McAllen Arts Council Accepting Applications for City Poet Laureate

City Poet Laureate Priscilla Suarez & CVB VP Nancy Millar

City Poet Laureate Priscilla Suarez & CVB VP Nancy Millar

            “This is an exciting, educational program for McAllen,” said Laura Robles,Cultural Arts & Incubator Coordinator. “The Arts Council is very pleased to initiate this program, which will aid in drawing attention to the literary arts.”

“While public art such as sculptures and murals is beginning to become more visible around town, the McAllen Arts Council recognized that there were limited options for presenting literary arts to the community,” explained Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. “Having an official City Poet Laureate offers many opportunities to incorporate poetry into official functions,” she said.

The Poet Laureate will hold the title through 2020.

Poets who live, work, attend school or attend worship services in McAllen may apply themselves, or can be nominated by another individual. Applications are available online at www.visitmcallen.com and at the McAllen Chamber and McAllen Creative Incubator offices located at 1200 Ash Avenue and 601 North Main Street respectively. Deadline for applications to be returned to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce is November 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

2018 Poet Laureate – call for

2018 Poet Laureate Application

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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

at the McAllen Creative Incubator

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.

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.

Graphic and Design Layout credits: Ivan Quiroga, Studio 5

Summer 2017 Lego Robotics Camp at McA2

Save the Date Moms & Dad’s
Lego Robotics Camps in August at the “Old McAllen Library” on main street
grades 2nd – 8th

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 Call/text or email Jorge E. Saenz at 956-499-6374 or jsaenz76@gmail.com

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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.

Community Classes Start in June

20170111_102224Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage students in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts. Register now for June 2017 Classes: https://www.mcallenlearning.com/register/

The mission of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s’ McAllen Creative Incubator the “cultural arm “of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, is to help drive the vitality of economic development of the McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley Region by strengthening the partnership between the business and arts and cultural communities.

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.

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