So why pay $92+ bucks per ticket to take your children to Disneylandia when you can take them to Winterlandia for FREE!
Sure there won’t be a mouse running around in red shorts but your little one will get a chance to hold and learn about a real live chinchilla.
Tia Chucha’s 3rd Annual Winterlandia & Marketplace event is a day to invest in community, celebrate our inner child and support a vital cultural space and bookstore by buying local.
Bring your children, family, and friends to enjoy a full day featuring children’s “Arts & Crafts”, a bicycle “Bici Ride”, an educational animal show, and a bilingual, interactive storytelling time with author Rene Colato Lainez, whose books will be available for sale and autographing. Show your support for this independent bookstore and cultural center, artists, and artisans by shopping at Tia Chucha’s this holiday season!
Día de los Muertos is an ancient tradition that dates back to pre-colonial México. The indigenous peoples of Mexico honor those who have passed on with celebrations lasting two whole 20-day months.
Under the Mexica tradition the first month or veintena to celebrate the dead is known as Tlaxochimaco:The offering of Flowers, also known as Miccailhuitontli : the celebration of the small dead. The Second veintena is Xoco Huetzi: when the fruit falls, the celebration for the Dead in this month was known as Micca Ilhuitl.
Decorations for these celebrations included flowers of Cempoalxochitl, white and red flowers. Under today’s Gregorian calendar these months would fall under August and September. These festivities were a balance of celebrating life and remembering the dead. With time, these traditions and festivities were synchronized with the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on November 1 and 2 respectively.
In preparation for our celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday November 2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery we are having a series of Day of the Dead workshops every Saturday at Tia Chucha’s from 11:30am to 1pm. The last workshop will be held on Nov.2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery to prepare a community altar at the Dia de los Muertos celebration beginning at 3pm.
For more information regarding Mexica indigenous practices check out Mexihcayotl class on Tuesday nights.
We invite you to join us and learn more about this ancestral tradition!
Dia de los Muertos is a time to honor the lives of people who’ve passed on. Traditionally people do processions to cemeteries where vigils, offerings and celebrations are held. Today new forms of active celebration include dressing up in Dia de los Muertos attire. Here are some ideas to inspire you for this day.
1. Explore a “look” based on Dia de los Muertos themed artists’ work. My favorite artist inspirations come from Jose Guadalupe Posada, Sylvia Ji, and Hector Silva.
2. Find the right threads to wear. You can shop for low cost items at your local Thrift Stores and Flea Markets. Or you can make your attire using fabrics and trims from your local Fabric Stores. Another option is to re-work items you already own to dress up your usual clothes.
3. Come up with face painting designs. Use your researched artwork images as references to guide your face painting. Also check out some online tutorials. Here are two good examples for a Catrina look and Catrin look.
Come show off your look at our Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 2nd from 3-9pm! We will be giving out free prizes for the first 50 individuals wearing Dia de los Muertos attire! Save the date and check out our facebook for more details.
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” has received a prestigious 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. The book’s editors, Luis J. Rodriguez and Denise M. Sandoval, will attend the award ceremonies on Saturday, December 7,2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Oakland Public Library Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland CA 94618.
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” was created in 2013 with a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and individual donations, including from an Indiegogo.com internet campaign. It features essays, interviews, poetry, photography, color art reproductions, and more. Last year the book was selected as a Bronze Winner in the multicultural literature category by the Independent Publishers of America. A 40-minute documentary film of the same name, written and directed by John F. Cantu, has been shown across Los Angeles, California and other cities in the United States. It is presently making the rounds of local film festivals.
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is proud to be partnering with the Tucson-based humanitarian aid group, No More Deaths whose mission is to help end suffering in the Arizona – Mexico borderlands by patrolling migrant trails and providing water, food, and medical aid to those in need.
You can help by donating: athletic socks, running shoes, hiking boots, jeans, baseball caps, backpacks, t-shirts, & underwear.
You can drop off you donations at Tia Chucha’s or any of the other partnering organizations including at: Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Espacio 1839, and Mariscos Jalisco in the donation drive to gather new and used clothes. The donation drive will be from July 1-15th, 2013.
We are currently interviewing applicants to fill an on-site Bookkeeper position. The ideal person would have the skills and enthusiasm to take our non-profit’s financial management to the next level.
Here’s more details and how to apply: http://conta.cc/173VqqW
Please help us by forwarding the job posting to eligible candidates.
Want to build your own percussion instruments? Then don’t miss out on the upcoming workshop “Build Your Own Percussion Instrument with Robert S. Hilton” presented by Folk Art Everywhere on Sunday, June 16 from 1-3pm. This workshop will show participants how to build their own percussion instrument using a variety of everyday materials. Robert will also demonstrate how to play various innovative instruments he has created over the years.
Facilitator Robert S. Hilton is “a multi-instrumentalist and teacher who creates and plays unique instruments made from natural and found objects.”
To participate make sure you RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited so RSVP early. For more details about the event visit facebook.
Get your little ones ready for the Celebrating Words Festival-Children’s Corner!
Ivon Miranda and my self volunteered this year to lead the Children’s Corner. We are excited to announce that the art activities provided will be more than an expression of creative skill and imagination but an intent to plant a seed of knowledge and consciousness!
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your little one make a custom made “Mini-Banned Book/Journal”. To encourage banned book readers we are making bookmarks with special artwork by artist, Alfredo Huante.
Also make sure to get your little ones face-painted for the photo booth! In addition kids will be able to gift their loved one a special mini seed pot in remembrance that Tia Chucha’s is “Planting Seeds of Knowledge”
We look forward to seeing all of you color away, plant and water seeds of consciousness and enjoy of this amazing free event!
For more details about the event visit Facebook Invite.