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McAllen Activities at IMAS

We may be half-way through the summer, but we still have lots of programming left! Join us this week for two great family fun events taking place on Thursday. Whether you are into astronomy or nature, we have something for you!

Like always, thank you for your constant support and for keeping up with the latest IMAS News!

Stars & Skies Mysteries:  
Night of Constellations
Thursday, July 17th   
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
Join us at IMAS as we learn about the night's constellations through Science On a Sphere Presentations, the UTPA Planetarium, Art Studio & Science Lab Projects, and much more!

*Included in the price of general admission. 
FREE for IMAS Members. 



Family Fun Night Activity:  
Make a Chia Pet
Thursday, July 17th   
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Make your own Chia Pet that's even better than the store-bought!

*$2.00 per participant, supplies included.  Limited seating.  Not included in the price of general admission.



*Be the Dinosaur is a national traveling exhibit and it is not included in the price of general admission.  Free general admission for IMAS Members.  There is a surcharge of $7 per Adult and $5 per Child (4-12 years).



Mark Your Calendars!
Click Here  or call us at (956) 682-0123 to learn more about our upcoming exhibits and programs!

McAllen, “Mexican American Women” exhibit opens Mid-Valley Library

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McAllen, With the collaborative effort of Pecan Campu Latina's Club and the library, the "Mexican American Women" exhibit will be displayed at the Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery from June 19 to Aug 8. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will showcase black and white photos that features a series of images from the National Women’s History Project. The NWHP is a huge promoter of women as leaders and influential forces in society. Among its objectives, the NWHP strives to inspire today’s women by having them draw strength from those that came before them by telling their story and how important women have been in American society over the course of history.   

For more information, contact Lillian Carillo at (956) 447-1288, or Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488,, or visit  

Join us for an artist talk for the exhibit "Harmony," July 3 @ 3:30pm at our NAH campus!!

South Texas College’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Library presents “Harmony,” an exhibit featuring digital artworks by Rolando D. Garza. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 19, 2014 and will be on view through Friday, Aug. 8. An artist talk will be held on July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the college’s NAH Campus, located at 1101 E. Vermont Ave. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Garza’s playful digital works are greatly influenced by science fiction, geometry, nature, movies and music. He says that his art is constantly evolving and believes that by promoting the arts he will help make the Valley a more beautiful place.  

“Garza’s work is fresh, bold and fun,” said Dawn Haughey, STC Library Art Gallery associate. “Whether we realize it or not, digital art is a huge part of our everyday lives. We see it everywhere we go, on billboards, the internet, even on packaged food items. It is important to exhibit digital artwork, as well as more traditional painted or photographed works, so that it can be appreciated and recognized as a true art form.”  

Garza received a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Texas-Pan American. His background includes work in engineering, computer science, psychology, sculpture and art.  

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.  

For more information, contact Jose Noriega at, (956) 872-3189; or Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488, or visit


McAllen, STC Technology opening “2013 Additions" Exhibit

image002 resized 600 South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents "2013 Additions: Newly Acquired Pieces". This exhibit is a great way to showcase the recently donated works of art in a unique timeline structure. 

The exhibit features work by Lenard Brown, Noel Palmenez and others. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 19, 2014 and will be on view through Friday, Aug. 8 at the college’s Technology Campus Library Art Gallery, located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.   

For more information, contact Maxmilian Garcia at, (956) 872-6207; or Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488, or visit

Mario Aleman Stealing Hearts at McAllen Blues Night

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach... and to a woman’s? It’s listening to Mario Aleman at McAllen Blues Night. Mario Aleman is a Rumba Flamenco guitarist/composer. His fiery music makes you wiggle in your seat as his fingers play across the guitar. His compositions are a pleasure to listen to and his passion is a sight to see.

Mario Aleman’s talent has won him first place at the Art Institute of Dallas' Guitar Wars competition and a performance for formerUSPresident Bill Clinton. In addition to his accomplishments, Mario Aleman is currently promoting his latest CD, Soulspeak, which showcases his beautiful music. 

His work has taken him to Las Vegas, but he’s gracing McAllen with his presence before he goes at the McAllen Blues Night.

Come out and watch Mario Aleman along with Alyse Black & True Velvet and Leigh Holles Band, on June 27 at 7:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator for McAllen Blues Night, sponsored by Valley Keyboards and Glazer's. This is going to be a night of great musical talent! Make sure to get your tickets early and prepare for a night of great music and great fun.Entry includes not only great music, but food, adult beverages, a silent auction, and, new this year, a chocolate dessert bar.  Tickets are on sale now at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for $25. Buy them early- the event sold out last year!

McAllen: Dinosaurios este verano en IMAS

Los dinosaurios están vagando por el Museo Internacional de Arte y Ciencia (IMAS) de McAllen! En su más reciente exposición "Sé el dinosaurio ™"  que está siendo exhibida desde el 8 de junio hasta el 7 de septiembre, 2014,  lleva a los visitantes a 70 millones años en el pasado, donde el período Cretácico fue un tiempo de grandes cambios para los dinosaurios; escucharán los rugidos de los más famosos, como el temible Tyrannosaurus Rex, que hicieron eco en los bosques de América del Norte y los pterosaurios criaturas de los cielos.

El mayor cambio del período Cretácico era la extinción de más de la mitad de los animales del mundo, incluyendo los dinosaurios y pterosaurios. "Sé el dinosaurio ™" es una fusión innovadora de tecnología de última generación de videojuegos y exhibiciones tradicionales, con huesos de dinosaurios de tamaño completo, una estación de campo paleontología, y más. Visitantes de todas las edades pueden entrar en la restauración más larga y compleja de un ecosistema extinto jamás creado.

El amor por los dinosaurios es universal y puede ser disfrutado por todas las edades, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Para más información: IMAS, al tel: (956) 682-0123 o visite

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McAllen Blues Night this Friday!!

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will be hosting,
“Blues Night” on Friday, June 27th .  The event will be held at
601 S. Main St, in McAllen, home to the McAllen Creative Incubator.  This
musical event features Blues and Jazz musicians from Austin.  In addition
to great music, there will be complementary food, beverages and a Silent
Auction.  Tickets are on sale now for $25.  Please call 956-682-2871 for more information or to purchase tickets.

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McAllen: UTSA President Romo’s Photography Exhibit on View at IMAS



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Media Contact: Gaby Jones, Director of Marketing,, (956) 682-0123


UTSA President Romo’s Photography Exhibit on View at IMAS

McAllen, Texas-The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to bring to the Rio Grande Valley the photographs of Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.  His solo exhibition Middle America includes colorful and dynamic photographs of Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico that were taken over the last 10 years.  Middle America will be on view from Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, October 19, 2014.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 

While many Americans are familiar with the urban communities and beaches of Mexico, a 50-year trade embargo between the United States and Cuba has limited travel to that Caribbean island.  Earlier decades of insurgency and violence in Guatemala discouraged most Americans from visiting this region. “This exhibit gives us a glimpse into ancient customs and rich traditions,” explains Arturo Infante Almeida, Curator of the UTSA Art Collection.  “Educator, historian and photographer, Dr. Ricardo Romo explores and documents life among cultures with long and complex histories.  His photographs, wondrous images captured on his travels through Central America, unearth stories that words alone cannot tell”. 


Dr. Ricardo Romo’s photographs have been included in numerous regional art exhibits including Havana, a collection of photographs taken in Cuba, and South Africa, a selection of his photographs taken on a trip to rural South Africa. His Small Town Texas exhibit was displayed at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. An assortment of his photographs was featured in China's most respected photography magazine, Popular Photography. Romo and four other Texas photographers showed their work in the exhibit Infinite Horizons: Visions of Texas as a Texas-China cultural exchange. He states, “I will let the viewer decide if the images provoke new understanding and empathy of something different, something distant.”

Middle America will be on display at IMAS from June 19 to October 19, 2014.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which is included in the price of general admission. General admission is FREE for IMAS members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student w. ID; $4/Child (4-12).  For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit


The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum.  The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections.  The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue.  Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m..  IMAS provides $1 general admission to the public every Thursday evening from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m..  Log onto for more information.

McAllen Blues Night: Real Music, the Real Alyse Black

blackEnslaved by the corporate world, Alyse Black freed herself in her music. She began by singing on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle where she was discovered by a passing musician.

Her struggle became her inspiration and was able to enrapture others in her music. Two of her songs, “Stood for Stand for” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?,” went on to win Billboard’s Annual World Song Contest as well as the Independent Singer-Songwriter Awards.

Since then she has played in some of the most prestigious theaters, recording a commercial for Target, and touring the country.

Her passion is heard through her unique and captivating style. There is nothing to do, but listen to her voice as she plays. Photographed regularly with a flower in her hair, Alyse Black will surely be a phenomenal addition to this year’s McAllen Blues Night and an entertainment for all to experience.

The event will be held at the McAllen Creative Incubator on June 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  Alyse Black will be accompanied by Leigh Holles Band and Mario Aleman for a great show. This is going to be a night of great musical talent! Make sure to get your tickets early and prepare for a night of great music and great fun.Entry includes not only great music, but food, adult beverages, a silent auction, and, new this year, a chocolate dessert bar.  Tickets are on sale now at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for $25. Buy them early- the event sold out last year!

McAllen Blues Night, a newfound tradition

bluesmusic resized 600McAllen has recently exploded in the arts and music world. In an attempt to expand its musical palate, McAllen Blues Night has become an annual tradition to explore blues styled musicians.

This event is a great way to enjoy live music. Musical performances will include local Mario Aleman, a true talented guitar player and composer, Leigh Holles Band, the band whose been a part of this event since the first year, and headlining Alyse Black, a strong musician from Austin.

Throughout the night hors d’oeuvres will be available  along with something new- a chocolate dessert bar. In addition, your entry also includes adult beverages and a silent auction. McAllen Blues Night will be held in the McAllen Creative Incubator on June 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm. You can pick up your ticket at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for only $25. The event is sponsored by Valley Keyboards and Glazer's. But hurry- the event sold out last year!

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