Announcing auditions for colibrí children’s choir

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Auditions for the colibrí children’s choir will be held on Saturday, September 16 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.

Previous members need not audition but do need to confirm their desire to participate in the choir by September 16. Our first rehearsal will be Sunday, September 17.

The colibrí children’s choir is a community, auditioned treble choir for students in first through ninth 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 and other community celebrations.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. For more information on the program including schedule, fees, and a description of the audition process please visit our website: www.colibrimusic.org.

McAllen Chamber presents 3rd session of Community Classes at the McAllen Creative Incubator

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McAllen Chamber presents 3rd session of Community Classes

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McAllen—The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is offering a series of Community Classes presented by the McAllen Creative Incubator.  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 is offering the following classes this October:

  • Beginner’s Salsa Dance Instruction
  • Beginners Sewing-Quilting
  • Character Design-Drawing Class
  • Chess Step Lessons
  • Chinese Language
  • Crafts with Adriana-Baby Shower
  • Guitar-Learn to play your favorite song
  • Hand Building with Clay
  • Photography for beginners
  • Tai Chi (Saturdays)
  • Tai Chi (Thursdays)
  • The Art of Autobiographical Writing
  • Vocal Coaching-Sing your favorite songs

Most classes are held at the McAllen Creative Incubator, located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.  Courses begin October 2017; register today at www.mcallenlearning.com or by calling Laura Robles at 956-687-2787.

Ruth Hoyt, Photographic Exhibit

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Ruth Hoyt, Photographic Exhibit

The McAllen Creative Incubator features photographer, writer and teacher Ruth Hoyt, as one of the artists exhibiting their work in September 2017. She has been an artist in residence with the Incubator since May 2014.

An opening reception featuring Ruth’s photographic work is scheduled Friday, September 1st, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, Texas. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Ruth’s exhibit opens September 1st in the Atrium and will hang until the end of September. The exhibit features a mix of large canvas gallery-wrapped prints as well as prints using archival, museum-quality paper.

She is known for her bird photography but she also pursues landscape, flora, night and other photography in Texas and other locations across the United States. Ruth uses a professional digital SLR camera for most of her work, but she also uses other cameras including iPhone 6+ and DJI drone camera for some subjects.

For more information about this McAllen Creative Incubator and the exhibits on display, contact Laura Robles at (956) 687-2787 or email at lrobles@visitmcallen.com.  You may also contact Ruth Hoyt directly via phone at (956) 330-2900 or email at ruthhoyt@gmail.com

McAllen Creative Incubator seeks Instructors for upcoming Community Class-Program

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McAllen Creative Incubator seeks Instructors for upcoming Community Class-Program

The McAllen Creative Incubator is offering a series of Community Classes presented by qualified Artists, Teachers & Tenants.  The series called “Community Classes” is meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.  The goal of the upcoming workshop is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Department is seeking Instructors on a variety of subjects for the upcoming workshop series. Plans are to begin the workshop series in September 2017.

Since its beginning this year, we have promoted over 20 community classes in an effort to engage adults in creative processes.  The Community Program is growing successfully. 

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.  If you are an Artist, professional of certified Instructor interested in collaborating to offer a class, please contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at lrobles@visitmcallen.com .

2017 Summer Camps

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The McAllen Creative Incubator is proud to host the following Camps, where students can expand their creativity beyond school curriculum. Contact the Instructor for more info! Additionally, McA2 is participating in the Summer Food & Nutrition Program, which provides free nutritious meals. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by MISD, from June 5 to August 4th to children ages 18 years of age and under. Adults can purchase a meal at a reasonable price.

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2nd Annual Creative IMPACT summer CAMP

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Last years Creative IMPACT summer CAMP  was a big success. Incubators’ Victoria Lopez teamed up with Incubator Tenants and other talented artists to work with students in the realm of arts, focusing on writing, acting, art, and music. It was a beautiful experience and the students who participated last summer have already registered for this summer as well.

Registration for the 2nd Annual Creative Impact Summer Arts Program is now OPEN — the arts are alive!!

Online Form: Sign up Now!

McAllen Arts Council announces winners of the 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit

cropped-MAC.NoBackground.logo_.pngThe McAllen Arts Council, 8th Annual Fine Art juried show encouraged local Artists to submit artwork related to the History of the McAllen Area.  The McAllen Arts Council had a select panel of Judges, observe the technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal, when awarding the photographs.
Over all 20 Entries were received and the best were awarded 1st 2nd & 3rd place.
We proudly congratulate, Valeria Pena, Irene Wazgowska and Luis Suñer for their winning entries.

1st Place
Valeria Escareño Peña, Art piece titled: Shipley’s Donut
Valeria is currently a high School Student.  She is pursuing a career in medicine, but her hobby is photography.  She likes to document her travels near and far.  One of her favorite places to capture is Chicago.  Soon she plans to travel to New Mexico and Arizona for some landscape photography.

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2nd Place
Irene Wazgowska, Art piece title: Nuevo Santander Gallery
New to the Valley, Irene is excited to have the opportunity to explore the McAllen arts scene. On a recent first friday, she was out with her family and caught an image of the Nuevo Santander Gallery on north Main St. She was taken with both the beauty of the building and the treasures that were found within the gallery walls. As she learns more about the city and the Valley as a whole, Irene hopes to continue to capture the gems that reside throughout this part of Texas.

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3rd Place
Luis Suñer, Art piece titled: Sacred Heart Church
Luis Suñer is a Mexican graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience in traditional and digital photography. Luis enjoys shooting without flash or any other set up light, almost all his work is based on the light he faces in every situation, even modeling photos.  Now with the help of computer software, he experiments with a variety of options moving his work to a different level

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Winning entries will be on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main St in McAllen, from May 1st through May 26th.  Visit for free daily from 9am to 5pm.