IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MCALLEN CREATIVE INCUBATOR PARTNER FOR DISTRICT’S 8TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS EXHIBITION

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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

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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 ivanroq15@gmail.com

For more information on how to become a tenant at the Incubator contact Laura Robles at lrobles@visitmcallen.com 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

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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 www.mcallenlearning.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator
McAllen Creative Incubator
Phone:  956-687-2787
E-Mail:  lrobles@visitmcallen.com

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT NIGHTS by Viol Consort presents Brilliant Romantic

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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.

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  • 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,  chambermusic.rgv@gmail.com  or like our facebook page: Chamber Music Concert Nights by Viol Consort.

CLAY & SCULPTURE CLASSES with Reynaldo Santiago

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CLAY & SCULPTURE CLASSES
with Reynaldo Santiago

Class Description
Students will learn techniques for throwing basic forms (bowls, plates, mugs, pitchers
etc.) on the potter’s wheel as well as hand-building techniques (pinch, coil, and slabbuilding)
if desired. For intermediate and advanced students, I will help you refine your
existing skills and expand your possibilities of design and technique.

Class Info
Various low-fire and medium range clays and glazes will be the primary materials and
the ceramic tool kit. Classes are ongoing and students can start at any time if a time slot
is available. Availability is first come, first serve. I teach beginners, intermediate, and
advanced students together with a 6 student per class limit. Enrollment is $140 per 4
class sessions, and each student must commit to 4 consecutive class sessions
meeting at the same time every class. Consecutive enrollment continues at $140 per 4
class sessions. Individual classes are $40 each after initial enrollment. All classes
are prepaid. PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

Materials (tools, clay, glaze, and firing) are not included in the class price. Supplies are
available for purchase at local art stores and online.

Class Time
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 10-11:30am, 1-2:30 pm, 3-4:30pm,
5-6:30pm (Please call for visits outside of these hours and days.)

Open Studio
For enrolled students after first four sessions, Open Studio is $10 per hour or fraction of
an hour. Clean as you go and same class times when spaces are available.
Any missed classes must be made up within the following week session period
that begins on Monday and ends on the following Saturday. There are no refunds
for classes missed. Rescheduling is dependent on slot availability.
For more information, call (956) 369-2114 or email reynaldoism@aol.com

Location: McAllen Creative Incubator
601 N. Main St.
McAllen, TX 78501
956-687-2787
Incubator Hours: 9 am-6 pm M-F

PRINTMAKING CLASSES with Reynaldo Santiago

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PRINTMAKING CLASSES
with Reynaldo Santiago

Class Description
Students will learn techniques in a desired Printmaking process such as in Relief (woodcut & linoleum),
Intaglio (etching, drypoint, collograph, mezzotint, aquatint), Serigraphy (screen print, photo screen print, t-shirts), Monoprinting, or Lithography (stone, metal, polyester). For intermediate and advanced
students, I will help you refine your existing skills and expand your possibilities of design and technique.

Class Info
Screen printing, etching, and lithography presses are the primary equipment for the printmaking
classes. Classes are ongoing and students can start at any time if a time slot is available. Availability is
first come, first serve. I teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced students together with a 6
student per class limit. Enrollment is $140 per 4 class sessions, and each student must commit to 4
consecutive class sessions meeting at the same time every class. Consecutive enrollment continues at
$140 per 4 class sessions. Individual classes are $40 each after initial enrollment. All classes are
prepaid. PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

Materials (basic tools, paper, inks, etc.) are not included in the class price. Supplies are available for
purchase at local art stores and online. Ask for list of specific materials according to the printmaking
process.

Class Time
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 10-11:30am, 1-2:30 pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm
(Please call for visits outside of these hours and days.)

Open Studio
For enrolled students after first four sessions, Open Studio is $10 per hour or fraction of an hour. Clean
as you go and same class times when spaces are available.

Any missed classes must be made up within the following week session period that begins on
Monday and ends on the following Saturday. There are no refunds for classes missed.
Rescheduling is dependent on slot availability.
For more information, call (956) 369-2114 or email reynaldoism@aol.com

Location: McAllen Creative Incubator
601 N. Main St.
McAllen, TX 78501
956-687-2787
Incubator Hours: 9 am-6 pm M-F

ArtOne-Aurora Vite

IMG_1350Join our Artist Aurora Vite in yearly exhibits at the Incubator

“It’s nice to be recognized for your accomplishments here in the RGV,” Sais Aurora Vite “The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of local Artist thru the McAllen Creative Arts Incubator.  I am pleased and gratified to be an artist at the McA2 and be a part of its Tenancy program.”