The Third Mexican "Shinzaburo Takeda" Biennial of Printmaking
Apr. 25, 2013 - Jul. 21, 2013
The 10,000 Springs Pavilion
in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution
Feb. 10, 2013 - Aug. 18, 2013
Stained Glass Windows from the Studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany
On Permanent Loan
Family Fun Nights
Enjoy General Admission every Thursday from 4pm-8pm for just $1/person!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
ConventionSouth magazine is featuring "Hot Cities for Winter Events" in their July issue, and McAllen is one of the 50 cities selected!
Starting today, people can vote for their favorite city on ConventionSouth's Facebook page. The 10 cities with the most votes at the end of the contest will be announced in a press release and featured in the July issue!
Can you lend us a hand, McAllen? Just click the link below, visit ConventionSouth's page and vote for McAllen. We have until May 30th to get as many votes as we can, so please vote and encourage your friends and family to do the same! Thanks!
courtesty of McAllen Public Information Office
Ready for a 13.1-mile half marathon, 26.2-mile full marathon or 4-person relay marathon adventure through the streets of tropical McAllen, Texas? Then Save the Date for the inaugural McAllen Marathon set for December 15, 2013!
McAllen’s mild climate, with temperatures ranging from 50 to 71 degrees in December, makes the race all the more appealing. Runners will also be excited to be part of the very first McAllen Marathon, which replaces the longtime International Friendship Run.
“The McAllen Marathon fills the void left when we had to suspend the International Friendship Run due to border issues,” said Wendy L. Smith, Assistant McAllen City Manager. “The Friendship Run was highly successful for 26 years, and local and visiting athletes asked us to keep that racing tradition alive. The McAllen Marathon promises to be a fun, safe event with many opportunities for community involvement.”
Runners are encouraged to show their lighter side by wearing a costume throughout the race. Awards will be given to the runners in the most spirited and creative costumes. Neighborhood organizations, spirit organizations, boy scouts, etc. are encouraged to come out and have fun by hosting a water station, neighborhood cheer station or start/finish line support group. Awards will also be offered to the most spirited and creative support groups. For more volunteer information, click here: email@example.com
Start time will be 7:00 AM for all races, which will start and finish at the De Leon Soccer Fields at Buddy Owens and 34th Street. The race courses are flat and fast, with a South Texas breeze on asphalt routes that will cruise through shady McAllen neighborhoods with all the support needed to get runners across the finish line for their first or fastest time!
Look for more updates soon on the upcoming McAllen Marathon or visitwww.mcallenmarathon.com.
The South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library presents “STC Capstone Student Art Exhibition,” featuring the artwork of Esteban Calderas Jr., Dulce A. Cortés, Victor Manuel Espinoza Jr., Kevin Huerta, Linda L. López and Alexis Ramos. The exhibit will open Tuesday, April 30, 2013 and continue through May 14 at the Mid-Valley Campus Library (Bldg. E) located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. A reception will be held on May 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the same location. Admission to both events is free and open to the public.
“The capstone class is the culmination of an art student's career at South Texas College, before moving on to a bachelor's degree or a career in the visual arts,” said STC Art Instructor Scott Nicol. “The exhibition at the Mid Valley Campus Library will give capstone students the opportunity to present the finest work that they have yet produced, and allow the community the chance to see great art made here in the Rio Grande Valley. There is great diversity in the visions of these six artists, making for what promises to be an excellent show.”
South Texas College’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 Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663 or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.
McAllen: share the suspense –
- be there to make contacts
-- at The WILD FILM Awards SHOW
• Watch only the Award-winning films from
WILD's Spring 2013 Film Contest (which happened on April 23rd)
• Make contact with writers, filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, and film buffs.
• All of this explosive fun is FREE
• Awards provided by South Texas Book Store – Barnes & Noble
* 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 30
• Building D Auditorium (administration building, not the Cooper Center) of South Texas College, McAllen
• For more information, contact Tom Fuschetto at email@example.com or
WILD (Writers In Literary Discussion)
is the oldest student organization at South Texas College (McAllen, TX). The purpose of WILD is to promote all things creative.
See what films were chosen as:
First Place, Second Place, Third Place, best Animation, best comedy, best horror, best action, best drama, best poetic film, best cinematography, best story, best actor, best actress, best director, best screenplay, best technical achievement, best documentary, and best Valley film.
All people are invited. For more information, contact Tom Fuschetto at 872-3487 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is invited to the 6th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (V.I.P.F.) on Apr. 25—28, 2013 at events across the Rio Grande Valley and Matamoros. Evening events will be held in Edinburg on Thursday and in McAllen on Friday. Many events will take place on Saturday from morning to night as 50 registered poets from across the Valley and Texas—and even poets from England Minnesota, and Washington and northern Mexico converge in the Valley to participate in workshops, poetry slams, and readings during our four-day festival.
The festival, which started with 18 registered Rio Grande Valle poets in 2008, has since grown steadily, welcoming poets from around the world. This year, we have an additional 15 poets whose submitted work was accepted into Boundless, the official anthology of the Rio Grande Valley Int’l. Poetry Festival—with poems coming in from the U.K., Guatemala, and across the U.S.
“People often ask me, ‘Why just poetry?’” García Ordaz said. “It’s not that we’re against prose. We have quite a few budding novelists and some well-published folks that attend. We focus on poetry as a salute to National Poetry Month. More importantly, it’s because you don’t get rich being a poet. Nobody sells the movie rights to a haiku. If you want to make money, write a collection of short stories or a novel. If you want to make a difference, write a poem.”
Featured poets include Amalia Ortiz (HBO’s Def Poetry), Tammy Gómez, Lupe Méndez, Emmy Pérez, Diana Dominguez, and Mona D. Sizer.
“One of the things that makes V.I.P.F. unique is that we are the only poetry festival in the world with concurrent readings in two different countries,” said Daniel García Ordaz, one of the founders of the four-day festival. “We also feed the poets as part of our Poetry Pachanga. You don’t get that at other festivals.”
The Poetry Pachanga—the precursor to the festival—originated in 2007 when García Ordaz organized a reading by 14 poets at UT-Pan American.
“We had fourteen poets and twelve tamales,” he said. “We knew the Valley was ready to support a festival when one poet’s son flew in from Dallas just to hear his dad read for ten minutes. We had 170 people in the audience and we saw the hunger for festival like this.”
V.I.P.F. is a program of Art That Heals, Inc. and is sponsored in 2013 by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Creative Alignment Consulting, El Zarape Press, Edinburg Arts, and Barrio Poet Productions. The mission of Art That Heals, Inc. is to encourage cultural awareness by promoting the arts and to use art to help end the AIDS pandemic.
Most events are free and open to the public—except for some workshops with limited seating for the registered poets and a private dinner that is unique to our festival: the Poetry Pachanga—which includes public readings following dinner.
For a full schedule of dates, times, and locations and for a list of poets, biographies, and other details, visit www.vipf.org/sched.html. Contact the festival via e-mail at email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
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The Art That Heals, Inc. logo depicts a red ribbon for HIV/AIDS awareness, a pen, and a paintbrush—which incorporates the arts.
The V.I.P.F. logos include flowers and birds. Birds in the ancient/pre-Columbian Americas are historically depicted as representatives of poet-gods, as deities often transformed into hummingbirds and other birds.
Note to the media: please open the attachment Poetry Media Fest for media contact information and our entire program--also attached for bios, event locations/times, etc. for details.
VIPF Program Final
Poetry Fest Media
McAllen now has its own poet laureate. The McAllen Arts Council announced Olga Valle-Herr as the first Poet Laureate for the city. In her role, Valle-Herr will write poetry for city functions and promote the growth of poetry in theRio GrandeValley. “I am giddy with pleasure and grateful for being named Poet Laureate for the City ofMcAllenfor a year. I will do my best to promote the art of poetry in our wonderful border city,” Valle-Herr said.
The term Poet Laureate comes from the laurel plant that was used in Ancient Greece to form a crown of honor for poets and heroes. A poet laureate is a poet selected by an institution or government to compose poems for special events.
Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said, “We are so pleased with the choice of Ms. Valle-Herr to represent the city as Poet Laureate. She will be influential in drawing attention to the literary arts in our community.”
An excerpt from one of her poems titled One Man’s Dream: “They built houses and churches, furniture and buildings, fences and bridges. In his golden years, he’d walk the city he would point and proudly say, ‘I helped build that church,’ or ‘That house was built to last.’ It started with one man’s dream but achieved with a whole community belonging to all who work in little groups TOGETHER.”
“Poetry has been the perfect outlet for me to captivate times of joy, love, sorrow, and healing plus a way to make sense of my life and the world around us. I believe each of us brings our own feeling, our own past experience, our own inspiration that enriches our lives and that of others through poetry or other forms of art. Writing poetry and prose has been my way to explore how I became the person I am today, and I hope to instill my love of words to many more now that I have been awarded this honor as Poet Laureate of McAllen,” Valle-Herr said.
Deadline for applications: 12-noon on Friday, May 31, 2013
McAllen— McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Art Sub-Granting Program is an open submission grant program 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 McAllen Chamber of Commerce's Arts Council and Texas Commission on the Arts have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley with a sub-granting program for several years. For the upcoming year, the two organizations plan to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects inMcAllen.
Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years include The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, IMAS and Valley Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
Ivan Gonzalez, Director of Cultural Arts for The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, said, “The McAllen Chamber and 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.”
You may download an application online here. For more information regarding the grants program, contact Gonzalez at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, May 31, 2013.
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 that faxed or emailed applications cannot be accepted. The McAllen Arts Council can only consider applications received by the deadline.
The Valley Polo Club cordially invites the community to the First Annual Polo Extravaganza at Spring Fest Park on Sunday, April 14th. Gates open at 1:00pm with the main polo match beginning at 3:00pm. Spring Fest Park is located at 3199 S. 23rd Street in McAllen.
This event is free to the public and is to promote the game of polo in the Rio Grande Valley. There will be food and drinks available. Dress code is casual.
FOR MORE INFO VISIT: WWW.VALLEYPOLOCLUB.COM
Esta es una gran oportunidad para ganar un fin de semana gratis en McAllen para si misma, para su querida mama o su esposa.
Solo necesita llenar la solicitud en:
Los ganadores serán seleccionados el 6 de Mayo de 2013.
*Para ser considerado como ganador(a) en este concurso, necesita ser residente de México y tenar 18 años de edad o mas.