Win A Free STC Class!




Win a free semester class at the creative incubator by STC! Register to have a chance to have a full semester of pure learning and knowledge. South Texas College, Professional and Workforce Education and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a variety of art courses through the Creative incubator. Both Institutions are commited to empower all individuals with necessary knowledge and skills to help fulfill personal and professional goals for a better quality life.

The classes among you could choose are:

  • acting
  • cake decorating
  • ceramic painting
  • drawing
  • floral decoration
  • guitar
  • kids ballet folklorico
  • oil painting
  • photography
  • salsa and tango
  • scrapbooking
  • sculpture
  •  sewing
  • workshops creating: mums, wreaths, gift baskets, center pieces

Summer Choir Camp for Children



Carol Brown – Colibrí Music Studio and Children’s Choir

Each summer the colibrí children’s choir hosts a summer choir camp.

This year it will be held July 6-10 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Tuition includes daily snack and camp T-shirt – $125. For information on private and group music lessons, summer choir camp, or membership in the children’s choir, please visit or Facebook: colibrimusicstudio.




McAllen Selects Second City Poet Laureate

The McAllen Arts Council has selected its second poet laureate. Priscilla Celina Suarez will serve in her position until December 31, 2016. She takes over the position from Olga Valle-Herr, who served in the position previously.

Suarez, a lifelong resident of McAllen, is an employee at the McAllen Public Library, working in the marketing department. She has a degree in International Business from UTPA.

“We are so proud that the McAllen Arts Council has selected such a talented poet,” said Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau which oversees the arts program for the Chamber.” She will be a wonderful representative of literary arts for the city.”

Suarez has loved poetry since she was a small child. “When I was in the third grade, I was selected to read a poem to our school principal,” Suarez said. He laughed out loud, and I realized that I loved it.”

In 2005 she began original readings at various venues around the county and beyond. Her reputation has grown to make her one of the area’s foremost poets.

“All of us at the McAllen Public Library are so proud of Priscilla for becoming Poet Laureate of McAllen,”  said Kate Horan, Director of the McAllen Public Library. “Priscilla’s poetry explores language and questions of identity as a native of the Rio Grande Valley in a way that is both strong and vulnerable. I can’t think of a better poet to represent McAllen.”

Suarez’s mentors include well known poet and author Gloria Anzaldua,   and McAllen resident Jan Seale, Texas’s immediate past State Poet Laureate. “Jan is a superhero,” Suarez said. “She was one of the first people I heard performing the spoken word, and she was hilarious. She’s so supportive of literary events and the arts in general.”

Suarez will be performing at Chamber of Commerce events and is available for organizations, classrooms, and other venues. She can be reached at the McAllen Public Library, 956-681-3000.


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RGV Home School Event- June 13th

Home Schooling event is open to all Parents who are home schooling or considering schooling their children at home.  Come find encouragement, resources and friends!

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McAllen Art Grant Program Deadline

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Deadline for applications:  12-noon on Friday, March 13, 2015

 1. Apply: MAC Grant Application 2015 PDF

          McAllen—McAllen Art Grant Program is an open submission grant scheme for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.
The deadline for submission of a McAllen Art Grant is Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12pm.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations would like to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects in McAllen.

Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years have been The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, Los Caminos Del Rio, and David Freeman to name a few.

The grant program in McAllen distributes money from The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on the Arts to individual artists and art organizations.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and The Texas Commission on the Arts are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen. We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.
Applications are available at,  McAllen Arts Council FB Page, and at McAllen Creative Incubator office at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen Texas.    For more information regarding the grants program or to request an application, please contact: Laura Robles, at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687.2787 or  Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790, McAllen, 78505.  Please note we cannot accept faxed or emailed applications. We will only consider applications received by the deadline.

Summer Songwriter Series

It’s Officially Music After Hours week! This Friday at the McAllen Creative Incubator on 601 N. Main Street (the old McAllen library) we kick off our songwriter series All ages! Acoustic Musicians from all across the Rio Grande Valley and to kick off the summer season is Tara Craig award winning songwriter from Austin,TX! Performances by: Alex Cantu of ABCDE – Rebeld Poet and Michael A. Pullen! 7pm and Free JUNE 6th this Friday!

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McAllen Blues Night June 27th

Kick back and enjoy a relaxing evening of lovely blues music at the newly remodeled McAllen Creative Incubator. For second consecutive year the McAllen Blues Night is set for Friday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m., featuring some of your favorite artists.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening’s performances.

Tickets are currently on sale for $25 per person or $400 for a table (includes 8 t-shirts) and are available at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Valley Keyboards and Glazer’s are the McAllen Blues Night’s proud sponsors.

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5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition and Business After Hours, hosted by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council.

5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition and Business After Hours, hosted by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council.

On Thursday, May 29th, the McAllen Arts Council and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will hold the 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition reception and Business After Hours Mixer. The exhibit features the work of McAllen artists and is currently on display in the Art Gallery located within the McAllen Creative Incubator. The reception will be sponsored by the Mcallen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Arts Council.

The mixer is designed to provide networking opportunities with local business people, associates, and the local and out of the area talent. The public is invited to attend.

“The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a venue for artists and art organizations of different art disciplines,” said Ivan Gonzalez. Gonzalez runs the Creative Incubator and is the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Director. “The goal of McA2 is to support the continued professional growth of artists and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community. We believe that strong communities deserve a strong arts program, and with all the talent we have here in McAllen, the Chamber sees it as our duty to support local artists as much as possible.

“What better way to promote your business than networking on a one to one basis, and at the same time enjoying an evening of hors d’oeuvres and wine?’

There is no cost to attend the event.  The McA2 Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main St. (corner of Fir Ave. & Main St.) and the event will be held on Thursday evening, May 29th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Maritza Muñoz at 956-682-2871.

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