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McAllen, TX – On Friday, March 3rd, the McAllen Creative Incubator will be bursting with a colorful collection of hand-crafted works imagineered by IDEA Public Schools’ young, emerging artists.

Under the direction of 13 of the district’s studio art instructors and the diligent coordination of Julissa Rodriguez, art instructor at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan, IDEA Public Schools is proud to present Freedom to Create, the 8th annual district fine arts exhibition.

Juxtaposed against March’s Art Walk, the exhibition will feature art work from 6th through 12th grade students enrolled at IDEA College Preparatories in Brownsville, San Benito, Weslaco, Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, McAllen, Mission, and San Antonio. Musical performances by students at IDEA College Preparatories in Mission and San Juan will also be showcased on the Incubator’s main stage.

“Its so wonderful [being able] to learn and laugh together with the students,” remarked Eva Williamson, art instructor at IDEA College Preparatory Pharr. “There’s never a dull moment and we always feel continuously challenged in a positive, growth-mindset type of way.”

By the time IDEA students graduate from high school, they are given the opportunity to earn college credit either by taking the rigorous AP Studio Art and Art History exams or undergoing a dynamic evaluation through the International Baccalaureate Programme.

“As a student, I really enjoy that our art teachers take time to prepare us with the skills to create whatever we want,” shared Brittany Diaz, AP Drawing and 12th grade student at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan. “Its opened doors for me in ways that I could have never imagined before and I’m incredibly excited about studying fashion next year.”

The opening reception for Freedom to Create is free, open to the public and will be held Friday, March 3rd from 7 to 9 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  The exhibit will remain until the end of March, stop by and enjoy!

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