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Art in the Time of COVID-19

Everyone can agree, it’s a weird time. We’re sheltering-in-place, hunkered down in our “home offices,” working from home (for some of us) and trying to find ways to entertain ourselves because staying at home clearly isn’t held within our DNA anymore. At least not for 10 days straight. So, artists have taken to the interwebs, …

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Calaveras y Rosas: Creating from the Heart

Ángela Miranda-Hernández lives in a home that looks like her art. Bold colors on the wall, pieces of art collected from Mexico hanging on them, a wide open dining room welcoming on a cold day. Up a few stairs, her small bedroom studio has everything she needs to create her jewelry and itself is a …

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Art for the People

Norma Rios Sierra, 39, is a mixed media artist who creates with everything from glass, stone, paper and paint. She was born in Mexico City and now lives in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. After meeting Norma through exhibitions for EXPO Collective, we worked on the Quetzal Art Fest together, hosted an art show …

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Created from the community, for the community.

Meeting with Kira Aguirre is never boring or lackluster. Her welcoming smile and open energy makes anyone comfortable in her presence. I’ve known the artist for a few years as she was a participant in various EXPO Collective exhibitions and was always involved in something artistic in Pilsen. I sat down with her at Pilsen …

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With help from HNA, EXPO gifts art to Nixon Elementary

Since 2016, EXPO Collective has had a strong connection with the Hermosa Neighborhood located on the northwest side of Chicago. That was the year that The Miracle Center opened its doors to the second annual Quetzal Art Festival, planting the seed for an ever growing relationship with the neighborhood. The newly established Hermosa Neighborhood Association …

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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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