Poetry is Life, Poetry is Story

submission by TiaChucha

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural

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www.tiachucha.org

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Tia Chucha’s cultural center and bookstore supports and promotes the growth, healing and holistic learning of our community through the arts and literacy, thereby activating creativity, imagination and expression to improve our quality of life.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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The arts are a powerful means to heal, transform, and revitalize persons, families, communities, economies, political structures, and environments. We propose to offer 30 poetry/story workshops to multi-generational residents at libraries across L.A.. Within each of the 15 L.A. City Council districts there will be two 2-hour weekly workshops lasting 4 weeks, each culminating in a community open mic. Each district will feature one workshop for English speakers, and another for Spanish speakers.

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Poetry is Life, Poetry is Story... Living the power of poetry & story to change lives, communities & society.

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Public libraries are a wonderful social invention, especially when they become dynamic centers for community, learning, reading, and connection. For the general public, and especially for neglected populations, these spaces are important for growing literacy and artistic capacities. Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural is looking forward to conducting poetry workshops that tap into the unique life stories of patrons at as many as 30 of the 72 L.A.-area libraries. We will bring to life the poetic word, the story, the book through a series of workshops, each of which will culminate in Open Mic events.

Tia Chucha's proceeds from the Native American/Native Mexican philosophies that all people, all animals, the earth and the sky, are inexorably connected. For indigenous peoples everything is the arts (that's why there is no word for "arts" among most tribes). And all human beings have an inexhaustible, abundant and creative wellspring within that can be tapped into at any time.

Poetry is one of the ecstatic arts for change and is being renewed by young people today through poetry slams, Hip Hop, publishing, and digital technology. This is happening at a time when poetry in the U.S. is being highly marginalized. Even in the world’s poorest countries, poetry is honored and publicly respected. But, in the U.S, the center of culture is mostly for entertainment and commercial value.

Our “Poetry is Life, Poetry is Story” workshops will draw out the storehouse of stories within persons, families, communities to remember who we are, what are our relationships, and where we are going. Poetry means "to make," to shape, to find beauty, just like the earth does constantly, after one understands the truth (science) and the good (morality)--a morality which is not imposed or for the control of others, but is based on how to properly interact with all beings, all genders, all so-called races, all nations, all tribes.

The artists we will involve in this important work appreciate the need people have to see and be seen, to hear and be heard, and to nurture these experiences to the fullest. Like water and bread, they feed hearts hungry for place and meaning through story and poetry. The workshops will allow our artist facilitators to inspire new artistic voices of all ages, encouraging them to share their stories and gifts with the public. In turn these instructors will be paid for their time and talents. This poetry workshop series is a win-win proposal for everyone.

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For almost fifteen years Tia Chucha’s has been a beacon of cultural and literary inclusion in the NE San Fernando Valley. And while we have had visitors from as far away as Germany and Chile, our day-to-day reach has been primarily the local population. Our programs in Pacoima and occasional offsite booktables, student visits, and seasonal major events have also extended our reach.

The library workshops are an opportunity to take our work to the next level, placing our programming and poet artists in neighborhoods which may have never experienced our unique offerings before. Our evaluations will include how many new people we have introduced to writing poetry, the size of the audiences that come to the culmination open mics at each site, and the poet teachers we are able to employ for these special workshops. All these elements will be part of measuring the impact of our efforts.

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Discussion
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Poetry has the ability to let people open up and express themselves. Barriers are broken down and one feels free to delve into their inner most thoughts and feelings. Tia Chucha's provides the safe space necessary to be able to access one's inner poet/artist without fear of rejection or judgement. In my expressing sharing my poetry I felt accepted and welcomed, there was a sense of belonging and trust among the audience and I would not have been able to share otherwise if not for Tia Chucha's.

by lilian.a
6 months ago

Poetry carries the true essence of the power words hold. Thank you Tia Chuchas for your commitment to empower families by helping them see the importance of their own story!

by mayraYW
6 months ago

Tia Chucha's is an amazing space dedicated to the healing of our communities through the powerful means of the arts. These poetry workshops/talleres for English and Spanish speakers are an opportunity for all of L.A. to experience a little bit of that magic. Que viva la Poesia!

by 7huehuetl
6 months ago

Poetry is healing. Poetry has kept me alive. From gangs, to prison, being a father and grandfather; poetry is interweaved in every aspect of my life. It is my soul expressing its sorrow, its joy, its pain, its enlightened transcendance in becoming the man I am today.

by MexicanSoul
6 months ago

Through poetry children have another means to access their imagination and creativity while gaining writing skills. Through poetry children can fly, they can swim and create worlds. With all this their selt-esteem is likely to soar.

by poetanels
6 months ago

La poesía es el arte de poder expresar nuestros sentimientos; nos deja ser realmente quienes somos, a travez de prosas y rimas dejamos que nuestros sentimientos fluyan. 
Contando nuestras alegrías, tristezas, y hasta nuestros logros en la vida. En unas líneas ponemos todo lo que nuestro corazón desborda de emociones encontradas, y en muchas ocaciones nos ayuda a sanar de lo que nos aqueja en su momento. Por lo cual considero que el programa nos ayudaría a los que nos podemos expresar más en español. Gracias Tía Chucha por proponer algo maravilloso .

by CaryJuarez
6 months ago

Poetry is a lost form, may it be found.

by Mr.hernandez
6 months ago

Poetry heals and unites. It expands our vocabulary, understanding and tolerance.

by Imares
6 months ago

I'm excited to see a project that will benefit the Spanish speaking community. You can't talk about the future of Los Angeles without addressing the majority of the population.

by EM235
5 months ago

Que viva la Poesia!

by elusiveminds
5 months ago

I hope that this project can still happen in some way, shape or form regardless the outcome of this challenge.

by DigitalArt
5 months ago

Lets turn to the arts and language for a better future. Lets foster the voices of the voiceless and embrace our collective story!

by poet1
5 months ago

Looking forward to this project. Tia Chucha's is the place where I first read some of my poetry. It was a scary and challenging experience but ultimately I needed the safe space to be able to do so. Thank you for that and good luck!

by ElEspiritu
5 months ago

“Le poète jouit de cet incomparable privilège, qu'il peut à sa guise être lui-même et autrui.”/ The poet enjoys this incomparable privilege, that it can be as he/she pleases him/ herself and others. - Charles Baudelaire

by weaver.miss75
6 months ago

"To thine own self be true!" Shakespeare
I believe there is a writer in all of us...and we have our unique truths and experiences that can inspire the world!

by Europawynd
6 months ago

I hope nothing but the best for Tia Chucha's in all the years to come!

by savethedate
5 months ago

"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history." - Plato

by ricardomata83
6 months ago

Such a great idea to partner with libraries---created by the people and for the people. Just like poetry!

by sylcecil
6 months ago

Telling one's story through poetry is a way of sharing our existence with others. It is the power of self-expression that helps us continue on this journey of life and honor it. I am glad to see programs such as this help create that for our community of Los Angeles!

by 1panteon
6 months ago

Some might ask why poetry? What does poetry have to do with anything? Poetry is everything! Language is one of the primary filters through with we make sense of existence. It is also one of the primary ways through which we, as humans, bring beauty into this world. Like the force that binds atoms together language can be a bridge that creates. Encouraging folks to explore their experiences through language can serve as a way to weave together the fragments of their lives. Igniting this living tapestry can have explosive effects on the overall well being of the individual.

by spelayo
6 months ago

An amazing project for the City of Los Angeles!

by Lulu.bleu
6 months ago

This program will truly unveil the power poetry has to help us transcend obstacles in our lives. This project is much needed and will surely help bridge the stories of everyone in the sprawling city of LA!

by Inara
6 months ago

I agree that poetry is an avenue to healing. It allows a person to express themselves and tell their story. I just recently took up poetry and spoken word, and I already see transformation taking place. Thank you Tia Chucha's for offering a space where people in the community can come and express themselves through poetry and other forms of art.

by christyb33
6 months ago

Tia Chucha's has been an oasis of creativity, self discovery and community. Poetry and story telling have definitely played an integral part in my life; and I am thrilled to see how this non-ageist and bilingual project will bring individuals, in different stages of their lives, together. I am also extremely excited about this incredible partnership between Tia Chucha's and members of the Los Angeles Public Library, REFORMA, and the Los Angeles Poet Society!

by alegna.gomez.3
6 months ago

Empowering people through poetry and preserving our stories is a necessity to our community.
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by Roobee
6 months ago

The opportunity to learn expression through the arts is a gift that should be shared with everyone. This is a great initiative that should yield great success.

by yorsh_del
6 months ago

Learning to hone the art of self-expression is among the most valuable investments one can make in themselves, and the inherently raw intimacy of poetry has a healing power that can, has and will transform (and in some cases save) lives. It connects us to our individual humanity, and it connects us with our collective humanity. Poetry and the arts in general are central to maximizing our collective potential. Luis Rodriguez said a few years ago that "an artist is not a special kind of person, every person is a special kind of artist" and I have never forgotten this statement because it resonates with me at the very core of my existence, because I know that it is true. To unlock this creative capacity is to transform the communities in which we live, work, and play. A community with creative vitality has no bounds to its possibilities. Luis and Tia Chucha's have over the years demonstrated their vision of a process in which a holistic, authentic, open, and safe environment is the center of a thriving artistic community. Let's help them to take this work to the next level!

by walterplittle
6 months ago

What a great project for the city of Los Angeles!

by elusiveminds
6 months ago

Powerful words! Thank you for sharing!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Thank you Mayra for the amazing work you have done! You are vital to the healing of our community. Thank you.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Thank you! Que viva!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Powerful words Mexican Soul. The power of poetry is real! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

I love what you wrote, thank you for that!

"Through poetry children can fly, they can swim and create worlds."

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Gracias Cary por las palabras!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Thank you Mr. Hernandez! Lets work on bringing it back!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Yes Poetry is healing!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Yes its important for us to reach out to the Spanish speaking community and engage them in the arts.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Que Viva!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Yes we are not in first place at the moment but I hope folks see the importance and value of this proposal.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Yes! We need the arts and language everywhere!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

We appreciate your support. Many folks have shared similar experiences through our Open Mic and Noches de canto y poesia.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Yes! All of our stories are relevant and important!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Thank you for the support!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Great quote!

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Thank you! Libraries serve as community spaces in the summer, especially in low-income areas. Those areas often neglected are rich with stories that have yet to be heard.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

Interesting quote

by poet1
5 months ago

Thank you 1panteon for your support! Lets continue to honor the journey of life!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Spelayo for your powerful words! We will be quoting your comment on our social media to inspire others!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Lulu Bleu, we are really excited for this project!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Inara, we appreciate your support!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Christy for your words. We are excited to hear about your new found love for poetry and spoken word.

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Alegna, having a bilingual and non-ageist project is important to us!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you Roobee for your words and for the drawing!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

George, thank you for sharing your art with the community and TIa Chucha's. We appreciate all the support you have given us and your artistic eye for design. It has been invaluable to our organization to be able to count on you.

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Walter, thank you so much for the kind words! Tia Chucha's would not exist today in its current state if it wasn't for the countless hours you have volunteered with our organization. Thanks again for all you do!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you for your support! We are really excited about this project!

by TiaChucha
6 months ago

Thank you for sharing this quote.

by TiaChucha
5 months ago

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