Creative & 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
McAllen Public Utilities
McAllen Recycling Center
Salsa Con Son (dance Performance)
ACTION CALL: drama/acting community
Kylie Garcelon is the Director for an upcoming feature film production in our area called The Heart of Christmas, a Christmas film. The film is being produced by Tara Pirnia of Future Sight Entertainment, LLC.
There are a variety of roles being cast and we want to support the local community by engaging local talent.
AUDITIONS: 13th and 14th of October
CALLBACKS: Sunday 14th October
ADDRESS OF CASTING CALL: 800 S Cage Blvd Ste D, Pharr, TX 78577
TIMES OF CASTING CALL: 11am
EMAIL & PHONE: HOCsubmit@gmail.com
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.
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.