Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

by Melissa Sanvicente, Tia Chucha.org

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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. Read Rest of Article Here

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