It was a simple trip to Michaels that set the whole thing in motion. While browsing through the crafts store, Crystal OBrien, director of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, spotted The Crafty Chica Collection
, a tome by Kathy Cano Murillo, whose Crafty Chica empire includes a website and blog, along with a series of Latino-centric craft books and craft kits focusing on recycled materials. OBrien was so enamored of Murillos projects that she contacted the Chica herself and asked if shed give the okay to CHAC offering classes based on them. The result was an emphatic yes, and from 2 to 4 p.m. today, CHAC will hold its debut Crafty Chica Workshop. Were so excited that she gave us her permission, OBrien says, noting that Murillos sensibilities match CHACs perfectly. Weve been trying to do adult classes for a long time, so this is like the first step. You always have to take a first step.
The initial project will be creating a casita, a little house-shaped shrine that you can hang on a wall. For a $25 fee, CHAC will provide materials, instruction and refreshments. Future workshops, scheduled for the fourth Saturday of every month and all drawing from the Crafty Chica Collection book, include stamped folk-art boxes and Mexicali mini-lights for decorating summer porches. Registration is required; visit www.chacweb.org or call 303-571-0440.
Sat., March 27, 2-4 p.m., 2010