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An Open Letter to Young Brown Girls Everywhere

Dear Brown Girl, You see everything. You notice people around you growing and changing, because you are perceptive. Keep that. Trust your instincts. This world will tell you that feelings are not real and that logic trumps all of that, but know that those feelings are generationally taught. You’ve inherited an eye and an instinct […]

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Best of Yollo

Held at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Best Of Yollo show is a collection of work by the young people of Yollocalli Arts Reach. The opening is on March 24 from 5-8 p.m. and runs through Aug. 13. It is free and family friendly. 1852 W. 19th Street.

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Back of the Yards coalition raises funds to put neighborhood youth through college

*To read in Spanish scroll down Para leer en español baja Every year the Peace and Education Coalition, an alliance of public schools, organizations and businesses in Back of the Yards, organizes its annual fundraiser aimed to support local students throughout college. This year is not the exception. The coalition has been busy putting together […]

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National Museum of Mexican Art begins 2014 with three new exhibits

Three new exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art are set to showcase a diverse set of collages and prints, from a distinct pool of Mexican artists starting Thursday Jan. 16. One of them is called Galería Sin Fronteras, a collection by sociology professor from the University of Notre Dame, Gilberto Cardenas. Cardenas, who […]

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Honoring the printmaking mastermind behind La Catrina

More than a thousand art lovers showed up for the opening reception of the popular Day of the Dead exhibit titled “100 Años de Posada y Su Catrina” at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Pilsen, Friday Sept. 13. Curated by Dolores Mercado from NMMA, the exhibit was designed to honor the 100-year […]

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Theater Company Hopes to Spark Dialogue With New Production “Mojada”

Several Chicago theaters are expanding the conversation about immigration reform this summer; producing plays that tell the stories of immigrants and those who struggle to welcome them. As the immigration debate gains momentum in Congress and across the nation, proponents of theater with a social spin said public dialogues create awareness and allow for a […]

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Cultural Exchange to Bring Son Jarocho Tradition and Culture to Chicago

A cultural exchange will teach local musicians about the roots of son jarocho, a musical folk style from Veracruz Mexico. The exchange will bring a total of 35 son jarocho artists from Veracruz to Chicago over the course of the year. They will participate in a series of concert programs and workshops highlighting the traditions […]

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Almas Sin Fronteras Auction

Almas Sin Fronteras (Souls Without Borders) is a collection of 30 works by artists of the Pintoras Mexicanas Collective that will be auctioned off to raise funds to benefit the Hermanos en el Camino migrant shelter. This project aims to support the humanitarian efforts that the Hermanos en el Camino shelter provides in the town […]

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Radio Arte, Yollocalli Moving to Little Village

Two community arts and media youth organizations moving out of Pilsen to continue programming in Little Village Pilsen’s own youth radio station said goodbye to the airwaves on Dec. 30. WRTE 90.5 FM (Radio Arte) was one of the few radio stations led by teens in the city. For 15 years the radio station offered […]

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Sandra Cisneros Discusses New Book at National Museum of Mexican Art

A large crowd gathered at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) on Thursday, Oct. 25 to welcome author Sandra Cisneros and illustrator Ester Hernandez. Part of the NMMA’s Sor Juana Festival: A Tribute to Mexican Women, Cisneros read and discussed her new book “Have You Seen Marie?”—a story based on her grief over her […]