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The last two weekends of July, Studio 9 of the McAllen Creative Incubator, ACTIN – Integral Performance, is offering a film workshop for children between 8 and 12 years old, Saturday and Sunday 23, 24, 30 and 31 July from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The outcome will be a a short film.

Nowadays, most children receive information from the Internet , films and television. It is therefore important that children learn the visual language and learn to recognize that manipulations are made.

Some of the main points of the workshop are:

• Learning to express ideas through image, not just words.
• Being critical viewers with audiovisual media: film, TV, internet, they learn to recognize when they try to manipulate.
• To promote the knowledge of the basic elements of visual language that provide a correct reading of movies and teach us to appreciate their artistic quality.
• Working in groups, share experience, learn to communicate effectively, build leadership skills and responsibility to create their own short.

Space is limited to 10 children to provide personalized attention to each. Registration is on Monday at 7:30 pm at Studio 9 ACTIN and has a cost of $ 160 dlls. Classes will be taught in Spanish .

For more information call 956 624 8239 to Elizabeth Ayala.

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Open Mic-July 8th

Open Mic-July 8th

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, 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.
Sign up to participate at:




Coco Salinas

“I paint different topics and find myself in the art. To me the world is art and we are all artists,” Coco Salinas said “All nature, people, the beauty of the human face, abstract and figurative, everything is art, everything is beautiful and everything can be translated onto a canvas. My wish is to help others find themselves through art.”

Coco Salinas has a passion for Art. She aims to capture the beauty of the simple things with a stroke of the paint brush. The abstract objects, the freshness of a fruit, the hidden beauty of an old tree but mostly her work convey an emotion to be captured by sitting, observing and drinking some coffee, tea or wine, as someone would do with a great friend. Ms. Salinas is currently accepting applications for new student. As a teacher, Coco offers, no intention to change the students’ world view, but offers advice through her own artwork. Art is her business, her passion, her dream. Art is the window into her world.

Coco Salinas

Feature Exhibit of the Month Latin Essence by Fany Mares


Feature Exhibit of the Month-Latin Essence by Fany Mares

Artist Fany Mares is having a solo exhibit named “Latin Essence” at the McAllen Creative Incubator for the month of June.  The exhibit is formed by a series of paintings that reflect her Latin roots, portraying Latin culture, feelings & essence.  The opening reception for Mares exhibit will be on Friday June 17th the general public is welcomed to attend.  The exhibit will remain on display thru June 27th.

Fany Mares was born in Mexico City.  She started to paint at an early age, and has a major in Design from Universidad Nuevo Mundo in Mexico City.  Her work goes beyond realism as she searches for the essence within her subjects.  She uses bright colors, expressive brushstrokes, and rich texture that gives volume to her paintings.

Mares is a professional painter, her work has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Europe; she has also earned awards from art contests in Italy, and took part in the Art Biennial of Palermo in 2015.   Fany, works from her studio in south Texas, where she is constantly creating.   Mares recently had a solo exhibit titled “The Colors of Mexico” at the Mexican Consulate in McAllen, Texas.

“Art is my passion, my means of expression, my language, through art I can express my view of the world and the connection I see in everything that surrounds us.” Said Fany Mares


Open Mic-Summer Sessions


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 .  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).


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


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:

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.


McA2 welcomes Reynaldoism, by Rey Santiago


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  Enjoy Mr. Santiago’s art work at &, 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