Spring 2019-Creative & Enrichment Classes

McA2FB COVER.2019Creative & Enrichment Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults & children in creative processes and to continue to expose RGV residents to the cultural arts.” The goal of the upcoming workshops is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community. Classes start in February so register TODAY at www.mca2classes.com McA2_300x600-2MCA2.Contant Contact

Artist Suite Available at McA2

With help from the city, the McAllen Chamber has created 21 low cost artist suites and office spaces for expanding artists and art organizations.  The Cultural Arts Department houses artists of different art disciplines such as painters, choir instructors, writers, photographers and sculptors, just to name a few.  The suite space available is a 12×12 at an affordable $190 a month.

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.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit a completed application. *Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen or download the file at http://www.mcallenart.com/studio-directory.   Applications are accepted on a continual basis.

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.  For more information, please contact Laura Robles at 956-682-2871 or via email at lrobles@visitmcallen.com.



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“Imaginings” a porcelain exhibit by Miriam Smith

This month of November the McAllen Creative Incubator features artist Miriam Smith.  It will be her third art exposition at McA2.  While every medium is important to her, Porcelain is her passion.  The other mediums that will be displayed include Landscapes painted in oil and a series of Acrylics, which she has titled “Imaginings”.

Miriam, who also studied art in California, fondly recalls those distinguished artists she once worked and learned from, like Barbara Jensen, Jene Harpor and  Celee Evans.  The distinguished artists is proud to have studied alongside Birget Porter, who is also a Porcelain Painter that studied at the Royal Palace in Germany.

“Porcelain painting, is a beautiful way to display art in your home or office.” Said Mrs. Smith, “art is like a treasure that can be passed on from generation to generation, adding invaluable worth to it as the years go by.”

Miriam offers a flexible schedule and personalized attention, when teaching the Art.  For more information about her classes or to inquire about her art, contact Ms. Smith at 559-381-8094 or via email at miriam.blanco.ms@gmail.com.

Art Walk October 5, 2018

Looking forward to all the Artist Exhiits and Visitors during Art Walk@the Incubator, this Friday Oct 5th from 7p,-9pm. Special Thanks to Millennial Marketing for the graphics!

Featured Art Exhibits and confirmed guests to the upcoming Art Walk:
Ruth Hoyt
Rene Lopez
Marianita Escamilla
Laura Rivas
Fausto Olguin

Special Guests:
 McAllen Public Utilities
 McAllen Recycling Center

 Viol Consort
 Salsa Con Son (dance Performance)

  — with Viol Consort String EnsembleRene LopezRuth HoytSalsa con Son,City of McAllen Recycling Center and McAllen Public Utility.

Announcing auditions for colibrí children’s choir


Auditions for the colibrí children’s choir will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator (601 N. Main).  No appointment is needed.  For those unable to come at this time, please call 956.307.6074 to arrange an alternate time. First rehearsal will be Sunday, September 9, 2018.

The colibrí children’s choir is a community, auditioned treble choir for students in first through tenth grade. Students are selected on the basis of their aural and vocal potential, their desire to sing, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to work hard. Children from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools meet Sunday afternoons for rehearsals and musicianship classes, which are designed to teach music literacy. The choir performs at least two concerts each year at the McAllen Creative Incubator and has appeared at McAllen’s Christmas in the Park and Fourth of July programs, at Quinta Mazatlán, Edinburg’s Scenic Wetlands, and St. George’s International Festival. The choir meets in the Gallery of the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street.

A $20 registration fee is required at the time of audition.

Information on the audition process, rehearsal and concert schedule, and tuition is at www.colibrimusic.org

Carol J. Brown, director of colibrí music studio and children’s choir, was a music specialist in McAllen ISD for 18 years, at IDEA Quest for 4 years, and at Stuart Place Elementary in Harlingen for 4 years. She has taught general music preK-6 and conducted a select choir. Her Navarro Children’s Choir twice appeared at state and national music teachers conventions in San Antonio, Texas.

She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas – Austin and a Master of Music Education from Indiana University – Bloomington where she also studied Folklore and Ethnomusicology. She earned a Two-Year Diploma from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, and she studied horn at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Each summer she teaches in the Kodály certification program at Portland State University. She plays horn with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and South Texas Lyric Opera. Ever since her work with Dr. Mary Goetze and the Indiana University Children’s Choir, Ms. Brown has been passionate about teaching children to sing.

Local Writer, Daniel Tyx to offer Autobiographical Writing at the McAllen Creative Incubator


The McAllen Chamber of Commerce continues to offer a series of Creative & Enrichment Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator, the cultural arm of the Chamber.  Qualified RGV artists like Daniel Tyx teach classes and share their knowledge of various disciplines, such as writing.

“We are proud to collaborate with local businesses and artists to engage residents in creative processes,” said Laura Robles, Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator. “The continued exposure to the arts enhances our community and helps expose the variety of cultural talent in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Daniel Blue Tyx is a freelance journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Purdue University, and his writing has appeared in publications including the Oxford American, the Texas Observer, Texas Highways, and Best American Travel Writing.

Daniel will be offering a weekly 2 hr workshop for 6 weeks on “The Art of Autobiographical Writing.”  The workshop will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator as a part of the Creative & Enrichment Class series.

“From family history to work to travel, our own lives are an endless source of material for artistic inspiration,” said Tyx. “In this course, we will read autobiographical essays ranging from the humorous to the profound written by masters of the craft.  We will explore the ingredients of a good story and practice the narrative techniques that invite readers into our own lives and minds.”

Cost is $70 for a total of 12 hours of instruction.  Class begins October 10th at 6pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Register today at www.McA2classes.com or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Influences, Art & Art Education: The Collective History of The G Squared Collaborative

G Squared
Influences, Art & Art Education:

The Collective History of The G Squared Collaborative

Wendy Gilbert and Fred Gonzalez are middle school art teachers at De Leon Middle School and have recently formed The G Squared Collaborative located at Suite 9 in the McAllen Creative Incubator. Their show, opening Friday, September 7th in the gallery at the McAllen Creative Incubator, during Art Walk, chronicles their journey discovering their creative voices from childhood, including outside influences and the impact their professional partnership has played in their artmaking.

Despite having discovered and followed their passion for art in different times and places, Wendy Gilbert and Fred Gonzalez both share the same view on creating art. Art making or “Arting” should be fun.  Individually, they each have different styles and approaches to creating their art, but influence and challenge each other to always strive to search for new ways to express themselves and build on their skills.

This approach to creating art and enjoying the process has informed their philosophy for teaching art to others, whether it is in the school classroom, a workshop at the Creative Incubator or privately with fellow art nerds.

In addition, Jr VASE artwork from their students at De Leon Middle School will be on display in the atrium. This show will also include Jr. VASE artwork from Lincoln Middle School, which has recently merged with De Leon. Jr VASE is a regional art competition sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association. Students competed in May in Brownsville.

It is in this spirit of joy and fun that we invite you to have fun stepping into the world of the G Squared Collaborative.

Art Walk takes place every first Friday of the month and brings awareness of galleries, in the Arts District.  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.

Feature Art Exhibits at McA2, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen from 7pm-9pm are by The G Squared Collaborative, Wendy Gilbert & Fred Gonzalez, Valley Land Fund and Alonzo Deleon Middle School Jr. Vase exhibit. Confirmed guest are IMAS & McAllen Public library.  It is going to be a great family friendly night to enjoy the arts!