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West Lawn’s EXPO Mural: Coloring 63rd Street

This past year was one of firsts. It was the first time that the Quetzal Art Fest was hosted on the southwest side of the city and the first Fest to include a mural, as we had always hoped for in previous years. While working with Chicago Area Project’s and Lending Hand’s Heidy Grimaldo who …

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La Chamba, a groundbreaking Comic Book for all

For anyone who knows Ricardo “Naco” Gonzalez, they know that he can’t sit still without doodling while having a conversation. That’s how you know he’s paying attention. With a pen in hand, he’ll draw on napkins, receipts, scraps of paper. I’ve seen him use cheap water colors to paint the Joker’s face on a paper …

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EXPO Collective celebrará el quinto Festival de Arte Quetzal en el área de West Lawn en Chicago

CHICAGO – Para celebrar el quinto aniversario de su Festival de Arte Quetzal, EXPO Collective colaborará con Latino Organization of the Southwest y con Chicago Area Project para destacar las artes visuales mediante talleres, exhibiciones y vendedores. El Festival de Arte Quetzal se celebrará el próximo 22 de junio de 2019 desde las 12 del …

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EXPO Collective celebrates 5th Annual Quetzal Art Fest in Chicago’s West Lawn Neighborhood

The Quetzal Art Fest will take place on June 22, 2019 at the intersection of 63rd Street and South Karlov Avenue, from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Activities are designed for people of all ages, from children of 7 years to adults. Over 15 participating artists who make this event possible are members of EXPO Collective, that …

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EXPO Collective hosts 4th Annual Quetzal Art Fest in Brighton Park

In collaboration with SGA Youth & Family Services, ElevArte Community Studio This summer marks the fourth annual Quetzal Art Fest, created by EXPO Collective, an artist accelerator building community through art, and the second year in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The fest will be located in the SGA Youth & Family Services parking lot, on …

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New Exhibition on December 1st

This December along with Sanctuary Citizen and Fulton Street Collective, EXPO Collective will be hosting a one-night-only exhibition dedicated to the xenophobic situations we’re living in today. From understanding immigration to acceptance and tolerance of all people, we at EXPO Collective felt that it was time to present and work with groups that embody the …

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Quetzal Art Fest 2017 to take place Aug. 5!

The sun will be out and hot in August, but it won’t keep EXPO Collective inside. Instead, a group of artists and volunteers will be bringing art to a south side neighborhood in Chicago. On Aug. 5, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., EXPO Collective will host its third annual Quetzal Art Fest in …

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The Power of Collaboration in Art

In the art world, collaboration isn’t exactly necessary. However, the landscape of what it means to be an artist in today’s climate doesn’t allow for artists to be hermits. Over the past few years, I’ve learned quite a bit about the art world and what it means to be an artist although I rarely dabble …

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Villapalooza 2016

Founded in 2011, Villapalooza is a non-profit, free, all day, all ages, music, arts and culture festival. Villapalooza takes place in Little Village and is dedicated to promoting non-violent spaces for arts, cultura and community engagement. Last year, the festival was featured as one of the many elements to the D.I.Y. Cultura movement that continues …

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Augmented Reality in the Visual Arts

When I first heard about augmented reality, it was to find more Twitter followers who were near me. I downloaded the app, held up my phone and though it looked like you were taking a picture, in the sense that you could see the real world through your phone, there were overlays that showed who was nearby. …

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The Wait Is Over– Purchase Your Piece Today!

On Friday, Nov. 18, we hosted a celebration in honor the Chicago Cubs finally winning a World Series. It only took over 100 years! The event took place at the Capital One Cafe, 21 E. Chestnut St., where we provided music (that mixed in the commentator’s announcing winning plays), Lou Malnati’s pizza and refreshments for …

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RECAP: Quetzal Art Fest 2016

This year, the Quetzal Art Fest almost didn’t happen. Due to incredibly busy schedules, people being out of state and other mishaps, we thought QFest would have to be postponed until next year. But the Quetzal turned into our Phoenix for this event. In a month, after pitching the idea to The Miracle Center we were …

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