Open Mic-Summer Sessions


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Aspiring musicians are Invited to showcase their Talents during the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Open Mic Sessions this summer

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with Prelude will be hosting a monthly “Open Mic” talent search this summer. The sessions take place on Friday June 3, July 8, and August 5 from 7:00 pm– 9:00 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.

Don’t miss your opportunity to perform for a spot in one of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce events, such as the Food Park Unplugged.

Food Park Unplugged is a Free event open to all ages and features live performances that rocks the block in the heart of McAllen’s Arts and Entertainment Districts as the Valley’s first-ever Mobile Food Truck Park,” said Yajaira Villarreal, “Open Mic, this summer will bring forth, raw talent.  We are constantly looking for local talent to perform at the Food Park Unplugged.”  FPU takes place every third Friday of the month. 7:30pm-9:30pm at 10 N. Broadway, McAllen.

During this Open Mic auditions, Artists could also be selected to perform for the Art Walk at the Creative Incubator.

Art Walk in conjunction with Music After hours takes place every first Friday of the month from September thru May.

Additionally, musicians could be selected to perform for The Prelude’s booking team, which books musicians for events throughout the Valley.

Aspiring performers across the Valley are encouraged to sign up and  reserve their spot, by signing up at http://theprelude.net/openmicmcallen/ .  Artists can also show up at Open Mic night, but this is discouraged as spaces are limited. For further inquiries or questions contact The Prelude at (956-335-5173).

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McAllen Creative Incubator hosts its first “Creative Impact Summer Arts Program”

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The McAllen Creative Incubator is proud to host its first Creative Impact Summer Arts Program for students’ ages 12 through 18. The Program has been developed and is coordinated by Incubator Tenant, Victoria Lopez.

We strongly believe in the enablement and encouragement of artistic development in youth, whether it be through instruments, writing, painting, poetry, theater, singing or technology. It is our goal that your child leaves this summer program with an enthusiastic, uplifted outlook in regard to a variety of mediums, styles and artistic opportunities’.

When: June 6th – June 17th
Time: 8am to 5pm
Where: The McAllen Creative Incubator
[601 N. Main St. McAllen, TX 78504]
Program Fee: $120 for two week instruction; $60 for one week instruction

Schedule now available at: http://www.mcallenart.com/calendar

Dowload the Applicaton: Creative Arts Summer Program Registration Form or Register online NOW!

MAC 7th Annual Fine Art Exhibit

This year, the McAllen Arts Council and The McAllen Creative Incubator are collaborating to recognize and showcase a visual exhibit by talented past & present Incubator tenants as well as Invited artists.  Confirmed artists are Ruth Hoyt, Alma Casso, Rey Santiago, Aurora Vite, Martha Hinojosa, Paul Pritchett, Sue Sill, Luis Ramirez, Robert Yannone, Helen M. Chambers, Carlos Limas, Coco Salinas, Fanny Mares & Miriam Smith. The MAC Fine Art Exhibit will be open weekdays from 9am-6pm thru the end of May.  All the fine art on display is available for sale or commission.

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McA2 welcomes Reynaldoism, by Rey Santiago

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McA2 welcomes Reynaldoism, by Rey Santiago

As Master of Fine Arts Program Director and professor at UTRGV, Reynaldo Santiago brings his extensive artistic experience and love of teaching to the Incubator.

With his background teaching a variety of art courses in the School of Art at UTRGV, co-founder of the McAllen Art Walk, and founder/manager of the Facebook group, Printmakers International, Santiago teaches classes in various art forms.

Learn vanishing classical traditions in the areas of original hand pulled prints and ceramic sculpture. Printmaking techniques such as woodcut, linoleum, screen print, lithography, intaglio and monoprints are taught. Wheel throwing, glazing and hand building are in the ceramics curriculum.  Classes are for students 13 years up.

If a student wants to learn, I will teach them,” he states with conviction “I believe there are no rules in the process of creativity. I enjoy when my students create art that, at times, defies tradition and the art society as a whole.”

For class times and schedule contact Reynaldo Santiago, 956/369-2114, or via email at reynaldoism@aim.com.  Enjoy Mr. Santiago’s art work at www.reynaldoism.com & www.facebook.com/printmakersinternational.com, the public can also stop by the Incubator to visit with him.

The McAllen Creative Incubator is a stepping stone for artists to develop their much desired dream of someday having a studio, business or gallery.  Our vision is to see art flourishing in McAllen, by providing the public access to exhibitions, performances and associated events by our talented Incubator Tenants.

The goal of the McAllen Creative Incubator is to support the continued professional growth of artists and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community.  Would you like to be an artist at the Incubator? Applications from Artists are accepted on a continual basis.  For more information please contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at lrobles@mcallencvb.com.

 

April 20th-Visit with former MISD Student Caitlin Diaz

Caitlin Diaz, a MISD graduate and former KMAC student, has found success as a film maker in Los Angeles and will be visiting the RGV April 20th, specifically on this day, the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N Main St. Ms. Diaz will have a screening and open discussion about experimental and DIY film-making to aspiring students and/or anyone interested in the topic or pursuing this career. She recently collaborated with Beyoncé’s team to produce her latest music video “Formation”.

 

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Studio & Workspace available at an affordable price at the McAllen Creative Incubator

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants of the McAllen Creative Incubator.  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 porcelain painting, choir lessons and a children’s Acting Studio, just to name a few.  The studio space available is a 12 x 12 space and rents for $175.00 a month.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit a completed application, samples of work, resume and a business plan.   Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen  or it is also available online at http://www.mcallenart.com/studio-directory

For assistance with the business plan, set an appointment with Mr. Jorge Sanchez, Business Development Coordinator for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 956-687-2787.  Completed application and business plan can be submitted directly to the McAllen Creative Incubator or the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, at 1200 Ash, P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.

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2016 McAllen Art Grant Program-Deadline May 13th @12pm

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McAllen— McAllen Art Grant Program is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.
The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 12pm.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art programs within the Valley.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been McAllen Memorial High-Art Department, Pharr Community Theater, The Cachetones, and IMAS just to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce to individual artists and art organizations.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce  is making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
Applications are available at www.mcallenart.com, McAllen Arts Council Facebook Page, www.mcallencvb.com and paper copies can be picked up at the McAllen Creative Incubator office at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen Texas.    For more information regarding the grants program or to request an application, please contact: Laura Robles, at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687.2787 or lrobles@mcallencvb.com.  Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.  Please note we cannot accept faxed or emailed applications. We will only consider applications received by the deadline.

Apply Here:2016.MAC Grant Application

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The McAllen Arts Council supports the following goals for the arts:
* Support artists
* Enable organizations to thrive, not just survive
* Championing cultural diversity
* Offer opportunities for young people
* Encourage growth

 

One of the MAC Programs is the McAllen Art Grant Program which is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.
The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 12pm.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art programs within the Valley.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been McAllen Memorial High-Art Department, Pharr Community Theater, The Cachetones, and IMAS just to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce to individual artists and art organizations.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, May 13, 2016.

If you are interested in applying, you can download the application here ——-> 2016.MAC Grant Application.

 

Sincerely, 

Laura Robles
McAllen Chamber of Commerce/CVB
Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator
(956) 687-2787
Fax (956) 683-0487

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