Workshop and Studio space available at the McAllen Creative Incubator

There is a studio available at the McAllen Creative Incubator!

The McAllen Creative Incubator is a venue that offers low cost studios for start-up artists.  The Incubator is meant to foster the creativity of its tenants and provide emerging artists with support.  The goal of the McAllen Creative Incubator is to support the continued professional growth of artists in order to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our community.”

Please help us find the best Artist for our Incubator.

  1. Interested Artist can submit an application along with a Business Plan and samples of their work, via email or mail the forms to the below listed address.
    1. Application can also be downloaded here –à
  1. Several “Potential Tenants” will be Interviewed and asked to submit to a background check.
  2. Studio available is a 12X12 space and rents for $180 a month.

Interested applicants can contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at


8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit Entry Form Photography Contest-Entry Form

McAllen Arts Council announces 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit-Photography Contest

Entry Form: 8th Annual.Entry Form.2017

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council is pleased to announce the eighth (8) annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Arts Exhibit.

There is no age limit for participation. All work must be the original work of the participant.  This is a Juried Show; Artists are encouraged to submit artwork related to the

Theme: Architectural History of the Rio Grande Valley

 A maximum of 10 entries per artist may be submitted for consideration.  To submit artwork for consideration, bring your entries on a USB to Laura Robles to 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX before April 10th from 8am-5pm.

Artists may submit entries the following ways:

  1. Download “Entry Form” and fill out the form the website
  2. on a CD or USB flashdrive (CD/flashdrive will not be returned)
  3. Submit on no more than 2 jpgs via e-mail to   For emailed entries, include required entry information with each image            sent as it corresponds to entry form. Limit 2 jpegs per artwork: 1 full view &         1 (optional) detail or alternate view. Title each jpeg file to correspond with     the # on the entry form as such:
    yourlastname_entry#.jpg. Each jpeg must be limited to 1024 pixels on the   longest side.

Photographs are judged by a selected panel on technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal.  Submissions that do not comply with these rules will not be presented to the juror.  The decision of the judges is final.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Visit McAllen, McAllen Creative Incubator, City of McAllen, and McAllen Arts Council are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged materials.

Ribbon prizes, for each category, will be awarded.

Selected Artwork:

Art must be mounted or matted with no frame.  Photo sizes between 5”x7” and 12”x16” are eligible.  Entries are accepted until April 24th.

Winning entries will be on display from May 1st through May 26th in the McAllen Creative Incubator Exhibit Gallery from 9am to 5pm; except for Friday, May 1st when it will be available for the Art Walk 6pm-9pm. Art work will be available for sale during Art Walk. Entrance to the Incubator is always free.

All artists interested in participating are encouraged to bring their entry or entries to the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX or contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or email her at

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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

Open Mic-July 8th

Open Mic-July 8th

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with Prelude will be hosting a monthly “Open Mic” talent search this summer. The sessions take place on Friday, July 8, and August 5 from 7:00 pm– 9:00 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.
Sign up to participate at:




Open Mic-Summer Sessions


Aspiring musicians are Invited to showcase their Talents during the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Open Mic Sessions this summer

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with Prelude will be hosting a monthly “Open Mic” talent search this summer. The sessions take place on Friday June 3, July 8, and August 5 from 7:00 pm– 9:00 p.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen.

Don’t miss your opportunity to perform for a spot in one of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce events, such as the Food Park Unplugged.

Food Park Unplugged is a Free event open to all ages and features live performances that rocks the block in the heart of McAllen’s Arts and Entertainment Districts as the Valley’s first-ever Mobile Food Truck Park,” said Yajaira Villarreal, “Open Mic, this summer will bring forth, raw talent.  We are constantly looking for local talent to perform at the Food Park Unplugged.”  FPU takes place every third Friday of the month. 7:30pm-9:30pm at 10 N. Broadway, McAllen.

During this Open Mic auditions, Artists could also be selected to perform for the Art Walk at the Creative Incubator.

Art Walk in conjunction with Music After hours takes place every first Friday of the month from September thru May.

Additionally, musicians could be selected to perform for The Prelude’s booking team, which books musicians for events throughout the Valley.

Aspiring performers across the Valley are encouraged to sign up and  reserve their spot, by signing up at .  Artists can also show up at Open Mic night, but this is discouraged as spaces are limited. For further inquiries or questions contact The Prelude at (956-335-5173).


April 20th-Visit with former MISD Student Caitlin Diaz

Caitlin Diaz, a MISD graduate and former KMAC student, has found success as a film maker in Los Angeles and will be visiting the RGV April 20th, specifically on this day, the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N Main St. Ms. Diaz will have a screening and open discussion about experimental and DIY film-making to aspiring students and/or anyone interested in the topic or pursuing this career. She recently collaborated with Beyoncé’s team to produce her latest music video “Formation”.


Caitlin Diaz Final Flyer

Studio & Workspace available at an affordable price at the McAllen Creative Incubator

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants of the McAllen Creative Incubator.  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 porcelain painting, choir lessons and a children’s Acting Studio, just to name a few.  The studio space available is a 12 x 12 space and rents for $175.00 a month.

To apply for studio space, interested artists need to submit a completed application, samples of work, resume and a business plan.   Applications can be pick-up at the Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen  or it is also available online at

For assistance with the business plan, set an appointment with Mr. Jorge Sanchez, Business Development Coordinator for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 956-687-2787.  Completed application and business plan can be submitted directly to the McAllen Creative Incubator or the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, at 1200 Ash, P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.

Studio Available 2016