7 projects in the RGV are awarded the McAllen Arts Council-Grant in 2016

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7 projects in the RGV are awarded the McAllen Arts Council-Grant in 2016

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce along with the McAllen Arts Council strongly support and believe that the Arts have a cultural impact to any City’s way of life. They continue to encourage the development of an Art community in McAllen and the surrounding cities. One of those programs of support is the McAllen Arts Council Grants Program which is designed to benefit the RGV community. Grants enable Artists and arts organizations to bring life-changing benefits to their community and carry out their work. Grants are awarded annually. This year (7) seven projects in McAllen received Grants from the MAC Grant Program.

Latin American Foundation for the Art- The Latin American Foundation for the Arts promotes, creates and develops initiatives’ and projects to improve cultural access and visibility of the literary, visual and performing arts.

Sam Heredia, Viol Consort is an orchestra with no more than 18 musicians, who perform classical period music, for the general public, thru the Chamber Music Concert Nights Series during the year. The Free-Concert takes place from September thru May at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Victoria Lopez, Poet-Created and developed a Summer Arts Program that enabled and encouraged the artistic development in 20 youth, through instruments, writing, painting, poetry, theatre, singing and technology this past summer. This program was celebrated by its attendees and many look forward to participating in it next year.

The Valley Land Fund works to preserve, expand and enhance native wildlife habitat in the Rio Grande Valley and deep South Texas through education, land ownership and the creation of economic incentives. Since 1994, nature photography has been a trademark education tool of the Valley Land Fund.

The McAllen Creative Incubator supports artist & art activities. The McA2 is in the heart of the Arts district on Main Street and is uniquely positioned to actively connect the creative sector with the art, business, and creative communities. Visit the McA2 during the City wide, free-family friendly, Art Walk event every first Friday of the month. Stop by to visit its friendly talented tenants and discover new art by visiting artists.

STC’s Valley Honor Band will provide high achieving McAllen area band students the opportunity to perform in a fun and challenging environment while experiencing the rigor and quality of instruction expected at the collegiate level.

Thelma Davila a teacher at Reynaldo G. Garza Elementary & Evenly Rector wish to beautify their school’s patio tables. Their project, Mosaic Art & Chess boards will transform some metal playground tables into Chess boards. The project will allow the students to engage in this thought provoking game, during recess, while at the same time creating art of the old metal tables. The tables will also be available to the public during non-school hours.

Fausto Olguín to Exhibit his Art at the McAllen Creative Incubator



Fausto Olguín magnifies the pictorial exhibition for the second time at the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator. He was born in 1945 and is originally from Mexico City.  A passionate & dedicated professional to the arts since 1970, Olgin, has participated in some workshops with teacher Rufino Tamayo as well as the Master Artist Luis Nishizawa. His works have been in a variety of galleries in Mexico City and its region.

Mr. Fausto, is now a permanent resident of the United States, and is introducing his work to the general public, for their consideration and enjoyment.

This November the Creative Incubator has the honor to exhibit Mr. Olguins art works for the McAllen community and nearby cities.  The Exhibition features a variety of techniques, media and interpretation.

His works will remain on display until the end of December in the Atrium of the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N Main Street in McAllen, Texas.

The Incubator is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily and admission is free. All art work on display is for sale, for more information about this exhibition, contact the artist Fausto Olguín at 956-569-5706.

The McAllen Creative Incubator welcomes the opportunity to help artist display their art. For more information on how to exhibit at the Incubator Gallery or Atrium contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Join Us for Art Walk Nov 4th & enjoy the Mex Expo all weekend!


The “Vibrant Heritage” Mexican Artisan Expo will be taking place at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main St. from November 4-6, 2016. More than 70 artisans from various states in Mexico and Central America will showcase some of the best in clothing, crafts, candies that Mexico is renowned for. All products will be on sale to the public and distributors at great prices.

Some of the hand crafted products that will be showcased are hand crafted Talavera, textiles, oil paintings, silver jewelry, chaquira (beads), decorative candles, candies, moles and more.

Entrance to the Mexican Artisan Expo is free!save-the-date-november-2016

Friday, November 4th from 12:00pm–9:00pm 

Saturday, November 5th from 9:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, November 6th from 10:00am–6:00pm

Chamber Music Concert Night-Nov 6th


     Chamber Music Concert Nights it’s a program of free educational concerts with a variety of classical music with the purpose of making art more accessible and understandable to the community.

 In this occasion Viol Consort will be performing a fine selection of early music repertoire for string duet, string quartet and wind and string ensemble.  The concert will start with a set of beautiful baroque sonatas for violin, flute and cello from  XVII and XVIII century, followed by string works of Nicola Porpora and Francesco Duarte and  concluding with the majestic Symphony N.1 op. 1 by the composer  Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello for wind and string orchestra.

      Viol Consort String Quartet has offered its exclusive  literature to local, national and international audiences in a variety of venues that include concert halls,  festivals, museums, and classrooms,for the sole purpose of promoting a cultural environment within reach of the whole community, especially in the Rio Grande Valley  where Chamber Music Concert Nights started  the program of 2 concert seasons  in McAllen Texas presenting eight didactic concerts per year.  

      The concert will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator (old library building) in 601 N. Main St. McAllen  on Sunday November 6th at 7:30pm, Free Admission.

    For more information about these concerts please contact sarahytcviolin@gmail.com  or like our facebook page: Chamber Music Concert Nights by Viol Consort.

Solo Exhibit by Aurora Vite


Solo Exhibit “Life thru my eyes” by Aurora Vite

McAllen, TX.  Award winning artist Aurora Vite who was born and raised in Mexico announced that her abstract and realist series “Life thru my eyes” will exhibit at the McAllen Creative Incubator Gallery this upcoming month.

Aurora who is a well-known & accomplished artist in Mexico participated in the McAllen’s Art Council, Fine Art Exhibit in 2016 and won 1st place for her photography art.  The international artist who is known for her animal realism and colorful abstracts in different techniques like acrylics, oil and mixed media will have a solo exhibit which will debut on October 7, 2017 during the Art Walk Event.  The Exhibit will remain on display thru the end of that month.

“It’s nice to be recognized for your accomplishments here in the RGV,” Sais Aurora Vite “The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of local Artist thru the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator.  I am pleased and gratified to be an artist at the McA2 and be a part of its Tenancy program.”

The public is invited to visit the exhibit and meet the Artist from 7pm-9pm at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  For information on the Artists art workshops, contact her at 956-569-1915.   To learn more about our facility, visit our web page at www.mcallenart.com.

Excellent concert held at the McAllen Creative Incubator Chamber Music Concert Nights Series returned with their 2016 fall season



Next concert that will be held on Sunday November 6th at 7:30pm

If you were not at the McAllen Creative Incubator on Sunday, September 18th, you missed a great start over of these free didactic concerts.

Chamber Music Concert Nights Series returned 3 classical music concert events to be held in the McAllen Creative Incubator.

The one hour performance of Viol Consort String Ensemble was spectacular, featuring as always, a fine mixture of familiar and obscure chamber works by a diverse group of composers. In these occasion  the concert started  with a beautiful collection of  XVII century sonatas  for violin, bassoon and cello featuring the  special guest Arturo Gonzalez in the bassoon joined by violinists Sam Heredia, Sarah Torres, Alfonso Atkinson, Gamaliel Sanchez in the viola and Abran Garcia in the cello.

They started the second half of the program with the Allegro from Rimsky Korsakov B-La-F String Quartet and concluded   with one of the most celebrated string quartets from Haydn’s Op. 64, the Fifth, in D, and so-called “Lark String Quartet”.

The powerful and inspiring repertoire kept the audience pleased and willing to attend the next concert that will be held on Sunday November 6th at 7:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator in 601 N. Main St. McAllen.

For more information about this Free Chamber Music Concerts please contact sarahytcviolin@gmail.com  or  like our Facebook page: Chamber Music Concert Nights by Viol Consort.


“Mi Herencia” Art Exhibit by Roel Flores

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This October, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Incubator is proud to offer an exhibition from Mr. Roel Flores.

Mr. Flores has 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 Roel Flores who was born in Weslaco, Texas and still resides there. Their combined artwork exhibits have consisted of paintings on canvas, oil & acrylic, with each artist having a different perspective and unique style.

On this occasion, Roel calls this exhibit “Mi Herenica” to go along with heritage month.  Mr. Roel Flores’s, art work 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.

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.

A talented and soft spoken gentleman, Roel has exhibited in many locations, some which include the Weslaco Museum, San Benito, Austin, Houston, Chicago and in 2015 at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

“Mi Herencia” exhibit will be on display during Art Walk on Friday October 7th, and will remain on display for the entire month.

The focus of Incubator Exhibits is to promote awareness of local artists. On a monthly basis the Creative Incubator features talented artists who exhibit and join in for Art walk on the first Friday of every month.  A great variety of talented Artists have joined us from Corpus Christi as well as RGV residents.

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