Art Walk is on Friday, May 4th!


Join us for the last Art Walk of the season at theMcAllen Creative Incubator. We are proud to support the arts and participate in the city’s Art Walk event the first Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome to visit the Incubator, its tenants and enjoy the exhibitions on display. This is a free, family friendly event, so come out and enjoy the Art’s in McAllen! Special thanks to Millennial Marketing for the graphics. :)

McAllen Arts Council invites you to attend the 9th Annual Fine Art Exhibit “3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists”


McAllen Arts Council invites you to attend the
9th Annual Fine Art Exhibit
“3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists”

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council is pleased to invite the public to the ninth (9) annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Arts Exhibit.

” This year’s featured theme, 3D Art/Mixed Media Exhibit by RGV Artists features talented RGV Artists such as Master Ceramicist & Printmaker, Reynaldo Santiago, ” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator “Oil painter & Sculptor Paul Pritchett, Fany Mares, Lian Shingler and a new Artist to the RGV, Lauren Frey. We invite the public to visit the Incubator and support these talented Artists.”

Reception to take place during Art Walk on Friday, May 4, 2018, 7pm-9pm at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen. The show remains on display though out the month of May 2018, from May 4th through May 25th in the McAllen Creative Incubator, Exhibit hall. Incubators business hours, excluding Art Walk, are form 9am-5pm, Monday thru Friday with the entrance being thru the alley.

McAllen Arts Council supports and encourages the development of a citywide arts culture and infrastructure that includes all disciplines of the arts. This support and encouragement will improve the city’s quality of life through promoting and enhancing creativity, education, and the appreciation of the arts. McAllen Arts Council Fine Art Shows are on exhibit at the McAllen Creative Incubator, once a year.

For more information contact:
Laura Robles
Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator

Community Classes-2018 Summer Session

Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  Register for the upcoming classes at

Available courses:

Autobiographical Writing with Daniel Tyx


Dealing with grief through poetry

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

 **Class Offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Learn how to draw

 **Class Offered on Fridays, Wednesdays or Mondays

Embroidery & Sewing Workshop

**Class Offered on Fridays or Saturdays

How to draw what you see

Painting for beginners

Salsa Dance Instruction for beginners

Tai Chi for Advance Student

Tai Chi for Beginner

Art Studio and workspace, available at an affordable price

Suite 9.Studio pic

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.