CHISPA: Charlottesville Initiative for Social Practice through the Arts.

Program Description:

CHISPA is a series of artist talks and workshops centered around the idea that creative freedom and cultural expression is at the core of social movements and change. Our program is designed for and by Latinx youth and youth of color in Charlottesville.

Our Goal

The goal of this program is to provide a space for Charlottesville's Latinx youth/youth of color to engage with young, talented and distinguished artists of color that are using their creativity and talent to make positive social change in their communities all over the country.

Our Vision

Through this engagement, and with our support, our Latinx youth and youth of color will be inspired to:

  • Build a strong community and network of support amongst other young Latinx youth and youth of color.

  • Support one another in initiating their own creative projects for their community.

  • Create safe spaces for themselves and their community to freely express themselves as young people of color. 

In building a community of support with one another, our youth will gain the confidence they need to become resilient leaders and creative problem solvers in their community. 

Upcoming Workshop!
Oct. 23rd!

Creciendo Juntos' CHISPA BBYs invite you to a virtual artist talk with Johanna Toruño, followed by an in person poster-making and wheat pasting workshop led by out CHISPA BBY interns. 

About the artist: Johanna Toruño is a Salvadoran born migrant artist & creator of The Unapologetic Street series focusing on the importance of storytelling through accessible art and the importance of queer folks in the arts!


Please read the following details carefully, as we have had some recent changes to the event format.

This is a two-part workshop, with the option of participating in person for both parts, OR virtually for ONLY part 1. 

Part 1: (From 1:30-2:15pm) Johanna Toruño will be joining us via zoom for a 45 minute artist talk. We invite you to join us in person at Visible Records, as we will be screening the artist talk in the space, OR virtually via zoom. (See details below). 

Part 2: (From 2:30-4:00pm) Part two of the workshop will be in person only. This will be an interactive poster-making and wheat pasting workshop led by Creciendo Juntos’ CHISPA BBY Interns. 


Visible Records, 1740 Broadway St. Charlottesville, VA 22902



October 23rd; Part 1: From 1:30- 2:15pm EST

Part 2: From 2:30-4:00pm EST

Questions? Reach out to us:

To learn more about Johanna Toruño and her project, The Unapologetic Street Series, please visit her website, and follow her on social media.


COVID-19 Adjustments

We remain committed to keeping our communities safe during this time and so as of now, all aspects of CHISPA will be taking place virtually, including our CHISPA BBYs internships. Our priority is to ensure that all of our participants will gain the same level of experience if they were to participate in person.  

CHISPA BBY Internship Program 

This year, we decided to expand our CHISPA program in the form of an internship which we are calling "CHISPA BBYs"! The goal of this internship is to incorporate youth of color involvement in the planning and decision making for CHISPA.r!

Meet our 2021 CHISPA BBY Interns! 

After a long application period and selection process, we are thrilled to introduce you all to our 2021 CHISPA BBY Interns!

Welcome to the CJ Familia BBYs! We are so excited about working alongside you in creating CHISPA this year! 

Arelys Martinez Fabian

Communications Manager

"I am Arelys Martinez and I am currently a junior at Millbrook high school.

I am beyond excited to work and create bonds with my team. I can’t wait to see the result of our project and the positive effects it will have on us and others!"

Arianna Mosqueda

Social Media Specialist

"Hi! My name is Arianna (but most people call me Ari), and I'm a senior at William Monroe High School. I love to dance, paint, and play soccer.

In the CHISPA BBYs internship, I'm looking forward to attending artist talks and connecting with young artists of color like myself to create an uplifting environment for each other!"

Lui De Asiz Garcia

Art Director

"Hi I’m Luiz/Lui and I’m excited to take part in this internship and hope to gain a lot of experience from this. 


I go by They/Them and I enjoy listening to music and drawing."

Ashley Pacheco-Arrospide

Co-Lead Coordinator

"Hola! My name is Ashley Pacheco-Arrospide. I am 17, a junior in high school.

I am most looking forward to working with the community and to learn from the different perspectives our team and artists will bring to this project!"

Check out last year's open mic: 

Writer's Heaven Open Mic w/ José Olivarez

After a crazy year in 2020, Creciendo Juntos was finally able to have our Writer's Heaven Open Mic w/ José Olivarez. 

Our team organized an open mic event in collaboration with the José Olivarez, who's poem "Mexican Heaven" inspired our title, and the artists that submitted for our first Zine. Each artists read their work or demonstrated their pieces and go into a brief explanation behind their submission. 

Each work that was published in the CHISPA zine and presented in this video are credited to the artists themselves (in no particular order): Andrea Espinosa, My'kal and Jeanremi, Arianna Mosqueda, Elizabeth Valtierra, and Dalia López-Ruiz.

Our first ever CHISPA zine publication is now available to order! 

We're feeling very proud about presenting to you our first ever CHISPA Zine publication, Writer's Heaven, inspired by our first visiting artist, poet and author, José Olivarez!


Thanks to the work of our past CHISPA program participant, Andrea Espinosa, and our intern, Elizabeth Valtierra, we were able to design and print this beautiful and powerful zine for our community! The pages are filled with poems, and art created by youth of color, as well as a special message from José OIivarez! 


Order a copy of Writer's Heaven today! All the proceeds will be put towards our CHISPA program, including future zine publications. Support our efforts towards cultivating change that is rooted in creativity and joy for our young leaders!

We understand that times are tough, and so, although we are suggesting a minimum donation of $15 per copy, we will appreciate whatever you can contribute!