Dolores Huerta and Edward James Olmos Among Friends to Pay Public Tribute

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the children of José Montoya, Sacramento artist, poet, and activist who died at age 81 on September 25, 2013, will host an evening at Sacramento’s Crest Theater in commemoration of his life in a public memorial with tributes by the legendary Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino and writer and director of Zoot Suit and La Bamba; and Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor Edward James Olmos. Family members presenting include Jose’s sons - Poetry Unplugged founder, Joe Montoya, Jr., and Culture Clash co-founder and actor Richard Montoya, along with many others.

The literal translation of “la locura cura” is “craziness heals” and was coined by Montoya as a way to explain the unconventionally successful creativity of the RCAF, the Royal Chicano Air Force, a group he co-founded of Chicano artists- mostly professors and students who were and still are prolific Sacramento artists devoted to advancing social justice through visual and performing arts.

Many regional events and throughout the nation have been dedicated to Montoya’s memory, and the family has been deeply touched by the tributes organized by artists, poets, community members, and former students. However, this free, public event planned in Sacramento is the only Montoya-family produced tribute event that will honor the memory of Montoya and his contributions in all of the many worlds in which he served including his early years in New Mexico, California’s Central Valley, the US Navy, his college life, teaching, and his activism.

WHAT: Montoya Family Memorial in Honor of José Montoya WHO: Indigenous and Catholic Ceremony, Dolores Huerta, Luis Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Culture Clash members, Joe Montoya, Jr., U.S. Veteran Honor Guard, Circulo de Hombres, RCAF, Mariachi and more WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 20146:00 pm to 9:00 pm WHERE: CREST Theater 1013 K St. Sacramento, CA 95814

CONTACT:Gina Montoya: (323) 500-6516 ~ Richard Montoya ~