Celebrating Words Festival Coordinator
Karina Ceja (She/her) is a Queer Xicana artist and grassroots community organizer raised in Pacoima, CA. via Michoacán. Mx. She began her work with Tia Chucha’s in 2008 as a program coordinator and over the years has also taken on roles as events coordinator, key volunteer, board member, and currently on her 5th year as Project Coordinator of the Celebrating Words Festival, the longest running arts and literacy festival of the San Fernando Valley. A graduate from the Chican@ Studies Department at Cal State University, Northridge, and full-time student activist with MEChA, Ceja went on to co-establish the collective home of El Hormiguero, the HOODsisters womxn mural collective, and Bikesanas del Valle, all grassroots efforts focused on mutual aid, creativity and self-determination for the most marginalized communities. She is deeply committed to the work of Tia Chucha's and believes in the healing and transformational power of the arts. When she's not working for Tia Chucha’s, she is running her own handmade jewelry and art business, Brown Grrl Fly.