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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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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 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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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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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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EXPO Collective to host Second Annual Quetzal Art Fest on City’s North West Side

Over 20 Chicago artists will come together to help attendees ‘Inspire Your Inner Artist’ CHICAGO, IL — For the second consecutive year, EXPO Collective, L3C, will be hosting the Quetzal Art Fest, Chicago’s premier festival dedicated to the visual arts. This year, the Art Fest will be hosted indoors at The Miracle Center, 2311 N. Pulaski …

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WATCH NOW: Reporting in Times of Crisis: Telling Migrant Tales through Creative Storytelling

Last month, one of our founders and CEO of EXPO Collective, Christina Elizabeth spoke at a panel at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations 7th Global Forum. The title of the panel was Reporting in Times of Crisis: Telling Migrant Tales through Creative Storytelling, where she sat among other artists, journalists and documentarians. Watch the …

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D.I.Y Cultura:  Chicago’s Contemporary Mexican-American Cultural Movement

The Situation Chicago’s contemporary Southside is currently the home of many brown and black communities of color.  Often of lower income and working class backgrounds, these neighborhoods have a large growing number of young people many times referred to as “marginalized” or “at-risk youth.” The many labels attached to our communities often focus on poverty, dysfunction, …

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D.I.Y Cultura:  Chicago's Contemporary Mexican-American Cultural Movement

The Situation Chicago’s contemporary Southside is currently the home of many brown and black communities of color.  Often of lower income and working class backgrounds, these neighborhoods have a large growing number of young people many times referred to as “marginalized” or “at-risk youth.” The many labels attached to our communities often focus on poverty, dysfunction, …

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