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. 


We are excited to announce that in 2021 we are expanding our CHISPA program in the form of an internship for youth of color in Charlottesville. The goal of this internship is to incorporate youth of color involvement in the planning and decision making for CHISPA. In 2021, 8 Latinx/youth of color will be selected for the opportunity to gain hands on learning experience in putting together a community program from beginning to end, including selecting the artists that will be invited to participate. Students will also receive a $500 stipend.

CHISPA Applications will be open at the end of August 2020.

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.  

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! 


Karina A. Monroy

Executive Director

1740 Broadway Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

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