CHISPA: Charlottesville Initiative for Social Practice through the Arts.

Upcoming Visiting Artists


CHISPA, which initially launched as Social Justice Through Creative Practice, is a series of artist talks and workshops designed for 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 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 currently planning for CHISPA 2020. Please visit our website regularly, follow us on social media and make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you can stay up to date on our 2020 visiting artists. 

CHISPA BBYs Fellowship 2020

Due to COVID-19, 


Our CHISPA BBYs fellowship program will be postponed to start in the Fall. Applications however will remain open during this time! Our original deadline to apply was March 31st, however due to changing times, we are extending application until late summer. 


In the meantime, if you're looking for help with the application process, please reach out to us at 



We can connect you with one on one support!


What is CHISPA?


We are excited to announce that in 2020 we are expanding our CHISPA program in the form of a fellowship for youth of color in Charlottesville. The goal of this fellowship is to incorporate youth of color involvement in the planning and decision making for CHISPA 2020. This year, 5 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 have the chance of receiving a $500 scholarship. 


Click here to apply to be a CHISPA BBY.

Download application and fellowship requirements pdf here.


Karina A. Monroy

Executive Director

1740 Broadway Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

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