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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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Meet our New Tenant Ivan Quiroga



The McAllen Creative Incubator, Welcomes Tenant!

Meet McA2’s newest and talented Tenant, Ivan Quiroga.  Ivan graduated from UTPA in 2014, he is a graphic designer & photographer.

“When I decided on my career choice, I was confident that I was equipped with great tools to take peoples ideas into digital platforms, to help promote their products and services.” Said Ivan,  “One of the most important things in my profession is to satisfy people and companies needs thru creative solutions, using digital tools.”

We are excited to see what new projects Ivan will bring about.  Mr. Quiroga is currently collaborating with a group of UTRGV artists, to bring about a fresh vibrant exhibit, that is sure to arouse the Artistic senses of our community.

If you wish to contact Ivan Quiroga, for help in promoting your business or a personal inquiry of his services, call 956-648-6259 or via email at

For more information on how to become a tenant at the Incubator contact Laura Robles at or 956-687-2787. The McAllen Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main Street and strengthens our creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit creative businesses, by engaging the art, business, creative communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a thought leader and a convener.


McAllen Chamber presents Community Classes at The Creative Incubator



McAllen Chamber presents Community Classes at The Creative Incubator 

The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a department of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and exists to support and promote the arts within the community. McA2 has been in existence for over a decade and continues to support, promote and develop programs in support of the Cultural Arts.

Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  Our goal of the upcoming workshops, is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community.

Community Classes will offer:

Aerobics Fitness & Toning group training with Trey                        

Chinese Language                                                                                           

Crafts with Adriana (Bilingual/Bilingue)                                               

Drama Basics for Adults (Bilingual/Bilingue)                                        

English for beginners                                                                                   

Guitar/Guitarra (Bilingual/Bilingue)                                                      

Karaoke Club-Voice Instruction                                                                 

Motorcycle Safety & Certification                                                          

Photoshop I (Bilingual/Bilingue)                                                                

Poetry Writing                                                                                              

Principals of Drawing Instruction (Bilingual/Bilingue)                     

TAI CHI                                                                                                                

The Art of Autobiographical Writing                                                     

Vocal Coaching (Bilingual/Bilingue)                                                      

Yoga Class                                                                                                         

 As well as Spanish Courses:

El Arte De Hablar en Publico                                                                       

Manualidades con Nora Garza                                                                  

Principios de Dibujo-Instruccional                                                          

Taller de Composicion                                                                                

Teoria y Practica del Color                                                                         

Courses begin February 2017.  Register today at

Contact:  Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator
McAllen Creative Incubator
Phone:  956-687-2787

MÉXICO + U.S.A. FRIENDS FOREVER Exhibit by Ernesto Cervantes



Born in Pharr, Texas and raised in Monterrey, México,  Ernesto Cervantes is an artist that has travel around México and the U.S. learning about their culture, traditions and appreciating their landscapes.

In his exhibition: México + U.S.A. Friends Forever, Ernesto brings us parts of these two worlds, their colors, their textures, their diversity; you will feel immersed as part of the journey. Through his photographs, you will appreciate similarities and contrasts of how this two great countries have grown together, like two great friends.

Jose Ernesto Cervantes

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT NIGHTS by Viol Consort presents Brilliant Romantic


Date:Sunday January 29th 6:30pm

Place: McAllen Public Library Auditorium

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

A  pre-concert talk would be offering  a fascinating insight into the  music you will be hearing. It begins at 6:30pm  half hour before the performance at the McAllen Public Library Auditorium.

  • pre-concert talk 6:30pm
  • concert 7:00pm

the talk would bring each work and its composer to life in a whole new way and get you  ready to enjoy the concert more than ever.

These lively, interactive and informal talk, last for approximately 20 minutes and it’s held half hour  before the  concert begins. Get to the concert early and join us in the McAllen Public Library Auditorium and let us give you all there is to the music “behind the music.”

In this occasion Viol Consort will be performing a fine selection of XIX century repertoire for violin, piano and string quartet.  The concert will start with Johannes Brahms Scherzo in C minor for violin and piano from the F.A.E. Sonata followed by  Franz Schubert string quartet N.14 in D minor.

Viol Consort  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 Public Library Auditorium on Sunday January 29th at 6:30pm, Free Admission.

Viol Consort is part of the group of artists established at McAllen Creative Incubator, an institution dedicated to promoting local art in the McAllen community.  For more information about these concerts please contact: McAllen Creative Incubator (956) 687-2787,  or like our facebook page: Chamber Music Concert Nights by Viol Consort.

Juego? Can I play? a short film


Two siblings visit their cousins. Joey goes to the park with her cousin and discovers a new world filled with friendship, fun and inclusion; while Angelina decides to stay home with her smartphone.

Juego? (Can I play?) is a shortfilm that promotes values such as acceptance, peace, diversity and friendship in a very entertaining way rescuing traditional Mexican and American games.

Dos hermanos van a visitar a sus primos. Joey sale a jugar al parque con su prima y descubre un mundo nuevo de amistad, diversión y aceptación; mientras Angelina prefiere quedarse en casa con su celular.

Juego? Es un cortometraje bilingüe que invita a los niños a jugar y promueve valores de aceptación, paz, diversidad y amistad de una manera muy divertida y rescatando juegos tradicionales mexicanos y americanos.

Jose Ernesto Cervantes