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 Road, on the border of the Logan Square and Hermosa.

The collaboration between EXPO Collective and The Miracle Center comes at a time when TMC has decided to open up its space as an art incubator in a section of the city that´s deserted to most youth centers and art centers alike. Using the space will enhance awareness of the incubator as well as giving residents of the neighborhood and city an opportunity to experience spending time in the newly remodeled space.

“We are creating a space for local artists to explore their work and build partnerships together that will elevate the arts industry,” said Mary Santana, executive director of The Miracle Center.

With over 20 participating artists, vendors and workshop instructors, the Quetzal Art Fest’s theme this year is “Inspire Your Inner Artist.”

“Many times, artists don’t share their secrets to creating their pieces,” says Christina Elizabeth Rodriguez, CEO of EXPO Collective. “What we want to do this year is showcase a step-by-step process in creating and allowing for residents of the city to feel like artists for the day.”

The EXPO Collective team plans on implementing this idea through various workshops hosted by established artists who have worked all over the city of Chicago. Norma Rios-Sierra will be hosting a piñata making workshop, Brenda and Manny Macias will be hosting a birdhouse painting workshop, there will be sticker making and button making hosted by Trish Garcia and a screen printing activity with Erick “ROHO” Garcia, EXPO Collective’s creative director.

“This year is dedicated to making art accessible to those who’ve had little to no art training,” says Ricardo “NACO” Gonzalez, Director of Artist Relations for EXPO Collective. “We want for individuals to enjoy the experience of feeling like an artist while following an experienced artist along their own journey during our hosted workshops.”

In its philanthropic nature, QFest16 will donate large-scaled pieces to neighborhood non-profits in an effort to beautify spaces around the city, inside and out. Additionally, QFest hopes to bring together artists with the communities they serve, sometimes without recognition or relationship building.

The event is being exclusively sponsored by Capital One.

Participating artists: Aurelio Rodríguez, Norma D Rios-Sierra, Laura Gomez, Jonathan Carradine, Joshua XENO Martínez, Trish García, Chris Duran, Enrique Reyes, Natalia VirafuentesErick ROHO García… more to come.

ABOUT EXPO Collective: EXPO Collective, L3C, founded in 2013, is Chicago’s Artist Accelerator, dedicated to building community through art and providing art as a service through exhibitions, the Quetzal Art Fest and The Exchange. In its three years of existence, EXPO Collective has worked with over 65 artists, has made an impact on over 2,000 people in Chicago’s communities and aims to begin cross-country artistic collaborations.

Follow the conversation at #QFest16 and @EXPOCollective on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT The Miracle Center: The Miracle Center (TMC) is a 501(c)3 arts-based organization dedicated to using the Arts as a catalyst for personal growth, leadership development, academic advancement and community engagement. Our academically- and culturally-enriched, performance-based programming impacts youth and their families by instilling confidence – the catalyzing agent that stimulates behavioral and social change. TMC enables young people to learn the social skills, discipline, self-advocacy and character-building tools needed to become successful students, committed family members, and responsible citizens preventing them from engaging in unwanted pregnancy, gang violence, and drugs-use.

TMC ensures affordable access to the Theater and Performing Arts to youth & young adults, ages 11-25, under the premise that Arts Education inspires people to redirect their focus academically, socially and professionally.

This summer The Miracle Center’s Youth Theater Ensemble presents their production of “The Barrio Project” written & performed by local teens. The show will run from August 11th– 13th, for more information visit www.TheMiracleCenter.org or follow & like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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