, brave, and dynamic space that encourages creativity and supports intellectual growth and healing, in the vital and unique way that arts and literacy can. The 17th annual Celebrating Words Festival is back outdoors and in person and will be held on May 21, 2022 from 2-7pm inside the Vaughn G3 Academy campus.  

 

This event is family-friendly and for all ages. All programming and parking details will be available on our Website.    

 

The Celebrating Words Festival book giveaway is intentionally designed to be a literacy resource that supports our community in becoming active readers and owners of personal libraries. 1,000 books will be given away for all ages, in English, Spanish and Bilingual. Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 per person.


You can access our Book Giveaway Catalog here, for all our book selections for the giveaway. 

 

We will also have Free art posters, bookmarks, and our 2nd Edition of the CWF coloring book featuring local NESFV artists.  

 

Coloring Book Artists:

  • Cecilia Lopez, IG: cecilialopez_art
  • Alexis Davila, IG: my.morning.doodles 
  • Desiboo Creations, Desiree Sanchez, IG: desiboocreations
  • VLY GRL, Alisa Damaso, IG: vly_grrrl
  • Erica Friend, IG: Insomniart
  • Elvia Aguirre, IG: aguires.art
  • Juan Pablo Reyes, IG: jpmurals

 

Bookmark Artists:

  • Victor Zuñiga, IG: victorz
  • Imagine Vivid, Vanessa Gomez, IG: imaginevivid_vmg 

 

Poster Artists:

  • Ms. Yellow, IG: msyellowart
  • Izuriel Marquez, IG: izurielmarquez


CWF Main Stage 2-7 pm 

Kalpulli Temachtia Quetzalcoatl 2:00 PM

Tia Chucha Founders Trini & Luis 2:30 PM

Street Poets 2:40 PM

Rhythm Arts Alliance 2:50 PM

Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa 3:20 PM

Gr818ers 3:40 PM

Son Jarocho 4:00 PM

Mimo Molina 4:40 PM

Prestigio Mundial 4:50 PM

Alex Infinity 5:30 PM

Viento Callejero 6:00 PM

 

Street Poets: Poetry Stage- 3-6 pm

Street Poets will host our first ever 2nd stage for CWF! They will host an array of poetic acts and performances: Red Hen Press- Kids Open Mic and WITS Culmination, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Jail Guitar Doors, LA Poet Society, music, and an Open Mic time for anyone who wants to participate.  

 

Educational Panels: 

Community Mothering Panel, from 2:30-4pm
Inside the Auditorium, Hosted by CSUN Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project 

 

OUR VOICE NOW Documentary Premiere, from 4:30-6pm

Inside Auditorium,  Hosted by Arts for Healing and Justice Network 

 

Comics Workshops with Javier Hernandez, of Los Comex from 4pm-5pm

Inside School Library Hosted by The Big Read 

 

Creative Engagement Booths: Outdoor public art workshops for all ages to participate in a diverse range of arts and literacy activities. Workshops will run during the festival and be placed throughout the festival space including: 


Healing Through Writing by Jesus “JFLOW” Flores and Angel “SGN” Romero

Light Up Clothespin Craft by DIY Girls

Interwoven Storytelling Through Quilt Making by Monica Juarez

Community Mural | Mural Comunitario by Desiboo Creations

Print That Stuff! Celebrating Words with Ink and Block Printing by Xitlalic 

Polaroid Lift with Erick Iniguez

Paper Card and Found Objects Earring Workshop by Diana Castro

Plant Care Workshop with Mr. List
Screen Printing by Las Chicas Peligrosas 

Creating Our Next LA by LA Commons

 

Educational Components: 

Community Mothering Panel, from 2:30-4pm
Inside the Auditorium, Hosted by CSUN Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project 

 

OUR VOICE NOW Documentary Premiere, from 4:30-6pm

Inside Auditorium,  Hosted by Arts for Healing and Justice Network 

 

Comics Workshops with Javier Hernandez, of Los Comex from 4pm-5pm

Inside School Library Hosted by The Big Read 

 

From Trauma 2 Transformation Presents: Library of Liberated Hearts and Minds: Envisioning Collective Community Care
Join us with painting mini murals, collage making, creative writing, and drawing. Together, we will hold space for the commitment and belief of our collective imagination with pen, paint, hearts and minds. 

 

We are joined by youth advocates who will share their current causes, efforts, and experiences around the impact of the incarceration system with an informational booth and documentary screening of, Our Voice Now. Join us as we work together to document and create the possibility of a liberated present and future!

Resource Fair:

Project Rebound, Dream Center, Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa, Pacoima Beautiful, Pacoima Neighborhood Council, Helping Hands Resource Center, Gr818ers, Climate Resolve, 

Latino Outdoors, VACAcicleta, LA Youth Commission, Department of Mental Health, Pacoima Diamonds Jewelry, The People’s Project, and Los Angeles Educational Partnership. 

 

Press Row: Featuring local Book Presses:
AK Press, ‘Lil Libros, Con Todo Press, LA Poets Society Press, Tia Chucha Press, and Flower Song Press 

 

Comics Row: Featuring local comic creators! A la BRAVA: Latina Superheroes, Comadres Y Comics Podcast, North Fourth Publications, and Los Comex by Javier Hernandez. 

 

Hearts & Hands Mercadito: Dressographs, Xico Station, Kalli Arte, Ex-Voto Design, Artediosas, Maitri Healing Co., Art de Karla, Chingona Vida, Tarjetitas con Amor, Dora’s Tiendita, Nectar Azul, Penny Puede, and Earthy Corazon. 

 

Food Vendors: Come hungry and support our local food vendors. Joining this year is: Guayaba Kitchen, Always Coffee, Lula’s Chile Deliciosos, La Vida Flan, La Chinantla, and Tacos Arabes Food truck. 

 

Directory: 

Email: Karina Ceja,  [email protected] 

Food Vendor info: [email protected]

Artisan Vendor info: [email protected]

Volunteer Opportunities for all ages! Please email [email protected]
Volunteer Registration HERE

Facebook: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Facebook Invite

YouTube: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Instagram: @tiachuchas

 

Thank You to our Sponsors for supporting the vision of Celebrating Words Festival:
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Educational Partnership

First 5 LA

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Pacoima Neighborhood Council

Vaughn Next Century Learning Center 

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl District 3

WE RISE


WE RISE 2022: BY US, FOR US is a series of community-led events that support health and healing  across Los Angeles County. A collaborative impact initiative that is now in its fifth year, WE RISE 2022 invests in local organizations, artists and leaders to strengthen community wellbeing. For more information, please visit werise.la

 

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