Art Studio and workspace, available at an affordable price

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The McAllen Creative Arts Incubator (McA2) is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants.  With help from the city, the McAllen Chamber has created 20 low cost artist studios and office spaces for expanding artists and art organizations.  The Cultural Arts Department houses artists of different art disciplines such as painters, choir lessons, teen radio etiquette, writers, photographers and clay sculpting, just to name a few.  The studio space available is a 12×12 at an affordable $185 a month.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit:

  1. *a completed application
  2. provide samples of work
  3. resume
  4. and finally we will guide you in the process to develop a Business Plan

Prospective tenants will be selected and then meet with a representative of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.  *Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen  or download the file at

The McAllen Creative Incubator, has 2 paint labs a classroom, stage and a variety of Exhibit areas for tenants use at no additional cost.  McA2 is located at 601 N. Main St. in the heart of McAllen’s Art’s District.

Trash, works by Lionel Castillo

Trash, works by Lionel Castillo
You are invited to join us at the McAllen Incubator this First Friday ArtWalk, March 2nd between 7 – 9 p.m. for a dynamic art show by Mexican-American photographer and artist Lionel Castillo (b. 1989) whose recent works explore the relationship between landscape and litter. He holds a B.F.A. in Art from Kennesaw State University, and has exhibited in the states of Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. Refreshments and light hors d’eouvres will be served. Open to the general public.



McAllen, TX – Visitors to McAllen’s March Art Walk can expect another year of exemplary works by IDEA Public Schools’ art students.
Carefully curated by IDEA’s exhibition coordinator and art instructor, Julissa Rodriguez, the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main St. in McAllen, is hosting ‘Unite for the Ninth’ in conjunction with Texas’ Youth Art Month.

“Our exhibition showcases a wonderful collection of artwork of our students,” shared Rodriguez, who teaches painting and AP studio art at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan. “Our teachers go above and beyond to help prepare our students for college. We work hard to find a balance between a fun and rigorous classroom and its visible in our student’s artwork.”

‘Unite For the Ninth’ will feature works from the Mission, McAllen, Quest, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, Weslaco, Weslaco Pike, San Benito, and Brownsville. IDEA’s visual arts program is both college preparatory and vertically-aligned to ensure student success on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate portfolios.

“Every single art instructor in our district, including our faculty in Central Texas, is dedicated to fostering a deep love of arts in their students,” remarked Cristina Correa, IDEA’s Visual Arts Curriculum Manager and arts instructor at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan. “Our art department is like family, and by collaborating and learning from one another, our students have learned to take great pride in their work.”

The opening reception for ‘Unite For the Ninth’ will be held on Friday, March 2, from 7 to 9 pm. The public is welcomed and encouraged to stay and see work from tenants of the McAllen Arts Incubator, which hosts both private and group classes for children and adults.

ArtWalk on February 2, 2018, 7p-9p



Art Walk is designed to bring awareness of galleries, in the Arts District, as well as unknown and known artist. Thru art walk, McAllen paves the way for artists to express their artistic passion, increase interest in the arts, and promote awareness in appreciation of all art and culture. Stop by and discover the talented Artists at the McAllen Creative Incubator during the Art Walk event.
Art Exhibits:
Roel Flores & Daniel Rodriguez
McAllen ISD
John Angelo Jahan-Tigh
Mary Williams

Don’t forget to Hashtag your pictures: #McAllenCreativeIncubator

Trees, “Arboles” Exhibit by Roel Flores

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Trees, “Arboles” by Roel Flores

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Incubator is proud to support the exhibit Trees, “Arboles” by Mr. Roel Flores.

Flores, who was born in Weslaco, Texas and still resides there is a shy, soft spoken man.  He speaks thru art, and has had several exhibits at the McAllen Creative Incubator.  Mr. Roel Flores’s, artwork reflects an era when, the valley was young, untouched by commercial buildings and he worked in the fields.  Roel is the oldest of five brothers of seasonal migrant worker parents.

“Since we were young, trees were always there.  Trees were a part of our lives; we would climb and play on them.  Later in our lives trees were there to give us shade on hot sunny days, while we ate at noon and when we got home after working in the fields.” says Mr. Flores of his love of trees, “Always with their branches like strong arms and with their leafs singing songs of hope.”

Mr. Flores’s accomplishments are many, but he is most proud to have received the National Arts & Humanities Proclamation from President Obama in 2013.

In additional to painting Roel is an accomplished guitarist. He come from an artistic family, which consists of a brother & nephew, who occasionally exhibit together.  The passion for Art runs deep in the Flores family particularly in Mr. Flores and his nephew Daniel Rodriguez.

Visit the exhibit on display at the McAllen Creative Inbuator during Art Walk on February 2, 2018 from 7pm-9pm.  The exhibit will remain on display for the entire month.


McAllen Chamber of Commerce to offer Community Classes in 2018

20170111_102224McAllen Chamber of Commerce to offer Community Classes in 2018

McAllen—Back by popular demandThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce continues to offer a series of Community Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator, the “cultural arm” of the Chamber.  Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  Our goal, for the upcoming workshops is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community. Community Classes is offering the following classes:

  • The Art of Autobiographical Writing
  • Guitar-Learn to play your favorite song
  • Tai Chi (Saturday Beginners)
  • Vocal Coaching-Sing your favorite songs
  • Photography for beginners
  • Chinese Language
  • Hand Building with Clay
  • Chess Step Lessons
  • Beginner’s Salsa Dance Instruction
  • Hand Building with Clay
  • Tai Chi (Saturdays Advance)

Classes are held at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Courses begin soon; register today at or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.


Promoting the artwork of new and emerging artists

McAllen, TX, October 30, 2017– A live and online auction will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator to promote the artwork of area artists. Doors open at noon for viewing and the auction starts at 2:00pm. There will be a meet-n-greet with the artists immediately after the auction lasting until 5:00pm.
The full auction catalog can be viewed, printed, and/or downloaded at
See you there!

Nov 18 Art Auction Ad