Crafty Chica is the brand and website founded by author and artist, Kathy Cano-Murillo. Launched in 2001 as a way to share artful inspirations, Kathy’s business has grown into a mini-empire of creativity. Kathy has authored seven craft books, two novels and can often be seen on national television. She teaches workshops, delivers keynote speeches and has been featured in the New York Times, Latina Magazine and USA Today. She has had her original art in hundreds of boutiques across the country, and now has her own craft product line in Michaels stores. She is currently writing her next novel and designing a greeting card and giftware line.
The last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, October 15th, has been designated as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). In 2003, NLAAD was established in response to the impact of HIV and AIDS on Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. NLAAD is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention and education; in addition to other critical health issues such as Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis. NLAAD is also a capacity building opportunity that aims to improve the ability of community based organizations, faith based congregations, and local health departments to provide HIV testing, prevention and education services through collaboration and partnership opportunities.