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A conversation with authors Luis Rodriguez and Michael Warr: Tia Chucha Press in the House: Arts for Healing and Social Change, presented in partnership with the Red Poppy Art House
How can the arts transform neighborhoods? Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community, coedited by Luis Rodriguez, answers this question through essays, interviews, poems, photographs, and paintings that document the rise of the arts as a powerful healing and regenerative force in the poor, working-class, and largely Mexican/Central American community of northeast San Fernando Valley.
Michael Warr’s most recent book of poems, The Armageddon of Funk, is his third to be published by Rodriguez’s cross-cultural, socially engaged Tia Chucha Press (founded 1989). The two authors have collaborated in the integration of the arts and social change for more than two decades, including through the creation of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago, for which Warr was the founding director. Rodriguez drew on that experience in forming Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore, based in Sylmar, California.
Rodriguez will talk about Rushing Water, Rising Dreams, and Warr will recite from The Armageddon of Funk. Both books were published in 2012 by Tia Chucha Press and will be available for purchase in the Museum Stores for the authors to sign.